One of the Founding members of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP), Andrews Kwame Pianim, has tackled Minister for Communication and Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Constituency, Hon. Ursula Owusu over her utterances about the E-levy.

Mr. Andrews Kwame Pianim who is a former government official, Business Economist and an investment consultant, first dismissed assertions by Ursula Owusu that anyone who makes mobile money transactions that exceeds GH¢100 in a day is not poor.

According to the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, anyone who transacts more than 100 Ghana cedis on Mobile money a day cannot be described as a poor person and must be subject to the newly proposed E-Levy.

“The state is saying that if you are sending up to a GH100 a day, cumulatively you can send up to GH3000 a month, that is all going to be tax-free. Now if you have more than a GH100 to send a day, then you’re not poor,” she stated.

Reacting to the Minister for Communication, Mr. Pianim stated that “you sit down and say that someone sending GH¢100 is rich and must pay e-levy, what if the person’s turnover is the GH¢100. What is the profit on that amount? For instance, if someone earns GH¢5 per day. Multiply that by 30 and you will get GH¢1500, divide that by six and you will get $20. That is the person’s earning for a month and she claims you are not poor?” 

According to him, the imposition of the 1.75% tax on electronic transactions above 100 cedis on Ghanaians who are already suffering is a wrong move to raise funds for infrastructure and, therefore, must be abandoned.

“We have to go back to the basics. This expenditure, what is it on it for? Do we get value for money?”

He believes that the 2021 Appropriations Bill for the 2022 fiscal year was approved by the Parliamentarians because they will benefit from it.

“When they get to Parliament, do they know what poverty is? We pay them well. Parliamentarians benefit from expenditures so is that why they approved the appropriation,” he disclosed.



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