Former Member of Parliament for Kumbungu Constituency in the Northern Region, Ras Mubarak, has heavily criticized Haruna Iddrisu for his new position on the controversial E-levy.
This comes after the Minority Leader stated at the 10th-anniversary launch of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications in Accra on Thursday, December 2, 2021 that his side would accept the e-levy if it is reduced to 1% from 1.75% proposed in the budget statement, a position that is contrary to the earlier decision of the Minority to reject the proposal entirely.
“A week ago, we said no, we won’t accept e-levy but having listened to officials in government, including the Minister of Finance, I am convinced to accept a departure from my original no to accepting a one percent e-levy,” he stated.
Reacting to Mr. Haruna Iddrisu’s new position, Ras Mubarak noted that the Minority Leader has completely lost the plot.
“It is no longer the views of experts like Kwame Pianim, Terkper, Ato Forson, Nii Moi Thompson, & others that matter but that of the Finance Minister who’s run the economy to the ground. What a joke. What have they done with taxes collected already?”
“In case the Minority Leader hasn’t been reading the Auditor General’s report, over 1.2billion cedis disappeared into thin air due to procurement irregularities and no one has been held responsible. There’s wanton dissipation of public funds and you want them to take more from the people albeit 1% and waste it as we’ve seen in 5years? This is nothing short of a betrayal of the people’s cause,” he stated.
He further stated that “it’s the sort of shifty attitude and dangerous flip flopping that make the public feel NDC and NPP are the same.”
Meanwhile, the Minority Caucus in a statement issued by Asawase lawmaker, Muntaka Mubarak has said its position on the proposed 1.75 per cent e-levy has not shifted.