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    E-levy; ‘Parliament is not for the people’ – Fighters League Lament

    The pressure group, Economic Fighters League, has raised concerns against the approval of the E-levy by Parliament.

    They believe that the approval indicates Parliament is not working for the people.

    Parliament passed the E-levy on Tuesday, March 29 after the Minority had walked out.

    But the Fighters in a statement said “Ghanaians have been explicit in our rejection of the E-levy since it was first introduced in the 2022 budget reading. Since then we have watched the people who are supposed to represent us dance around the issue, trivialising the state of Ghanaian livelihood as they made E-levy cakes, and jumped in and out of chambers while discussing reducing a levy that the People have consistently said NO to.

    “It should not have to be stated that Ghanaians are already facing extreme hardship, with the skyrocketing prices of basic commodities, in large part due to the recent changes to tax structures such as VAT, and the astronomical rising price of fuel. To pass the E-levy in this climate is simply wickedness, a wickedness that the Ghanaian People will not forget.”

    Below is their full statement…

    NEWCONSTITUTIONNOW: PASSING OF THE E-LEVY PROOF THAT PARLIAMENT IS NOT FOR THE PEOPLE

    After months of a shameful political charade, the Parliament of Ghana has proved to Ghanaians that its members do not stand with the People of Ghana. The Economic Fighters League commiserates with all Ghanaians and assures our brothers and sisters that their voices are heard.

    Ghanaians have been explicit in our rejection of the E-levy since it was first introduced in the 2022 budget reading. Since then we have watched the people who are supposed to represent us dance around the issue, trivialising the state of Ghanaian livelihood as they made E-levy cakes, and jumped in and out of chambers while discussing reducing a levy that the People have consistently said NO to.

    It should not have to be stated that Ghanaians are already facing extreme hardship, with the skyrocketing prices of basic commodities, in large part due to the recent changes to tax structures such as VAT, and the astronomical rising price of fuel. To pass the E-levy in this climate is simply wickedness, a wickedness that the Ghanaian People will not forget.

    There were many viable alternatives. This Parliament could have abolished ex gratia; it could have cut its frivolous expenditure; it could have reduced Article 71 office-holder’s pay; it could have cut tax concessions for foreign companies; it could have insisted on reclaiming Ghanaian ownership of Ghanaian resources. This Parliament could have committed itself to ending corruption. But this Parliament instead chose to burden the already suffering Ghanaian People.

    In ignoring the voices of the People, Parliament has confirmed what we all know – that this rotten system which is held in place by the corrupt NPP-NDC duopoly must be crushed in order to save the People of Mother Ghana.

    The People MUST govern, something that can only happen under a new, people-centred Constitution.

    A People’s Constitution must guarantee a long-term National Development Plan binding on all governments; must assure Proportional Representation in governance; must underpin a People’s Parliament that is able to hold the Executive accountable; must put the People first!

    #NewConstitutionNOW

    The Economic Fighters League has for years declared no confidence in the partisan crop of legislators who occupy Parliament under the false fourth republic. The display of deliberate incompetence by the NDC in the passage of E-Levy only serves to further justify Fighters’ call for a competent alternative beyond the partisan NPP-NDC corporations and their 30 year track record of refusal to represent the People in whom Ghana’s sovereignty resides.

    Organization is Power, in the streets and in Parliament; as such Fighters is organizing to plant competent persons in Parliament, whose duty will be to protect the People’s interest.

    ARISE, all Ghanaians – we must unite to reclaim power and break the rotten duopoly. Our very lives and livelihoods depend on it.

    Towards the reclamation.

    NewConstitutionNOW #TheAlternativeIsComing

     

     

     

     

     

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