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    E-Levy will bring back armed robberies on the highways – Transports unions cry

    The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) says the introduction of the controversial E-Levy by the government on all electronics transactions especially mobile money will bring back robberies on major roads in the country.

    “We have been attacked on several occasions by armed robbers when they realized we carried huge sums of money on us”. Head of Communications of GPRTU, Abas Ibrahim Moro has said.

    The Electronic Transaction Levy was contained in the 2021 financial statement presented to Parliament by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.

    The tax, according to the government will attract 1.75 percent on mobile money transactions.

    According to the government, the proposed E-Levy will generate GHC 6.9 billion annually.

    Meanwhile, some economists have said the levy will only add up to the already existing hardship in the country most especially amongst the poor.

    The minority in Parliament on several occasions rejected the Levy in the house saying capital cannot be taxed or one item cannot be taxed twice since the telcos are already taxing the people.

    However, speaking on the development during a discussion on TV XYZ monitored by MyNewsGH.com, Head of Communications of GPRTU, Abas Ibrahim Moro said “The cashless system helps we the drivers”.

    He said drivers have been attacked severally when robbers noticed they and their passengers carried cash on them hence the introduction of E-Levy is going to force robbers back on the road to operate.

    “Because we have been attacked on several occasions by armed robbers when they realized we carried money with us. On several occasions, they kill the driver to have access to the passengers and other things on board. So mobile money was good but the introduction of the E-Levy is what we are talking against. When people were using the cashless system in their businesses robbery cases on the highway eventually reduced”, Mr Abas Ibrahim Moro said.

     

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