Hundreds of Ghanaians have stormed the streets of Accra, the national capital of Ghana, demanding the rejection of the ruling New Patriotic Party’s 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.
The #FixTheCountry protesters besieged the Parliament of Ghana earlier today, Friday, November 26, 2021, where lawmakers are discussing the next year’s budget.
They first massed up Tema Station near the Hockey Pitch in Accra before marching to the Parliament House to present a petition to lawmakers.
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, presented the 2022 Budget a few days ago, introducing a new Telecommunications tax dubbed: ‘e-levy’ which many Ghanaians are opposing.
The protesters are arguing that parts of the 2022 budget on taxation are hindrances to the economic wellbeing of Ghanaians.
For instance, the mentioned the Electronic Transaction Levy as an example of taxes that will adversly affect the Ghanaian economy and bring more hardship to Ghanaians.
Benjamin Darko, one convener of the protest in had earlier told the press “We are going to present a petition to the leadership of Parliament. We believe that the Executive has the power to propose, but Parliament is the only institution that has the power to impose.”
Mr Ofori-Atta, while presenting the budget, said a 1.75% tax on all electronic transactions was going to be introduced in 2022.
Again, he noted that government was increasing its services charge to 15%.
He noted specifically that “Electronic transactions covering, mobile money payments, bank transfers, merchant payments, and inward remittances will be charged at an applicable rate of 1.75 percent, which shall be borne by the sender, except inward remittances which will be borne by the recipient.”
The post Video: Ghanaians hit streets to demonstrate against ‘killer’ Budget appeared first on African Entertainment.