A former Methodist Bishop Bosomtwe Ayensu has criticized former President John Dramani Mahama claiming he is out of touch with reality while questioning his decision to repeal the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) law, when he assumes office as Ghana’s leader in 2025.
Addressing the nation on the theme ‘Ghana at the crossroads’ Mr. Mahama had said the E-levy is only a distortionary and burdensome tax that only forces Ghanaians to pay more while suffering.
“Unfortunately in the face of this self-inflicted economic catastrophe, this government against all sound advise has decided to introduce the E-Levy that heaps more suffering on Ghanaians,” Mr. Mahama said.
“A new national democratic congress government, God willing, with the votes of the sovereign people of Ghana, in 2025 will repeal the E-Levy act,” he added.
Reacting to the former president’s position on Friday (6 May 2022), Bishop Ayensu described the pronouncement by the former president and his opposition party as backward and an attempt to sway voters.
“A leading opposition party says this government has been borrowing to fund projects But it [the government] has been strategic this time to introduce this homegrown policy to build our nation. So if someone says he will repeal this law when he wins power then such a person will not even win power to abort it.
“If the E-levy is a good policy why will you abolish it? Such people can’t even do it because history keeps guiding us. Such comments usually end up as a political talk and deceit,” he added.
He called on Ghanaians to help push the government’s agenda to industrialize the country under the leadership of the president, His excellency, Nana Akuffo Addo.
The Bishop was interviewed by journalists on the sidelines of the Methodist Church’s 25th Synod at the Mount Zion Methodist Church at Obuasi in the Ashanti Region.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH