#FixTheCountry to hit streets today, set to petition Parliament over E-levy

#FixTheCountry to hit streets today, set to petition Parliament over E-levy

In a bid to express their displeasure to the government over some policies stated in the 2022 budget, members of the #fixthecountry movement are set to hit the streets today 26th November 2021 to protest against the government over those issues.

Their protest is stemming from the recent budget read by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta that revealed the intended introduction of a 1.75% tax on all electronic transactions which has also generated a lot of discussions in the country .

Also, charges on all government services have been upwardly adjusted by 15%.

“Electronic transactions covering, mobile money payments, bank transfers, merchant payments, and inward remittances will be charged at an applicable rate of 1.75 per cent, which shall be borne by the sender, except inward remittances which will be borne by the recipient,” Ken Ofori-Atta announced.

But, the group is not enthused about the moves by the government and is calling on Parliament to reject those proposals.

One of the conveners of the movement, Benjamin Darko in an interview ahead of the demonstration said the group will present a petition to Parliament.

He explained that the Executive can only propose but it is Parliament that has the power to accept those proposals and impose them on Ghanaians.

“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.”

By: Stella Annan | myactiveonline.com Twitter @activetvgh

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