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Majority Set To Trigger Removal Of ‘Absentee’ MP Adwoa Safo – Sources

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Majority Set To Trigger Removal Of ‘Absentee’ MP Adwoa Safo – Sources

A Member of Parliament who absents her or himself for 15 straight working days without permission risks losing their seats.

That is the situation that Dom-Kwabenya MP Sarah Adwoa Safo finds herself in, with sources stating that moves to declare her seat vacant will be triggered this week.

Joy FM’s Parliamentary correspondent late last week confirmed that Friday, February 18, 2022 was officially the 15th day that the MP had absented herself.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Top Story programme, he stated that some members of the Majority Caucus had hinted that she will be reported formally to the Privileges Committee for onward action.

According to Kwesi Parker-Wilson, the official records show that the MP has been absent or the whole of 2022. He explained further that MPs with valid reasons for being away are usually recorded a “Absent With Permission.”

“There are some NPP MPs who are attributing the delay of the passage of the E-Levy to Adwoa Safo. Infact today (February 18) is 15 Parliamentary sittings. She has missed 15 sittings.

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“If you look at Order 15 and 16, it states that ’Any member who absents him or herself from Parliamentary duties for more than 15 working days, the matter will be referred to the Privileges Committee and they will establish whether your absence has a just cause or not.’

“So next week Tuesday (February 22) will be the 16th day. If she doesn’t appear before the House, we are told and we are learning from the NPP Caucus that they are going to invoke Order 15, 16, and 17 and refer the conduct of Sarah Adwoa Safo to the Privileges Committee.”

The Committee will subsequently make a determination and forward their recommendation to the Speaker. They will recommend that the seat should be declared vacant if she is deemed to have abandoned her responsibilities.

Adwoa Safo has become talk of time in recent past with two NPP MPs suggesting that her continued absence from Parliament was adversely affecting government business because of the hung nature of the lawmaking chamber.

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In an interview earlier this month on Okay FM monitored by GhanaWeb, Michael Okyere Baafi, the New Juaben South MP said Adwoa Safo had clearly been attempting to use her seat as a bargaining chip and in essence has been working to sabotage the government.

“136 of us; the NPP MPs go to Parliament except for one person, Adwoa Safo. When you ask the leaders they refuse to give straight answers. We don’t know where Adwoa Safo is. She doesn’t come to parliament and it’s worrying . . .

“Clearly her behaviour shows she wants to sabotage NPP; I’m speaking on authority. She is to be blamed for all our problems. If you’re sick, you don’t have to blackmail the party. We need to call a spade a spade,” he fumed.

Similar sentiments were expressed by Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong.

 

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Mahama’s Promise To Cancel E-levy Is A Political Talk – NPP

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The ruling government New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said John Mahama's promise to Ghanaian to scrap the E-levy if NDC win power in 2024 is a just a political tlak.

The ruling government New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said John Mahama’s promise to Ghanaian to scrap the E-levy if NDC win power in 2024 is a just a political talk.

According to NPP, the e-levy which started on Sunday, May 1 cannot be abolished by the NDC party.

Just like the one-time premium and the repeal of talk tax that John Mahama and his NDC promised, but failed to implement when they were in power, this promise is just a political talk.”

“In any event, can John Mahama explain the difference between his 17.5% tax on financial transactions and his manifesto pledge to impose a uniform tax on all electronic transactions? Are these measures E-Levy in disguise and does he stand by them?” Communications Director of the NPP Yaw Buaben Asamoa wondered at a press conference in Accra Wednesday.

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He stressed: “If we reflect deeply, we will accept, as the records show, that significant change to our political institutions and conduct, economic structure and management and positive social impact, has mostly happened under the NPP’s watch.

“Many very significant national reverses occurred under the six years of John Mahama’s Presidency. He has since been rejected twice in elections. It’s possible his recent address is motivated by self-preservation towards his continued leadership of the NDC into 2024, given that both insiders and external observers are writing him off”.

He added: “Under John Mahamas’ leadership, Ghana will slip backwards into chaotic incompetence. Just like his autobiography tells all, he cannot take decisions. As he says in his book, he will ride this country like a bicycle, out of control and dangerously downhill, merely hopeful of survival.

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“The 2024 presidential election is expected to be about two choices: whether we choose to build on the significant gains so far made under President Akufo-Addo with a new presidential candidate from the NPP who comes with his or her own fresh ideas as well or to choose the candidate the NDC are threatening to bring back, John Dramani Mahama.”

 

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Supreme Court Dismisses Minority Injunction Application Against E-levy

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Supreme Court Dismisses Minority Injunction Application Against E-levy

The Supreme Court has thrown out the injunction application filed against the e-levy.

The apex court also directed the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to keep all records of deductions following the implementation of the electronic transaction levy.

In a unanimous ruling, Presiding Judge Nene Amegatcher reading the judgment noted that the nature of the relief sought by the minority is null and void.

Three Members of Parliament; Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu; Mahama Ayariga(Bawku Central) and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa(North Tongu) are seeking the Supreme Court to restrain the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) from implementing the E-Levy until the final determination of an earlier substantive suit challenging the constitutionality of the bill by Parliament.

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Lead counsel for minority, Godwin Edudzi Tamaklo argued that greater parties will suffer, adding he 5u4 e-levy did not seek the interest of the public.

Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame opposed the injunction by the three minority members.

 

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We’ll Account For E-levy – Akufo-Addo Pledges

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We’ll Account For E-levy – Akufo-Addo Pledges

President Akufo-Addo has reiterated the commitment of government to ensure transparency and judicious use of revenue mobilized through the implementation of the e-levy Act to engender confidence among tax payers.

According to the President “government agenda to introduce the electronic levy bill, is now electronic transfer levy Act 2022 “Act 1075″ is a strategic decision to boost our revenue mobilization drive in order to grow our economy by ourselves to improve social, economic and infrastructural development in the republic of Ghana. The controversies which emanated from the inception of the electronic levy bill was a healthy one for our democracy as a nation”.

President Akufo-Addo therefore assured that “the government is committed to ensure the Judicious administration and implementation and the same time reporting of all revenues collected under the newly introduced electronic levy Act to impose a confidence in the government”.

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This was contained in a speech read on behalf of the President by the Eastern Regional Minister Seth Kwame Acheampong during the 60th anniversary celebration of Rev. Friederich Monninger Memorial Presbyterian Church in Akosombo under the theme “Jesus Christ the light of the world” ,

He assured the congregants that, “government remains resolute and alive to to serve all well-meaning Ghanaians despite the global economic challenges. we are focused to sustain and grow the economy to make it an enviable one hence the need to continue to invest in the future the benefit for the generations unborn”

President Akufo-Addo said the Free Senior High , Vocational and Technical Education policy are the special purpose vehicles to churn out the needed human capital for accelerated development.

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“I am very optimistic the legacy to ensure every school going child of this country attains a minimum of secondary education has overly been achieved the data is available to show. The free senior high school and the free technical vocational and education training are the best vehicles we have devised to take us to the realization of our goal of an educated and skilled work force” he explained.

He added that “considering our current dispensation of technological advancement , every school going child will continue to be given the requisite education to be equip to run a modern and digitalize economy , and also the pursue to achieve Ghana beyond aid is very promising especially when government is poised to become self reliant to win itself from over reliance of foreign taste”.

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