NDP Rules Out Nana Konadu Rejoining NDC
The National Democratic Party (NDP) says Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings will not rejoin the National Democratic Congress (NDC) again.
According to the NDP, the exit of Mrs Rawlings from the opposition NDC is ‘final and forever’.
There have been countless calls for the NDC to get the former First Lady back into their fold but the loudest voices are those from the family members of the NDP Founder.
The calls take the form of an appeal to get the NDC to take the initiative to get her back.
The freshest of such calls was from her own daughter, Dr Zanetor Rawlings, Member of Parliament (MP) for Korle Klottey who appealed to the NDC during her late father’s one-year memorial when she asked the NDC to take steps to bring the NDP founder back into the NDC.
Ahead of the above call, former President Jerry John Rawlings also at NDC’s congress held in Kumasi at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, prior to his unfortunate demise, called on the former First Lady to come back to the party to help ensure peace in the party.
But Speaking to Nana Aba Anamoah in an interview, Nana Konadu explained that the conviction with which she was attached to the NDC is missing and that she is currently with the party she had joined.
“You join something with a conviction and when that conviction is lost, you need to excuse yourself because if you stay it is your own problem,” she said.
She categorically stated that she didn’t hear her husband and that she will never make a u-turn.
She said after her toil to make the NDC what it is today, the party has been taken over by thieves and that is a major reason why she will never go back to the party.
As if that was not enough, a statement issued November 14, 2021, by the NDP General Secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Frimpong, said the Founder of their party will not rejoin the NDC.
According to the NDP her exit is final and forever.
“It was a compelling long and hard decision by the NDP founder to give very loud expression to her convictions to the principles of sincerity, honesty and integrity. The background to her decision is glaring from the open conspiracy by her NDC detractors and hawks who held sway after her flagbearership contest with the late President Mills,” it stated.
The NDP believes that such open calls show that NDC leadership is still the same and nothing new has been added.
“Calls from the NDP founder’s family members are ample credence to the freedom of opinion and political affiliation among family members without any antagonism.
“It is, of course, the same reason why the NDP founder, the late beloved President Rawlings, Dr Zanetor (Korle Klottey NDC MP), Yaa Asantewah, Amina and Kimathi, are all watched closely and afar in the best of family harmony.”
The statement categorically indicated that “Let it be said loud and clear that the convictions of the NDP founder in consonance with the NDP policies stand irreconcilable with the orientation in the NDC that sacrificed commitment to sincerity, honesty and integrity.”
It continued to expose how the exit of Mrs Rawlings was not enough for her detractors who undertook subtle moves to destroy all the social infrastructure she had built for womenfolk and grassroots.
They are convinced that: “Indeed by her leadership of the NDP the nation is assured of the pristine grassroots participation in governance with a focus on critical and social infrastructure for national development,” stressing that “the NDP founder’s exit from NDC is final and forever.”
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Mahama’s Promise To Cancel E-levy Is A Political Talk – NPP
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.
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.
“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
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.
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
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”.
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.
“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”.