The Member of Parliament for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah, may not be one of those lawmakers known for being common faces in parliament, but the few times he has appeared in the media, he has always left something to talk about.
Infamous as he is, the MP has once again courted the anger of some social media users over his comments on the trending, yet controversial subject of the 1.75% Electronic Levy.
Comments on E-Levy
One of the most controversial details of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy as presented by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government has been on the introduction of a 1.75% Electronic Levy that is expected to affect Mobile Money services.
With varied comments from all sides of the coin on this E-Levy, the MP for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah, who is also the Chairman of the Trades Committee of Parliament, waded into the conversation.
In a interview with the media, he stated that the tax is not for everybody and that if anyone wants to avoid this, they should not use Momo services.
“No human being or no person likes to pay tax but it is a known fact that taxes are generally appalled by people who are supposed to pay them. So, what is happening is quite understandable. But to the extent that it has been used to gain some political points or it is being done for political expediency, for me, is very unfortunate.
“I will tell you something, I have always been saying that the MoMo tax is not a compulsory tax, you only pay when you use it. If you don’t use it you don’t pay so for me, there is no way any other procedure for making payments is going to equal MoMo.
“Right now, what we are saying is the tax is targeted at those who have the ability to pay, not those who are receiving. If you are receiving it is okay to go and negotiate with the person who has gone to the bank to borrow money and be a MoMo agent, pay money out, otherwise keep the money on your phone and you don’t pay any money.
“It is money targeted at those who want to use the service, even if I stand here and tell people that if you like don’t pay or if you like don’t use MoMo, I tell you, using MoMo will be far cheaper. If you think using the MoMo service is difficult or expensive, you try taking your money out there and even see,” he said.