Gov’t scared of bringing E-Levy to Parl because they don’t have the numbers-MP

The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, has taken on the government over delays in having the ”obnoxious” E-Levy laid before the House for consideration.

He has described as lies claims by the government that the delay is to allow them to consult further on the issue before presenting same before the House for consideration.

”The claim that the wait is to allow ongoing consultation and sensitisation by the Finance Minister and government appointees via town hall meetings is a ruse. Who consults after the fact?”

He stated that the NPP does not have the numbers to pass the E-Levy hence the delay in bringing it before the House for consideration.

The truth is that Akufo-Addo and his NPP don’t have the numbers. And it’s not just the Hon. Adwoa Sarfo. Another member on their side is unavoidably absent. As it stands now, they are unable to account for two of their MPs.”

”As I write, the current situation in Parliament is that we the NDC can account for our 137 M.Ps, however, the NPP can only rally 135 M.Ps. If they get the support of the independent member of Parliament, they can only pull 136. If the vote were to be taken today or this week, it would be 136 v 137, the motion fails. If they are able to account for one of the two unavailable M.Ps, plus the independent, it would be 137 vs 137, motion still fails.”

Read his full statement below

KILLER E-levy Update – The business statement for this week, presented last week Friday, had nothing about the obnoxious extortion scheme called E-levy.

The NPP side in Parliament has been unable to offer any cogent reason(s) for not reactivating processes to continue the consideration of the Killer E-Levy bill from where we left off last year, or for not withdrawing and relaying the E-levy bill, amended or modified.

The claim that the wait is to allow ongoing consultation and sensitisation by the Finance Minister and government appointees via town hall meetings is a ruse. Who consults after the fact?

The truth is that Akufo-Addo and his NPP don’t have the numbers. And it’s not just the Hon. Adwoa Sarfo. Another member on their side is unavoidably absent. As it stands now, they are unable to account for two of their MPs.

As I write, the current situation in Parliament is that we the NDC can account for our 137 M.Ps, however, the NPP can only rally 135 MPs. If they get the support of the independent member of Parliament, they can only pull 136. If the vote were to be taken today or this week, it would be 136 v 137, the motion fails. If they are able to account for one of the two unavailable MPs, plus the independent, it would be 137 vs 137, motion still fails.

I suspect that the delay in reactivating or withdrawing and relaying the bill is to buy time, with the hope that the now two NPP M.Ps unavoidably absent, will join them.

Despite all the schemes and plots, we remain resolved, vigilante and will deliver 137 no votes against E-levy any day, any time. NO retreat NO surrender.

In Solidarity,
Dr. Clement Apaak
M.P, Builsa

By: Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana

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