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I Disagree And Don’t Understand Why The President Is Exempted From Paying Tax – Governance Lecturer | Politics

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Dr. Benjamin Otchere-Ankrah, a Governance Lecturer at the Central University, says he doesn’t understand why the President of the Republic of Ghana is exempted from paying taxes.

According to him, the law that exempts the President needs to be immediately reviewed.

Speaking on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Dr. Benjamin Otchere-Ankrah argued that if market women who work so hard to earn a living are compelled to pay taxes off their dailiy incomes, then there is no way the President shouldn’t equally pay tax.

When explained to him by a texter on the show that the President is free from taxation only on his salaries and allowances but should he own a business, the constitution binds him to pay tax, Dr. Otchere-Ankrah held firmly that there should be no excuse for the President.

“The President enjoys the most of the things that everyone enjoys in this country . . . I disagree that he shouldn’t be paying tax. I disagree!”, he bellowed.

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Wontumi Has His Positives But,….. – Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu (VIDEO) | Elections

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The Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu has stopped short of declaring his total support for the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako, aka Chairman Wontumi, ahead of the regional elections on Friday.
 
Hon. Kyei-Mensah says Chairman Wontumi is one of the best persons to lead the NPP in the Ashanti Region in the quest to Break the 8-year electoral cycle.
 
He indicated that though the party in its current state is going through some challenges, he still thinks it will require someone with experience such as Wontumi to rectify them.
 
Speaking on Fox 97.9FM political show in Kumasi, the Majority Leader and Member of Parliament for Suame, said Chairman Wontumi has a huge influence in NPP politics and credited him for his role in reviving the party in the region since his election as Chairman.
 
“Let’s be honest; we all know the role Wontumi played in the NPP, especially prior to the 2016 elections. He did a lot to revive the grassroots and has seen the party win two successive elections. Wontumi has done well and deserves to be commended” He noted.
 
The Majority Leader further emphasized “Yes, it true things are not the way they used to be and will require some review. Some say being the incumbent, and having been around for a while, has the requisite experience to fix things.”

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A/R: “We’ll Work Together, Think Together And Decide Together” – Odeneho Assures Ahead Of Chairmanship Race | Politics

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“Under my chairmanship, we are going to work together, think together, decide together, vote together, suffer together, enjoy together, and solve our issues and differences together. This is what makes my idea different. What unites us is bigger than what divides us, we are all working for one common goal, we have a party to manage and protect to win power” these were the words of an aspiring Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party(NPP).

Chairman Odeneho Kwaku Appiah (COKA) has pledged to serve the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on all fronts.

According to him, he is going to serve as the chairman for the entire Ashanti Region and not only Kumasi should delegate give him the mandate.

Speaking at a press briefing today, ahead of the NPP Regional Executives Elections on Friday, COKA stated that “I’m not going to be a chairman for Kumasi; I’m going to be a chairman for Ashanti Region.”

He stated that he is going to work hand in hand with all party members, thus from the grassroots to the top.
Speaking directly to the NPP delegates, Odeneho said; “Delegates, if you want practical and reasonable help, instead of empty words: this is the idea for you, then COKA is the man.

“Delegates!!!! If you want a leader with vision, passion, devotion, hard work, and love, Vote for COKA. If you want promises you can trust, then COKA.”

“Delegates, my leadership will show you love and respect, I will not abandon you, I will not leave you to your own resources; I will not stand taller than you. I will do whatever I think is right, not what my mind directs me.
My opponents may have (maybe) good ideas, but can they deliver?

“We have a party to manage and protect to win power” – Odeneho Kwaku Appiah

Delegate, under my leadership we will always think about the future for all, I will bring hope alive to the party, make our dreams come true, and meet the ambition of the party.

Delegates, you need to make the right decision now, the right choice now for our future generation in Ashanti Region as a whole.

Delegates, in building the future, I will do my best to fight with all my strength, energy, and resources to work with you to achieve our party goals and objectives. The vote from Ashanti Region is important for our party, let’s not underestimate this, we need a strong, competent, confident strategic, and wise leader like myself to lead the region.

Delegates, I will use my energy, skills, and resources to deliver the best to achieve lasting results. I am passionate about uplifting the party better than we found it now.”

COKA as he’s widely known said he believes the future will be progressive; progress he said isn’t a promise but a plan to salvage the party from its lost glory.

”The fight is for our lives – and it is the fight for our future. I have faith in the delegates and our party members.

”I am confident that, together, we can make the future of our beloved party brighter; and can be both sustained and shared, he added.

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The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin, has announced the House’s intention to create a platform to partner academia, legal and governance experts to lead detailed discussions on reviewing its composition and procedures.

He said recent Supreme Court decisions and directives among other court cases have affected the way members conduct business in the House.

“We may disagree with decisions but we are bound by those decisions and have to comply and obey. We have been called upon by those decisions to take action in reviewing the composition and procedures of the House. The earlier we do that the better for all of us and the country,” he said.

Speaker Bagbin made the statement in a formal communication to members at the beginning of the Second Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament in Accra.

The House resumed sitting on Tuesday after a six-week break.

Speaker Bagbin explained that the deliberations by the experts would focus on the implications and effects of the court decisions on the practice and procedures of Parliament and the relationship between the Judiciary and the Legislature.

That would provide valuable input to enable Parliament to revise and refine its rules, laws and Standing Orders to comply with the provisions of the 1992 Constitution.

Speaker Bagbin said Parliament would also dedicate more attention to its oversight function, put in the legal processes to consolidate its strength, and empower members to perform their duties and responsibilities effectively.

“In this second session, we will take further vigorous steps to strengthen the hand of the House to hold government and state institutions accountable to the people for the power, trust, resources and hope reposed in them.”

“The executive President, assisted by the Cabinet and state institutions, shall be called upon to account for their stewardship of the country”.

The Minority Leader, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, said Parliament must set a rule-of-thumb on borrowing and at no time should it allow any government to borrow beyond 70 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

He said allowing governments with four to eight years mandate to borrow beyond 80 percent of GDP could spell doom for the nation.

“Therefore, we must make a decision, and this House should be able to do that…we must cap how much any government should be able to borrow not exceeding 70 per pent of GDP per best practice,” he said.

Mr Iddrisu called for public inquiry into the declassification of certain portions of the Achimota Forest Reserve by the Government, saying it must be treated as an urgent matter of concern.

He said the public must be made to know the processes regarding the release of the said lands to the allodial owners.

The Majority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, called for a second look at Article 286 of the Constitution, which relates to assets declaration by public officeholders.

Public office holders like Members of the Council of State, officials of EOCO, the Special Prosecutor, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives,  among others do not declare their assets, which did not help the fight against corruption, he said.

Source: GNA

 

 

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