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E-levy: Absolute ‘Lack of Principle’; I Thought You Wouldn’t Run To Supreme Court After All You Said – Pratt ‘Fires’ NDC | Politics

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Editor-in-Chief of Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt, has fired salvoes at the Minority for filing a law suit at the Supreme Court against the passage of the E-Levy Bill.

After the Majority in Parliament passed the E-levy Bill, the Minority, who staged a walkout during the proceedings, have dragged the Attorney General to the Supreme Court contending that Parliament did not have the required number of at least half of its members present when the controversial tax policy was approved.

The Minority is seeking from the Apex Court reliefs that “a. A declaration that on the authority of the Supreme Court case of Justice Abdulai v. Attorney-General, Writ No. J1/07/2022 dated 9th March 2022, the constitutional quorum number for decision-making and voting within the meaning of Article 104(1) of the 1992 Constitution is 138 Members of Parliament out of the 275 Members of Parliament and not 137 Members of Parliament.

“b. A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of articles 2(1)(b) and 104(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, there was no quorum to enable the 137 Members of Parliament of the Majority Caucus present in Parliament on 29th March 2022 to pass the Electronic Transactions Levy (‘’E-Levy’’).’’

They also are pleading with the court for a declaration that, “on a true and proper interpretation of Article 104(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the passing of the Electronic Transactions Levy (‘’E-Levy’’) by the 137 Members of Parliament of the Majority Caucus present in Parliament on the 29th March 2022 without the requisite quorum number of 138 Members of Parliament present in Parliament is null and void and of no legal effect”.

They further asks for an “order of the Honourable Court setting aside the passing of the Electronic Transactions Levy (‘’E-Levy’’) by the 137 Members of Parliament of the Majority Caucus present in Parliament on the 29th March 2022 as a nullity”.

Speaking on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’, the seasoned Journalist wondered why the Minority has resorted to the Supreme Court when they once bastardized the same court when it ruled that a “Deputy Speaker is entitled to be counted as a member of Parliament for quorum” and can “vote and take part in the decision of parliament.”

“I thought, with those things they said, they wouldn’t send anything to the Supreme Court because the things they said showed a complete lack of confidence in the Supreme Court. So, what has happened that, all of sudden, the Minority is running to the Supreme Court?”, he questioned.

He further questioned “if the Supreme Court is a supporter of the E-levy, then what is the outcome you are expecting?”

To Kwesi Pratt, the Minority’s action is purely a “lack of principle”.

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I Thought E-levy Was Enough To Solve Ghana’s Problems, Why Agyapa Deal Again? – Ablakwa Asks Ofori-Atta | Politics

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Member of Parliament(MP) for North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa wants government to admit to its failure to provide Ghanaians with the milk and honey it promised.

According to him, after piling heaps of burden on the citizens with the introduction of E-Levy, the government has no shame by seeking to rob the people again with its insatiable attempt to reintroduce the botched Agyapa deal.

Last week, the finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, advocated for a re-look at the controversial Agyapa Royalties Agreement, instead of abandoning it.

Mr Ofori-Atta said the deal must be taken through the appropriate process in order to make it work because it could reduce the country’s debt exposure.

Speaking during a press briefing to announce details of the African Development Bank 2022 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, the Finance Minister who hinted of the President’s approval, explained that the Agyapa deal “is not about whether the monetization of mineral royalties or listing of the company is bad or good, it is good because that is how you raise resources.”

“The question is the process of doing that. If we have a problem with the process, let’s articulate it, let’s cure it, but let us not drop something that would be good for us and reduce our debt exposure….

“My mind is still there. I know the President has mentioned something about that,” he said.

Reacting to this on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, Okudzeto Ablakwa described the NPP government as a bunch of insensitive politicians. 

“I thought the Finance Minister during his frantic efforts to see to the passage of the E-levy said Ghana’s problem will ultimately be solved once the E-levy comes into force.” 

“Why are they trying to engage Ghanaians on this Agyapa deal again. They should understand that Ghanaians have suffered enough and will not countenance further any form of hardship that will seem to be fleecing the country’s coffers,” he said.

To him, the Minority remains opposed to the Agyapa deal and will ensure that it does not see the light of the day when it is brought to parliament again.

“Enough is enough, the Akufo-Addo government cannot make the country their cash cow for their failed and abysmal performance as a government,” he added.

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How Have We Wronged You? – Manasseh Tackles Prez Akufo-Addo | Politics

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Manasseh Azure Awuni, an investigative journalist, has said, the majority of Ghanaians made a mistake in 2016 and 2020 when they voted for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the President of Ghana.

He pleaded with the President to have pity on Ghanaians until he leaves office in 2025.

“Nana, kafra. We made an irreversible mistake. Have pity on us until January 7, 2025,” he wrote on his official Facebook timeline.

Manasseh’s frustrations comes after reports suggesting that the Government has gazetted an Executive Instrument (E.I.) to approve the redesignation, sale or development of Achimota Forest.

In an earlier post on his Facebook timeline, the journalist asked, “How have we wronged you, Akufo-Addo? You gave Atewa to the Chinese, and now you want to desecrate Achimota?”

A document from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resource, making reference to an Executive Instrument, stated that the Achimota Forest Reserve is to no longer be regarded as a forest reserve.

“An Executive Instrument (E.I.) 144 gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor indicates that effective May 1, 2022, the land on which the Forest is located shall cease to be a forest reserve.

“The President’s action was in accordance with Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP. 157) which gives him the authority to declare that particular land is no longer required as a forest reserve,” portions of the purported E.I. read.

Meanwhile, Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minister, Lands and Natural Resources, has dismissed reports suggesting that the Government has gazetted an Executive Instrument (E.I.) to approve the redesignation, sale or development of Achimota Forest.

“Achimota Forest has not been sold, it has not been compromised, it will not be sold, it remains as it is. We will continue to reforest the Achimota Forest and God willing, we intend to develop the Achimota Forest into a true forest reserve, which will serve Accra and the people of Ghana,” Jinapor said at a press conference in Accra.

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It All Began Under Mahama – Abu Jinapor On Achimota Forest Saga | Politics

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The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, has indicated that former President John Mahama, by executive approval, gave out Achimota Forest for redevelopment in 2013.

He made this remark while debunking reports that the ruling government has sold Achimota Forest.

Speaking in an interview on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, he said: “on September 5, 2013, the then President, John Dramani Mahama, gave Executive Approval for the conversion of the forest reserve into an ecotourism park, and to release the peripheral portions of the forest reserve to the Owoo family, in accordance with the recommendations of the committee”.

The minister explained that because the land remained a forest reserve, by virtue of Order 31 of 1930, the lessees and sub-lessees could not develop the land, although they had obtained all the necessary permits.

He said pursuant to the same Executive Approval, the Forestry Commission, acting on behalf of President entered into an agreement with Aikan Capital, a limited liability company, for the development of core areas of the forest into an eco-tourism park.

The commission also executed a lease agreement with the company in February 2016, by which 227.84 hectares of the reserve were leased to the company to undertake the planned development.

“The Owoo family and their grantees, in a bid to develop the peripheral portions of the land which had already been granted to them, continued to petition the government to release of the peripheral portions as a forest reserve,” Mr Jinapor added.

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