A Civil Society Group, Justice for Ghana, has announced its intention to protest against the 2022 Budget.
Justice for Ghana said its demand is for a complete withdrawal of the e-Levy.
The group in a letter to notify the Police of the protest, said the demonstration is in response to the general harsh economic environment in the country.
The protest dubbed “YENTUMI AHOKYER3” will happen on December 8, 2021 starting from the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange through to the Adabaraka-Kingsway- High Street to Parliament.
After a cordial meeting with the Police on Thursday, November 2, 2021, the group said the Police has agreed to offer security and ensure a peaceful protest.
Speaking on Top Story on Thursday, Convener of the group, Bernard Mornarh indicated that the group will submit a petition to the Leadership of Parliament after the protest.
He further noted that members of the group will occupy the forecourt of Parliament until the e-levy is completely withdrawn from the 2022 Budget.
“We will be there. People will come, others will be joining us from the Regions and some communities as the days go by. I can assure you that region by region, everyday, people will move from one region to come and join,” he said.
According to Bernard Mornarh, the newly introduced levy is an affront to Ghanaian businesses and a constraint to entrepreneurial development.
He said the levy will bring untold hardship to already suffocating businesses.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin has said that the percentage to be charged as electronic transaction levy (e-levy) will be reduced from 1.75% to at least 1.5%.
According to him, the reduced charge was captured in the revised version of the 2022 budget submitted by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta on Tuesday.
He added that “if for nothing at all when it comes to the levy, we know that government has shifted from 1.75 to 1.5.”
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