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Customs Staff Association: GRA is intimidating us

The Association asserted that the GRA is bullying Gift Emmanuel Kofi Tsamah, their national secretary, after he went on Joy News to discuss the Custom Division’s actions at the ports.

In light of the Special Prosecutor’s devastating findings concerning Labianca company’s relations with the Customs Division of GRA, the officer spoke on Joy News to discuss how to increase tax collection at the Tema port.

Tsamah had reason to react to the inquiry from GRA Management on August 17, 2022, by stating that he had valid authority before taking part in the conversation on Joy News on August 14, 2022.

The officer said, “It is my humble and respectful submission that the abovementioned press engagement by my good self was carried out in accordance with legal authorities.

The Customs Staff Association called the inquiry “extremely frivolous and vexatious” and denounced the treatment meted out to its leadership.

The statement read, “One wonders what crime is committed when the CSA engages the public to give the necessary tax education to bring clarity to areas of public concern and bring better understanding to our tax laws.”

The CSA questioned whether “parts of Top Management stand to benefit from the distortions, misunderstandings, and misapplications of Customs legislation” in a letter to the Commissioner General of the GRA.

The Association also called attention to a purported inquiry that was addressed to Francis Wulf-Ashun of the KIA Collection.

Wuf-Ashun is allegedly being questioned for “granting a media interview during a CSA organised meeting with Officers of the Collection, which meeting had in attendance, the Commissioner of Customs Division over threats of a sit-down strike due to the poor management of promotions within the Authority,” according to the statement.

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