The member of parliament for the Tema West Constituency honorable Carlos Ahenkorah has urged those who are protesting the e-levy to stop using momo if they can’t pay.
Carlos Ahenkorah says the levy is not compulsory so any individual who can’t afford can use other platforms which do not deduct the levy.
Carlos Ahenkorah is the chairman for the is the chairman for the committee for trade and industry in parliament.
During the reading of the 2022 budget, the minister for finance Ken Ofori Atta stated that a new levy which is 1.75 will be deducted on momo transactions when the budget is approved.
The new e-levy has been a matter of discussion after it was introduced. The minority in parliament rejected the budget because of the levy but nothing has been done either to take it away or reduce the percentage.
“I have always been saying that the momo tax is not a compulsory tax. You only pay when you use it, when you don’t use it, you don’t pay. If you think it is expensive, there is no other procedure for making payments that will be equal to MoMo. So what we are saying is that the tax is targeted at those who have the ability to pay not those who are receiving.”
“So if you are receiving it is okay to go and negotiate with the person who has gone to the bank to borrow money to be a MoMo agent to pay money out. Otherwise, keep the money on your phone, and you don’t owe anyone any money.” Carlos Ahenkorah stated in an interview with an Accra based radio station