Opposition Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Hon. Dr. Clement Apaak has thrown some shades at the President of the Republic, H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo for his failure to address the sufferings of the citizens in his 2021 budget which was presented by Hon. Osei Kyei in parliament yesterday, March 12, 2021.
The budget statement read yesterday disclosed that Ghanaians, upon the approval of the budget by parliament, will start paying sanitation and banking sector reform taxes, covid-19 levy as well as increment in some already existing taxes such as ESLA.
However, for the Builsa South lawmaker, it makes no sense to make citizens pay more in taxes when they are already suffering from the heavy impacts sanctioned on them by the deadly covid-19 pandemic as well as the job lost suffered as a result of collapses of financial institutions.
According to him, if President Akufo Addo is a truly elected leader, he would not have imposed such new taxes on the citizens who are already visibly suffering, but rather craft the 2021 budget in a way that will see to the gradual alleviation of the sufferings being undergone by majority of Ghanaians.
“Just look at the budget presented, a legitimately elected President and party will not impose taxes on citizens already on their knees: lost their jobs, businesses collapsed, sold property, emptied savings; impose taxes on businesses struggling to stay alive.
A truly elected President and ruling party will be alleviating the social and economic pressure on citizens, and will offer stimulus packages to businesses rather, not taxing citizens and businesses,” he wrote on his facebook wall.
The MP further described the 2021 budget as one that the president wants to use to inflict more economic woes on Ghanaians as their punishment for not voting for him to distinguishably win the 2020 president election.