A former Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano South, Stephen Balado Manu has chastised the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) government for treating Ghanaians with impunity.
He further described them as a killing government and “it is killing our economy. Every sector of the economy is being killed by this government. I don’t know the motive behind that.”
According to him, due to the docile character of Ghanaians, “this government has Ghanaians for granted…the government is treating us with impunity.”
This follows a series of taxes government is seeking to implement to raise additional revenue for the development of the various sectors of the economy.
Parliament has so far taken a decision on four of the taxes while one has been withdrawn for further consultation with stakeholders.
This development has however raised concerns among members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), some civil society organizations and the general public who are of the opinion that the introduction of these taxes and levies will burden Ghanaians.
Speaking on the Big Issue on Saturday, the former MP opined that the introduction of these taxes is abnormal saying, “how can this be normal? If you have abnormal government, you have abnormal taxes.”
He accused the government of implementing policies contrary to their professed social democracy mode of governance because “their policies are anti-social development.”
In relation to the levy on the sale of outboard motors and farming inputs, Mr. Balado Manu pointed out that its implementation will have dire consequences and ripple effects on Ghanaians.
“The outboard motor that was selling at GHC 3,000 during the uncaring Kufuor regime is now selling at GHC 9,000. Ordinary cutlass; they are now going to tax those things…some fertilizer that the farmers need, prices are going hike…so their produce is going to come down drastically.
Mr. Balado Manu therefore admonished government to run the affairs of the country with the seriousness it deserves because “this country is a serious nation and we need serious governance. So those who are at the helms of affairs when it comes to governance must be seen to be treating this nation with seriousness.”