NDC MPs Fought For Democracy in the E-Levy Battle — Mahama

Former President John Mahama has termed the Minority Group's actions and occurrences in parliament before the chamber went on leave for the Christmas holidays as a "battle for democracy." 

The squabble erupted after what NDC MPs claim was an unlawful conduct by the First Deputy Speaker, as well as a violation of the House's Standing Orders, during the debate and vote on the government's Electronic Transactions Tax (E-Levy).

The former President told Christian leaders during a meeting called at the request of a delegation from the leadership of various church groups and associations in his office in Accra that the Minority Group's resistance, which led to the brawl, was a fight for democracy and to prevent unconstitutionality. 

Mr. Mahama informed the church leaders, who claimed to be on a "peace mission" to find a solution to "what is happening to us in our country," that Ghanaians have made it clear that they do not want the E-Levy, and that the Minority Group's opposition reflects what the people desire.

The mission included delegates from the Christian Council of Ghana, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, and the Catholic Bishops Conference, and was led by the Most Reverend Paul K. Boafo, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church.

They were on a peace mission, according to Most Rev. Paul Boafo, who was joined by NDC National Chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, NDC 2020 Running Mate Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Dr. Ato Forson (MP for Ajumako Enyan Esiam), and Ahmed Ibrahim (MP for Banda). 

"We have come as heads of churches from various Ghanaian associations and groups. When problems become a source of concern, we are all to take it up and see what we can do to find answers and solutions..."

"By the fourth quarter of last year, we had all witnessed something that our country had never seen before. It reached a climax with the introduction of the budget and the E-levy, and what transpired on the last but one day of parliament were exchanges that resulted in a fight and all that. The churches, or Christian organisations, grew concerned, and we said that we would not sit..." 

President Mahama, on the other hand, stated that "that war was a fight for democracy." A Speaker cannot sit in the chair, vacate the chair, then let someone else to sit in it and vote on something that he has presided over. The constitution is unambiguous."

"There's a lot going on in this country that, if we don't intervene, would destabilize our democracy." He went on to say, "The Fourth Republic has been the most lasting, and we must safeguard it."

Source: Ghanafeed.com

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