Convenors of #FixTheCountry have served a public notice informing the general public of a planned protest to register their displeasure at the proposals in the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy by the Government of Ghana.
In a statement declaring this planned protest which happens on Friday, November 26, in Accra, the convenors indicated that the demonstration is a way of declaring their “intolerance and refusal to normalize the continuing purposeful deceit; and the absence of truth and genuine accountability in how the country is being governed”.
The statement also indicated that the leaders of the pressure group had met with and informed the police about their plans.
On Wednesday the 17th of November, Ghana’s finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, on behalf of the President lay before Parliament, the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government. Parts of the budget which has become the topic of discussion indicated that a new levy (E-Levy) will be introduced in place of road tolls which is expected to be abolished.
The E-levy will charge 1.75% on all transactions exceeding GHC100 on fintech platforms, online banking and Mobile Money. This new levy has raised a lot of questions and seems to have caused a lot of outrage on social media. While others think the percentage is too high, a good number of people are worried about the accountability aspect of it.
See the full budget statement here.