Member of Parliament for the Asawase Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak has said no member of the minority group in parliament was induced by the ruling government to facilitate the passage of the E-levy bill.
He described the allegation peddled by some members within the NDC as unfortunate.
speaking to Abusua FM in Kumasi, the Minority Chief whip said the NDC did not have the numbers to reject the policy on the day it was passed in parliament.
He explained “when the NDC government led by former president Jerry John Rawlings proposed introduction of the VAT bill to Parliament, Ghanaians rose up against the government with “Kum me Preko” demonstration.
“Those blaming us for taking bribes what were their role against the policy while we were fighting the policy in parliament. Couldn’t they have also demonstrated against the policy?,” he asked.
He accused the government of conniving with the judiciary to pass the the controversial bill.
“Look, everything was scheme against us through the judiciary. Our member of parliament from the Assin North was attending different courts any day the NPP plans to present the E-levy bill to parliament. It was a clear strategy to reduce our numbers which they succeeded with the support of the judicially,’’ he said.
He urged NDC supporters to rally behind the party’s leadership in Parliament to represent the interest of the nation.
“Our party members some don’t know the sacrifice we have made for the party in parliament. After the election of the speaker of Parliament, 23 of our members got Covid-19, some went into coma for months,” he disclosed.
He assured the party members that they will defeat the NPP in the 2024 polls.
”We are winning the election 2024 but there’s a lot of work to do to cement the party’s victory. At the moment, the NDC formula for the NPP is there whoever they present as flagbearer we are ready for them”.
He also admonished the party members not to encourage mass change of national, regional and constituency executives as they head into internal polls. He explained changing the experienced hands will affect the parties chances of winning the polls in 2024.