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What is Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander- Felix Kwakye Responds to Otumfuor Osei Tutu II

Felix Ofosu Kwakye, a former Deputy Minister of Information and aid to former President John Mahama, has taken a very strong exception to comments made by the Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II relative to the contestations surrounding the 2022.

The Asantehene over the weekend cautioned Members of Parliament not to fustrate the businesses of goverment. In his contention, the final right and authority to make decisions on behalf of the people Ghana rest in the bosom of goverment without compromising the importance of Parliamentary inputs.

Reacting to these comments by the eminent traditional ruler, Felix Ofosu Kwakye argued that members of Parliament are only carrying out their constitutionally mandated duties in line with the principle of checks and balances.

Speaking on Metro TV on Tuesday, he pointed out that what is happening in Parliament relative to the 2022 budget is not novel. Indeed long before he became president, Mr Akufo-Addo led the largest demonstration ever against the introduction of the value added tax.

Therefore, the minority in Parliament equally deserve the right to oppose the introduction of the controversial Electronic Levy.

He added that controversies surrounding the approval or the rejection of the 2022 budget goes beyond the usual NDC-NPP brouhaha which characterised the political system of Ghana for close to three decades.

“If the one who is president today, over two decades ago, found it necessary to organise the largest protest under the fourth republic against the introduction of a taxation, why should anybody suggest that opposing a measure that clearly will inflict hardship on the people of Ghana without even a massive demonstration is something that is unheard of?

“Why is Akufo-Addo allowed to oppose taxation but others are not allowed to oppose this taxation? Where did he get the divine right to oppose taxation of one goverment but entitled to support whenever he wants to introduce taxation that will bring hardship to the people of Ghana?”.


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