In a post on his Facebook page on Saturday, February 12, Ablakwa said “This country cannot continue to burden the suffering masses and watch helplessly as powerful conglomerates collude with their cronies in power to avoid paying their fair share”.
He went further by calling on Ghanaians to “fight and defeat this spider’s web tax system that only catches small MoMo users while corporatocracy breaks through with impunity”.
“This week alone, the government has submitted tax exemption requests to parliament for giant corporations valued at around $100 million.
“A government claiming to be short of revenue and desperate to introduce an obnoxious and regressive e-tax that is most punitive for the poor should not help big business rig the system,” wrote the deputy.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmaker, who happens to be one of the most vocal opponents of the e-tax bill, said the government of the New Patriotic Party led by Akufo- Addo had reneged on all his promises to Ghanaians, including those on taxation.
“In his 2017 State of the Nation message, President Akufo-Addo pledged to fix our broken tax exemption scheme, except that like many other promises, we need to send him a reminder. “
On Friday, the day before, Ablakwa had chastised President Akufo-Addo’s constant use of an expensive private jet for his trips abroad at the expense of the suffering taxpayer despite criticism.
“Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that his blatant contempt, blatant insensitivity and utter contempt for the people of Ghana who made him president have no boundaries whatsoever. .
“On the same day and literally during the ‘Yentua March’ by thousands of Ghanaians from all walks of life who took to the streets of Accra to register their revulsion in the strongest terms against the heinous E-Levy and the lavish dissipation from the government of the current taxes, loans and other resources that have led to a degraded economy now in the ICU; President Akufo-Addo, in the most cruel, contemptuous and insulting conduct to date, has opted for the umpteenth time to ditch Ghana’s presidential jet and fly out of the country aboard his ultra-luxury US$14,000 per hour chartered business jet – the Boeing 737-97Y(ER)( BBJ3), registered LX-DIO,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
The President left Ghana on Thursday, February 10, 2022, to begin a 10-day working visit to France, Guyana, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom.