Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has tagged as completely confused, both President John Mahama and his Finance Minister Seth Tekper.
His comments follow the President’s intervention to clarify matters after Mr. Tekper had suggested an impending pension tax proposal. The Finance Minister, speaking at a forum, revealed the government was considering taxing pensions but after the news went viral, the President took to his twitter handle to clarify that “government has no intention of introducing new taxes”.
Government has no intention of introducing new taxes.
— John Dramani Mahama (@JDMahama) June 1, 2016
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the conflicting directives on the taxation of allowances and pensions are enough testament to how Ghana has been run to the ground by the current administration.
“Mismanagement, corruption and incompetence have brought us to where we are today. When the word ‘incompetent’ is used to describe his government, the President gets very upset. But this week we have seen another example,” he said.
“The Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, told us that he is preparing to tax pensions and allowances. And his President, two days later, stated that they were not going to do anything like that. If this is not confusion in his government, then I don’t know what it is; and if this is not a sign of incompetence, then you would have to tell me what incompetence means.
“President says one thing, the Finance a minister says another. So who is telling us the truth? Are we going with the Finance Minister or with the President? There is complete confusion in his government,” Akufo-Addo said while addressing NPP supporters in Modena, Italy, on Saturday, June 4, 2016.
Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated his belief that the Mahama government lacks the knowhow to restore Ghana’s economy and has urged NPP members to work hard to win the party power in order to bring the country back to prosperity.
“We have to change these statistics. We cannot continue, whilst other people are prospering, to go down the hill. We need to have a change in Ghana. John Mahama cannot help us,” he said.
Present at the event were wife of the NPP flagbearer, Rebecca Akufo-Addo; NPP Italy Branch Chairman, Mr. Owusu Boateng, and branch executives; acting NPP Western Regional Chairman, Francis Ndedesiah; NPP Western Regional Secretary, Charles Bissue; NPP parliamentary candidate for Evalue Ajomoro Gwira, Hon. Catherine Afeku; NPP parliamentary candidate for Effiduase Asokore; Dr. Ayew Afriyie; Italy NPP party elder, Dr. Afrifa; and a large, enthusiastic crowd of Ghanaians resident in Italy.