“E-levy is not compulsory; you won’t pay if you don’t use MoMo” – Carlos Ahenkorah

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Tema West MP Carlos Ahenkorah has stated emphatically that the E-levy that his government NPP is about to pass isn’t compulsory.

In his own words, you can do away with it if they don’t use Mobile money otherwise known as MoMo.

While speaking to TV3’s Komla Klutse in Parliament, the seemingly stubborn Member of Parliament said:

“So, what is happening is quite understandable. But to the extent that it has been used to gain some political points or it is being done for political expediency, for me, is very unfortunate.

“I will tell you something, I have always been saying that the MoMo tax is not a compulsory tax, you only pay when you use it. If you don’t use it you don’t pay so for me, there is no way any other procedure for making payments is going to equal MoMo.

“Right now, what we are saying is the tax is targeted at those who have the ability to pay, not those who are receiving. If you are receiving it is okay to go and negotiate with the person who has gone to the bank to borrow money and be a MoMo agent, pay money out, otherwise keep the money on your phone and you don’t pay any money.

“It is money targeted at those who want to use the service, even if I stand here and tell people that if you like don’t pay or if you like don’t use MoMo, I tell you, using MoMo will be far cheaper. If you think using the MoMo service is difficult or expensive, you try taking your money out there and even see.”

The E-levy is being debated currently in Parliament as to whether it should be passed or not. It will demand from every Ghanaian to pay a sum of 1.7% on all their mobile money transactions exceeding Ghc100.


Frank Mawutor is a Blogger, a musician and a publicist. He's also a talent promoter with passionate love for promoting Ghanaian Music Industry. You can reach him on +233543140221 or shoot him an email [email protected]

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