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2022 Budget: Bawumia Has Killed His Chances of Becoming President – Fiifi Kwetey

A former Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Fiifi Kwetey has told the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to forget winning the presidency should he lead the NPP into 2024.

According to him the government has been insensitive following the introduction of some taxes in the budget statement for the 2022 fiscal year.

He wondered how a government that promised to move the country from taxation to production will renege on that promise to introduce what he calls humongous taxes on Ghanaians after grabbing power.

Speaking in interview with TV3 on this development, Mr Kwetey who is also former Member of Parliament for Ketu South said “You don’t have a government that runs to power on the mantra that taxation is the lazy man’s approach to governance. A government that says you are moving the country from taxation to production and then you come into office only to slap these humongous taxes on ordinary people.

“For me, it is callous, it is wickedness, it is insensitive and above all, it is hypocritical and that is the challenge that this country faces especially with Bawumia.

“As far as I am concerned he is the embodiment of deception, somebody who absolutely should not desecrate the high office of the land and if he has any consideration of running for the highest office of the land he better think twice and step aside because this country deserves better.

“You are talking about a group that spoke against taxation and for you to do what you have done is the level of immorality that this country has degenerated into.

“I can understand if they have the honour, the decency and the courage to apologize to the people of this country and tell the people that it was a mistake and they have learned but they have not had the decency and the courage to do that and as far as I am concerned this is inexcusable and unforgivable.”

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