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Methodist church goes partisan; attacks John Mahama over E-levy

The Methodist Church of Ghana is fighting former President John Dramani Mahama over his announcement that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will repeal the 1.5% E-levy if the party president wins the 2024 elections.

The church described Mr. Mahama as “out of touch with reality” for making the announcement.

Bishop Bosomtwi Ayensu, speaking for the Church on the sidelines of the 25th Synod of the Church in Obuasi described President Mahama as backward.

“If someone says he will repeal this law when he wins power then such a person will not even win power to abort it”, Bishop Ayensu said.

He called on Ghanaians to help push the government’s agenda to industrialize the country.

Speaking at an event in Accra dubbed “Ghana at a crossroads”, Mr. Mahama said the E-levy is a distortionary and burdensome tax that only forces Ghanaians to pay more while suffering.

“Unfortunately in the face of this self-inflicted economic catastrophe, this government against all sound advise has decided to introduce the E-Levy that heaps more suffering on Ghanaians,” Mr. Mahama said.

“A new national democratic congress government, God willing, with the votes of the sovereign people of Ghana, in 2025 will repeal the E-Levy act,” he added.

Reacting to the Methodist Church’s partisan attack on John Mahama, a former Deputy Minister for Communications Felix Kwakye Ofosu described the conveyor of the Church’s position as a “vile NPP propagandist”.

“No substance emanates from him and he will fool nobody this time given the horrible governance his NPP has exhibited.”

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