Vehicle and Asset Dealers Association of Ghana (VADAG) has resolved to join ‘Kum YEN PREKO’ Demostration slated for Accra on July 9, 2019 to protest against current hardship in the country. The upcoming demonstration is due to the current ‘killer economic’ situation in the country, which informed the Coalition for Social Justice, CSJ to organise the protest to drumme home the continuous increase of hardship.
To this effect, the Executives of VADAG at a press brieging in Accra indicated that they have written to the organisers of the ‘Kum YEN Preko Demo’ to express their unflinching interest to participate on July 9, 2019. According to the Secretary of VADAG, Clifford Ansu, what forms the reasons to join the demonstration was inline with their reasons, hence, their decision to take part massively.He indicated that the Nana Addo tax policy is a ‘killer tax and a rip off’, he revealed further that since the introduction of the policy the government only achieved about 30% of its revenue target from the ‘so-called’ luxury tax.As at the time of the press brief today, the VADAG Secretary, Ansu alleged the government was adamant in spite of the several follower ups made at the finance ministry to remind it of its promise to scrap the luxurious tax. On July 9, 2019, the Coalition for Social Justice, CSJ is organising a historic protest in the Capital to register their displeasure over the increasing hardship across the sectors of the Ghana’s economy under Mr. Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo governance. Mr. Ansu, VADAG Secretary, indicated that they have invited all the political parties in the country including the ruling NPP to join them on July 9, 2019; starting at the Obra Spot, Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.Other Associations who would be part of the Kum Yen Preko Demo are Concern Drivers Association of Ghana; Trust Drivers Union; Ghana Committed Drivers Association; Concerned Spare Parts Dealers Association of Ghana and Chamber of Petroleum Consumers of Ghana. At the press briefing, the Secretary alleged that immediately former President John Dramani Mahama empathizes with them and promised to review the ‘killer’ tax Akufo-Addo administration slapped on them by taxing vehicles with engine capacity 3.0 and above, the government quickly promised to also review it.
According to the Chairman of the Association, Eric Kweku Boateng the ruling NPP led by Nana Akufo-Addo is just like the proverbial ‘Kweku Ananse’ who promises one thing and do direct opposite of it.
The chairman told The Republic in an interview that the Financial and Economic Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta met them somewhere in April this year the government promised to scrap that tax amongst some other taxes immediately.