The West Africa Coordinator of the Pan African Federalist Movement (PAFM) and National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Mornah, has said it is unfair for the President to be exempted from the country’s tax net and calls for his inclusion to serve as an example to others.
Mr Mornah made a strong case that the First Gentleman of the land earns an income as an employee of the state and that should warrant his obligation to pay a taxable percentage on his remuneration to the state.
He cannot fathom why the Vice- President is not offered the same opportunity as the President.
While blaming Ghana’s Constitution for the laxity, he explained his position by stressing: “It is unfair for the President to be excluded from the payment of taxes. He is the First Gentleman of the land and a good example must be set in that regard.
I am struggling to understand why the Vice-President is rather required to pay tax. That is the law but I think it is wrong and must be changed.”
His comments were in response to a question asked by a pupil about whether the President paid tax during an interactive session with some pupils of the St Martin De Porres School in Accra last Wednesday.
The encounter, which was held on the theme: “Our Taxes Build a Great Ghana, was at the instance of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) as part of activities to mark its Citizenship Week celebration.