Even before Parliament passes the contentious Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy), government officials, including Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, appear to have begun celebrating.
Last week, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the majority leader, celebrated his 65th birthday with close friends and family in a private ceremony. Senior members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), including Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawurah, attended the event.
The special “E-levy cake” on display at the birthday celebration was the talk of the party. It is unclear whether the Suame legislator sponsored the cake himself or if it was a gift from the event’s celebrity guests.
Since the photos began to circulate online on Tuesday, many Ghanaians have begun to react to them. Already, they are criticizing the contentious 1.75% E-levy, which most people oppose.
The majority of social media comments have condemned the experienced politician’s use of the image, calling it a mockery of their opposition to the levy. It is also unclear what the motivation is, given that many Ghanaians are opposed to the proposed E-levy and may find this decision insensitive.