Office of the Clerk of Parliament has been compromised, he deliberately marked about eight NDC MPs as absent – Asiedu Nketia


The General Secretary of the opposition NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has accused the Clerk of Parliament, Cyril Kwabena Nsiah of tampering with vital evidence to be used by the Minority in challenging the one-sided approval of the controversial Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy) Bill.

Mr. Asiedu Nketia argued that the Clerk who keeps possession of the true records of the House, deliberately marked about eight NDC MPs as absent, in spite of the said MPs being present in the chamber.

“How come these people [the eight MP’s] will all of a sudden be marked absent when they actually were there and everybody saw them? They signed the attendance sheet and I have spoken to them. They signed the attendance sheet so it tells you that somebody somewhere is tampering with evidence,” he said.

According to him, the Office of the Clerk has been compromised by the Majority. In an interview with JoyNews, Mr. Asiedu Nketia called on the leadership of the Minority to challenge the altered documents.

“It gives me the impression that the Majority side knew they have done something wrong and the approval of E-levy was not actually backed by the rules, and they know the Minority have resorted to court action and so they now come round to fake the evidence that will be called for during the hearing, and that is what gives me the suspicion that this thing is a deliberate orchestration to take decisions on behalf of Ghanaians when their representatives have actually not taken those decisions legitimately,” he added.

He also backed the decision of the NDC MPs to stage a walkout during the consideration of the e-levy.

He argued that government should rather be blamed for imposing the e-levy on the citizenry and not the Minority.

“Walking out or voting against them, all the same. So I don’t see how Ghanaians could feel let down by the NDC, because we can only fight with the weapon that Ghanaians have provided us and we were provided with 137 weapons so if you expect us to fire 200 and 300 weapons that will be too much because our vote maximally should come out up to 137,” he noted.

Parliament on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, approved the controversial Electronic Transactions (E-Levy) Bill after the Consideration Stage was completed by a Majority-sided House.

It was considered under a certificate of urgency.

The Bill was adopted at a reduced rate of 1.5% from the initial 1.75% amid a Minority walkout.

Meanwhile, Minority Leader of Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, and his colleagues, Mahama Ayariga and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa have dragged the Attorney-General to the Supreme Court over the approval of the Electronic Transactions Levy (E-Levy).

They contend that Parliament did not have the required number of at least, half of its members present when the controversial tax policy was approved.

The Tamale South MP and his colleagues want the Supreme Court to declare that the said approval was contrary to law.

On Thursday, the 31st of March, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, signed into law the Electronic Transfer Levy Bill also known as the E-levy, two days after it was passed by parliament under controversial circumstances.

Johnson Asiedu Nketiah was born on December 24, 1956, and is popularly known as General Mosquito. He is an experienced politician and has been the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress since 2005.

At the National Democratic Congress’ delegate congress in December 2005, Nketiah won with about 80% of the votes against Bede Ziedeng, Mr. Sylvester Mensah, and Mr. Antwi Boasiako to become the 3rd General Secretary of the NDC. He was re-elected for the position in January 2010, and 2014.

He is also a member of the Parliamentary Service Board.