Explainer: Why Communications minister is being sued over CST

Explainer: Why Communications minister is being sued over CST

On October 11, 2019, the Minister of Communicatios, Ursula Owusu Ekurful ordered all telecommunications companies to stop the upfront deduction of the 9% communication service tax.

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This directive was met with a lot of excitement from Ghanaians and also a lot of opposition from the telecommunications companies.

Until recently, the telcos finally agreed on November 26, 2019, to cease the upfront deduction of the CST.

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A private citizen by name Dzifa Gunu has however has dragged the minister of communication to court for order the telcos to stop the upfront deduction of CST.

Dzifa Gunu, in his writ, argued that Ursula's directive to the telcos to stop the upfront deductions made from purchased airtime is an interference with his right to information as a consumer or subscriber.

He explained that the proper institution to issue an administrative order on how a tax policy should be implemented is the Ghana Revenue Authority “within the meaning of the Revenue Administration Act, 2009(Act 791) hence the directive by the Ministry that the CST should be treated like any other tax and or levy is illegal, unlawful as same is not one of the ‘qualifications’ contemplated under article 21(1)(f) of the 1992 Constitution.”

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In other news, a recognised Nigerian cancer specialist, Professor Aderemi Tajudeen Ajekigbe, has passed away exactly four months after he was diagnosed with stage four of prostate cancer.

According to research, that stage of the cancer is mostly not curable when it hits men, especially in their later years.

Founder of Atinuke Cancer Foundation, Tinu Lawal, broke the news saying the professor himself revealed his health status to her in June 2019.

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