Tax on Kayayei was an act of inhumanity- Braimah

Tax on Kayayei was an act of inhumanity- Braimah

Sulemana Braimah, the executive director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has described the market polls imposed on 'Kayayei' as 'inhumane.'

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According to him, the tax should never have existed in the first place, not to talk of the need to abolish it.He remarked that the 'Kayayei' phenomenon should be treated as a scar on the country's conscience, after 60 years of independence.

'Kaya tax cruel'- Braimah

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To him, that young women in order to survive, had to carry loads on their heads should be viewed as indecent and an assault on the pride of the nation.

Taking to his Facebook wall, Braimah wrote, "The young women, almost entirely from the three regions of the North, resort to [carrying loads] not as a matter of choice. They do so as a means of survival. Let no one tell me they make a lot of money. Those who argue that way may justify prostitution on the same grounds but will threaten mayhem if their daughters were to opt for ‘kaya’ or prostitution as a means of making a lot of money. The poverty and lack of opportunities that drive the young women into ‘kaya’ is what has to be confronted and dealt with. I hope we will do so as a nation.

“So here comes a challenge to Ms Otiko Afisah Djaba. She is our Minister for Gender. She is from the north of the country where the kayayei come from. She has an opportunity to push for an end to the menace before anyone thinks of using the words she used on former President Mahama for disappointing people from the North against her. I hope Otiko will push and we will support her!"

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'Kaya tax cruel'- Braimah

On Thursday, March 2, Ken Offori-Ata, the minister of finance read the 2017 budget to parliament. He highlighted several project and policies the government was looking to undertake.

He also outlined some major tax reforms including the abolishment of import duties on spare parts and market tolls.

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