“I Was Joking”: Bawumia Clarifies Misunderstood Remark About Paying Churches

“I Was Joking”: Bawumia Clarifies Misunderstood Remark About Paying Churches

  • New Patriotic Party flagbearer Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has clarified that he was joking about paying churches
  • In a meeting with the clergy, Bawumia explained that his joke was to underscore the historical contribution of the church
  • He earlier said calls for the taxation of churches are misplaced and would not be countenanced by his future government

New Patriotic Party flagbearer Dr Mahamudu Bawumia clarified that he was joking about paying churches in response to people who misunderstood his comments. Bawumia also reiterated his stance against taxing churches in recent remarks.

Bawumia clarifies misunderstood remark about paying churches
New Patriotic farty Flagbearer Mahamudu Bawumia (R). Source: Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
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Bawumia’s quip came after he pledged to incentivise churches to undertake development projects in an engagement on May 10, 2024, in the Bono East Region.

In a meeting with the clergy in the North East Region, Bawumia explained that his joke was to underscore the historical contribution of the church.

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“Look at the number of hospitals the churches have built. Look at the number of universities the churches have built and the faith-based organisations they have built.
“We will rather want to give churches incentives to support what the government is doing."

Earlier pledge to collaborate with churches

Bawumia recently pledged to collaborate with the clergy to address the country's developmental challenges.

He said this in Takoradi on Thursday, May 2, during a meeting with clergy members as part of his Western Regional campaign tour.

According to him, just as God used kings of old to bring development to His people in the Bible, God can also use him to bring development to Ghana.

He urged the clergy to continue praying for Ghana as the country nears the December 7 polls. Dr Bawumia said peace was essential to ensuring Ghana's rapid development.

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Bawumia explains why he wants to be president

YEN.com.gh reported that the New Patriotic Party's flagbearer, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, said the reason he wants to become president is to alleviate the plight of Ghanaians.

According to him, he is deeply committed to the progress and prosperity of Ghana and its people. He also said he had been adequately prepared to take over the mandate from Akufo-Addo and urged Ghanaians to vote for him.

Proofreading by Edwina N.K Quarcoo, journalist and copy editor at YEN.com.gh.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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