Akufo-Addo’s 10% sports betting tax causes division within NDC
The 10% withholding tax imposed by the government on sports betting in Ghana has sparked a variety of opinions and reactions within the National Democratic Congress (NDC), showcasing the divisive nature of the policy among party members.
While the NDC’s official stance, represented by its youth organizer George Opare Addo, strongly rejects the tax policy, some members of the party, particularly those in parliament, have expressed differing opinions.
John Mahama, the flagbearer of the NDC, opposes the tax not because he supports betting, but because he believes the government should prioritize job creation to steer youth away from betting due to economic hardships.
Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communication Officer of the NDC, criticized the government’s decision to tax sports betting, calling it insensitive and lazy, suggesting that if taxation is necessary, multinational betting companies should be targeted.
Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader, believes betting makes Ghanaian youth ‘lazy’ and advocates for its complete elimination.
Muntaka Mubarak sees sports betting as against his religious beliefs but supports the tax, arguing that earnings from betting should be taxed like any other income.
Gabriella Tetteh, an NDC Member of Parliament, supports the policy, suggesting that the tax revenue could be used to fund various government projects.
These diverse perspectives within the NDC highlight the complexity of the issue and how it intersects with economic, social, religious, and political considerations.