The Ghana Union Movement (GUM) has voiced skepticism over Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s proposed development agenda, labeling it as a tactic to secure votes rather than genuine reform.
Rev. Christian Kwabena Andrews, the Founder and flag bearer of GUM, raised concerns about Dr. Bawumia’s sudden pledge to abolish certain taxes, noting that he was previously involved in their implementation as a key figure in the government.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Rev. Andrews highlighted the inconsistency in Dr. Bawumia’s stance, particularly regarding the e-levy and other tax measures.
Dr. Bawumia, also the flag bearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), outlined his vision for Ghana’s development, emphasizing digitization and leveraging technology to spur economic growth during a recent address to the nation.
Among his promises, Dr. Bawumia pledged to abolish the controversial e-levy and align port charges with those of neighboring Togo to combat smuggling.
Rev. Andrews expressed GUM’s support for policies that promote a free port system and criticized high taxes on imported machinery, which he argued hinder industrial investment.
Regarding employment, Rev. Andrews emphasized the importance of creating jobs that add value to Ghana’s resources, advocating for a shift away from service sector jobs towards roles in production.
Looking ahead to the 2024 General Election, Rev. Andrews announced that GUM would soon open nominations for parliamentary candidates and extended an invitation to Mr. Alan Kyerematen, leader of the Movement for Change, to join as the party’s running mate. He cited alignment in developmental objectives as the basis for the invitation.