May 30, 2024 8:13 pm

Captain Smart calls for Roads and Highways Minister to be jailed

Onua TV/FM’s Captain Smart has said the Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, should be incarcerated for not less than 15 years. 

He is asking “if the Roads Minister isn’t committing a crime for stopping something Parliament hasn’t approved.”

The cessation of the road tolls as directed by the Roads Minister pending approval of the 2022 Budget by Parliament according to Mr. Smart is an illegality and causing financial loss to the state.

He says the decision taken by the minister lacks reasoning putting people like the Majority Leader who are defending him at the suffering end.

Ranting on the November 22 edition of ‘Maakye’ on Monday whilst monitored, Captain added the intention to adopt the e-levy at the expense of the toll levy is absurd.

“The Roads Minister deserves to serve not less than 15 years in jail for causing financial loss to the state. He is my own uncle and I don’t mind. Aggie (Smart’s mother), tell your brother he got it wrong but his party people can’t tell him because of politics.”

“Kyei Mensah-Bonsu is defending fools so he is finding it difficult. Elsewhere in abroad, they tax the rich to take care of the poor but here, the rich men are going to be exempted from tolls whilst driving their big cars yet they want to tax the poor man’s GH₵100.00,” he lamented.

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He added the cause of traffic which was stated as part of the reasons for the abolishment of the tolls is unfounded, asking if “the traffic at Dome market, Tesano to Achimota, Legon to Madina and other places are caused by toll booths.”

The host of Maakye noted all entry routes to the plush suburbs in the major cities should have been tolled to ensure the rich pay more as done in other countries.

Meanwhile, Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, has described as an empty boast, the directive by the Roads and Highways Minister halting the payment of the road tolls across the country.

The Speaker explained that the payment of road tolls was occasioned by an Act of Parliament, and therefore for the payment to be suspended, the Act must be repealed accordingly.

He, therefore, expressed his reservations about the decision of the Minister, to issue a directive abolishing the tolls without recourse to the existing legal provisions of the House.

Alban Bagbin, therefore, directed the Mininster, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, to withdraw the directive accordingly.


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