July 22, 2014

The Member of Parliament for Obuasi West Kwaku Kwarteng has demanded an investigation into how IT company Rlg was granted manufacturing tax concession when the company is into assembling of electronic devices.

According to the MP, though Rlg wrote to the Ghana Revenue authority requesting for tax exemption for manufacturing, a survey conducted by the Customs division of the GRA revealed RLG is an assembling company.

“The question is on what basis was this concession given? As far as I am concerned they are enjoying this facility and it is illegal”, the MP told Joy News.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 3rd Most Respected Company in Ghana started in 2001 as mobile phone repair outlet and grew to become a pioneer indigenous ICT company listed in Ghana’s Club 100.

Kwaku Kwarteng has alleged some government officials influenced by private businesses are into this practice to siphon money by granting tax exemption to unqualified companies.

The Obuasi MP has asked the President and the Minister of Finance to intervene and get the company to “pay all import duties they are supposed to pay and satisfy all tax liabilities”.

The Member of Parliament and Executive Director of Development Data, a policy search organisation is carving a reputation for picking up on business and government institutions who are believed to engage in wrongdoing.

Last year, he sued the petroleum sector regulator, National Petroleum Authority (NPA) over illegal fees hidden in the price build-up of fuel.

He won judgment after the court ordered the NPA to abolish the illegal ex-refinery differentials.