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My comment on incentivizing churches was a joke – Bawumia

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The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has offered clarification regarding his statement concerning incentivizing churches rather than imposing taxes on them.

He emphasized that his remark was made in jest and had been misconstrued out of context.

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Addressing clergy members during a meeting in the North East Region as part of his nationwide tour, the Vice President elaborated that his comments may have been misinterpreted.

“I made that statement within the context of acknowledging the significant contributions of churches and other faith-based institutions to the country, including the construction of schools, hospitals, and other vital infrastructure,” Dr. Bawumia explained.

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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 faith-based organisations have built. Look at the number of people the churches and faith-based organizations take care of on a daily basis.

“Can you imagine, just take a thought for a moment that you wake up tomorrow and all the schools, universities and hospitals the churches have built disappear? They just disappear. How would Ghana be like? Ghana will collapse. Isn’t it? We will not survive in this sort of situation because there will be chaos.

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“So at that point I was joking and I said, oh…people are talking about taxing churches. I don’t believe, and we will not tax churches. Because if you look at the work the churches have done, then I was joking then, maybe we should have actually paid them for what they did, not really trying to tax them. But I wasn’t really saying we should pay churches, no. I am saying that we should give incentives to churches to do more,” he clarified.

Dr. Bawumia initially made these remarks during a meeting with clergy members in the Bono East region on May 10, highlighting the importance of collaborating with churches for national development.

The Vice President said, “Unless you don’t understand the work the church has done. If you are looking at the buildings, the way they keep the society together, the universities, the hospitals, the schools, it is massive. It is just massive. Many churches have hundreds of schools. So I don’t see and I will not have a situation where we are taxing churches.

“We will rather want to give churches incentives to support what the government is doing. I want us to be partners in the way that the development partners are with us. You are our domestic development partners and we will give you incentives to do more.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Hiii my brother Bawumia, hmmmm ….. a true Muslim allowed pastors put they are hands on a true Muslim its amazing

  2. All this things are not true prayers am apolitical student and I know the strategies they want to you to win this election. Even if bowumia He will see Ghanaian pastor to be useless

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