The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga has said he does not owe government any pesewa in terms of duties.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the legislator said he has paid every single dime of duty that was owed on his vehicle.
According to him, in the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) collected and issued him a receipt for every single pesewa he paid for the duty on the vehicles he cleared.
He shocking disclosed to the host that if calculations were done, the GRA would be owing him GHc6, 000 because he overpaid his duty on t6he vehicles he cleared.
‘’I don’t owe government any pesewa in terms of duties and I have said this several times…I have paid every dime of duty on my vehicles to the GRA; GRA has collected and issued me with receipt. In fact as we speak, GRA owes me GHc6, 000 and Martin Amidu knows this,’’ he said.
Mahama Ayariga is facing five counts of among other things, evasion of duties and taxes.
Joined to the suit is one Kendrick Akwasi Marfo of ATLAS-Rent-A-Car company.
According to the writ sighted by citinewsroom.com, “Mahama Ayariga aged 44 years in November 2017 at Tema in the Greater Accra Region did fraudulently evade customs duties and taxes by paying GH¢6,062.86 instead of the approved duties and taxes of GH¢36,597.15 to clear three Toyota V8 Land Cruisers.”
He is also accused of allegedly abusing his office as a public officer for his private benefit by “selling three Toyota V8 Land Cruisers with registration numbers GR 2220-18, GR 2221-18 and GR 2222-18 meant to be used for your official duties as a Member of Parliament to Kendrick Akwasi Marfo of ATLAS-Rent-A-Car at a price of GH¢40,000 each.”
The Bawku Central MP is also among other things being accused by the Special Prosecutor of transferring “foreign exchange from Ghana through an unauthorised dealer contrary to sections 15(3) and 29(1) of the Foreign Exchange Act 2006, Act 723.
But Mahama Ayariga says the allegations leveled against him are frivolous and does not represent the truth.