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I didn’t say we should pay churches; my comment was a joke – Bawumia

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has explained that he was kidding when he indicated that his administration intends to incentivize churches to perform more developmental projects rather than levying taxes on them.

During a meeting with the clergy in the North East Region as part of his nationwide trip, the Vice President acknowledged that his statement could have been misinterpreted.

Dr. Bawumia noted that his statement was made in the context of the church and other faith-based institutions doing a lot for the country, such as establishing schools, hospitals, and other critical facilities, and that they deserved to be supported to do more.

I didn’t say we should pay churches; my comment was a joke – Bawumia

“Look at the number of hospitals the churches have built. Look at the number of universities the churches have built and the faith-based organizations 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.

“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.”

This supposed misconstrued incentivising statement was made at a meeting with the clergy in the Bono East region last Friday, May 10.

During the said meeting, the NPP’s flagbearer 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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