Government Lifts ban on airtime scratch cards

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Government together with telecommunication companies has come to consensus
to stay the usage of airtime scratch cards as this will gradually phase out
as the public is fully sensitized on the easy load system.

The decision has been reached during a dialogue with Members of Parliament, Minister of ICT Frank Tumwebaze, Telecom Companies and UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi chaired by the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga to find lasting solutions to the challenges of the phased out scratch cards.

The ban on the use of scratch cards was affected on 31st, July by the Telecom companies following a directive from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

The mps raised concern that by effecting this, a number of people especially in the rural community where left out as many don’t have access to mobile money services which is key in loading airtime by easy load system.

The Minister for ICT Frank Tumwebaze explains that the decision taken takes immediate effect.

Speaking on behalf of telecom companies, MTN Uganda’s  CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte says currently, there is not a number of scratch cards in the country since they had phased them out but because of the demand done by mps, they are revisit the importation of the cards to ensure that none of the customers are left out.

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