GOVERNMENT LIFTS BAN ON AIRTIME SCRATCH CARDS
Government has bowed to pressure from Parliament and lifted the ban on Airtime scratch cards.
The decision to lift the ban was reached in a meeting in the Conference hall of Parliament involving the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, telecom companies, Members of Parliament, the Information Communication and Technology-ICT Minister, Frank Tumwebaze and Uganda Communications Commission officials.
UCC set July 31st 2108 as the deadline for phasing out airtime scratch cards across all networks.
However, MPs opposed the proposal, saying the move would impact heavily on rural phone users given the limited penetration of electronic airtime vending.
Kadaga, who chaired the session, said the telecom companies didn't give adequate explanation for scrapping the airtime scratch cards and that government hadn't done adequate research on scratch cards and their accessibility.
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The ICT Minister, Frank Tumwebaze, said they had agreed to leave the matter to market forces of demand and supply.
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Wim Vanhelleputte, the Chief Executive Officer MTN Uganda, says they will go with the government decision.
He however noted that there wasn't an adequate stock of scratch cards since the telecom had been phasing them out over the past 8 weeks.