Shortly after the introduction of social media and mobile money tax by government, Uganda Communications Commissions has ordered telecom companies to stop selling airtime scratch cards with effect from 31st July.
According to a statement released by the management, customers were advised to use means mobile money, Agent’s Easy Load, PayWay, Mula App, Pebuu, and any other electronic payment option.
“We hereby inform the general public that UCC has banned the use of scratch/airtime cards with effect from 31st July, 2018,” UCC writes in a press notice.
Earlier this week, it was allegedly reported that airtime vendors had increased the price for airtime scratch cards to 10% – blaming the newly introduced taxes. This is however not the first that they have done so.
In November last year, vendors across the country increased airtime prices by between UGX100 and UGX400 which sparked anger amongst consumers.