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Gov't Rejects Proposal to Extend Deadline for Scrapping Airtime Cards

The UCC Executive Director, Godfrey Mutabazi, told the Committee that since the scratch cards were phased out at the end of last month, statistics from different Telecom companies indicate 98 compliance to digital transition.

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The Parliamentary Committee on Information Communications Technology-ICT struggled in vain today to avert government plans to phase out airtime scratch card. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) set July 31st 2108 as the deadline for phasing out airtime scratch cards across all networks.

Security agencies say scratch card vending is directly linked to the sale of illegally registered simcards, which are dependent on scratch cards that can't easily be traced. Just like MPs opposed to scrapping of the airtime scratch cards asked government last week to stay the proposal, saying mobile money and electronic money transfer hasn't reached the rural population, the Parliamentary Committee on Information Communications Technology also tried to stop the move in vain.

The UCC Executive Director, Godfrey Mutabazi, told the Committee that since the scratch cards were phased out at the end of last month, statistics from different Telecom companies indicate 98% compliance to digital transition. He was appearing before the Committee alongside the ICT Minister, Frank Tumwebaze.

During the meeting, the Committee Chairperson, Annette Nyaketcho asked UCC to extend the deadline for phasing out airtime scratch cards for at least one month to prepare Ugandans for the transition.

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The Luweero Woman MP, Lillian Nakate also pleaded with UCC in vain to extend the deadline of phasing out airtime scratch cards to allow the few Ugandans who haven't migrated to electronic airtime to catch up.

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The ICT Minister, Frank Tumwebaze, said they have already presented a draft policy that will guide the upgrade of the broad band of network across the country before cabinet.

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