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UCC bans airtime scratch cards

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has set June 30, 2018, as the deadline for phasing out airtime scratch cards.
 
In its communication dated March, 23, 2018, UCC says telecom companies should from July commence the use of electronic airtime.
 
UCC wants all airtime bought electronically 
 
UCC executive director Godfrey Mutabazi in the release says telecom companies are also supposed to submit the current stock of airtime scratch cards including the scratch cards already purchased and enroute to Uganda.

The telecom companies are also supposed to provide UCC with a weighted average period in which they would have consumed all scratch cards available in the market and also begin sensitizing the vendors about the phase off of scratch cards.

 
It is unclear what prompted UCC's decision especially given that there are very few point of sales (POS) and shops for electronic airtime even in the city centre itself. 
 
Like with so many impromptu economic and policy orders, speculation is rife on social media that perhaps some 'powerful' people in government are using state institutions to recoup back their investment. 

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+6 #1 gatashimana 2018-03-26 09:27
I think Ugandans are owed an explanation as to why scratch card airtime is being phased out.

Airtime scratch cards can be traced back to whoever uses one just like mobile money transactions can be traced.

It's a simple explanation so we know as consumers. It's our money that buys you the big cars...
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+4 #2 wazza 2018-03-26 10:24
Banning, Banning, Banning! what a useless institution this UCC is.

They only appear in the media for wrong reasons not announcing technological innovations or developments.
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+2 #3 Odongkara 2018-03-26 17:32
Even in London city you do get airtime scratch cards, but our sh*th*le Kampala is doing away with these cards even for my old mother who lives at the extreme north of Lamwo district!

Wonders never end in our Uganda! But what's criminal or security risk posed by these cards? Do citizens not deserve an explanation?
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+1 #4 Phalanch 2018-03-26 21:21
Kampala is not the building alone but the people and these are thieves period, stealing from both sides .

Telecom companies should take a stand , Why it's so important that it has to be done at such speed?
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+1 #5 kelem 2018-03-27 07:09
ehhhh a family murder leading to stopping of acquisition of sim cards and cessation of using scratch cards.
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