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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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