Ugandan regulator backs down on airtime scratch cards

13 Aug 2018

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has reversed a ban on selling mobile airtime scratch cards following discussions with the country’s Ministry of ICT and several MPs, The Monitor newspaper reports. After the ban was introduced on 1 August by the UCC, MPs complained in parliament that their constituents had suffered loss of access to services, and demanded that cellcos be allowed to continue selling the cards alongside electronic airtime recharges. ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze said he would persuade the UCC to reconsider the ban, and following dialogue between the Ministry, MPs and the UCC, the regulator’s executive director Godfrey Mutabazi agreed to permit scratch card sales to resume.