MTN Removes Mobile Money Charges For Next 30 Days Over Coronavirus Outbreak

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MTN Uganda has on Wednesday March 18 waived fees on its mobile money transfer service for every transactions below UGX30,000 for the next 30 days.

MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte said this is allow customers to use cashless modes of payment as part of the measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.

The MTN CEO said all person-to-person transactions below UGX30,000 shall be free for the next 30 days.

Before the move, it cost between UGX850 and 1100 to transfer cash below UGX30,000 on MTN – MTN Uganda platforms.

He added that the decision to waive fees came after MTN held a meeting with Central Bank governor Tumusiime Mutebile and other industry players including banks to discuss the evolving situation around the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

“We propose to implement jointly with the Commercial Banks the following emergency tariffs from midnight Thursday 20th March 2020 and remain in place for a period of thirty days; there will be no charge for Peer to Peer (P2P) on-net transactions below UGX 30,000,” Vanhellaputte said.

"Coronavirus is spread through sneezing, coughing or contact with contaminated surfaces. To avoid the disease, wash your hands with soap regularly, don’t spit in public, avoid crowds and stay home if you have flu. Protect yourself and your loved ones. Let’s fight Corona together. This message is from the Ministry of Health"

Following the meeting, Bank of Uganda approved that there will be no charge for the wallet to bank (W2B) or bank to wallet (B2W) transactions., 6 UPDF Soldiers, 11 Police Officers Arrested For Torturing and Undressing Women At Elegu Border

Wim said this is dependant on partnership with the Commercial Banks to ensure transactions are zero rated on both the subscriber wallet and bank account.

He also revealed that there will be no charge for all MoMo pay transactions for customers and merchants.

“We will continue to take whatever coordinated action is necessary to support and adopt further precautionary approaches and generation of insights to support national efforts,” Vanhellaputte noted

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