Yesterday the government of Uganda suspended all public gatherings in the bid to prevent coronavirus from spreading within the country and today, MTN Uganda has come out to make communications on how they intend to help.
According to an online press briefing that MTN CEO Mr. Wim Vanhellepute, MTN are to cut costs on Mobile Money transactions and they have also set aside over 500M shillings that will go into supporting the fight against coronavirus in Uganda.
MTN Uganda Removes Tariffs on Mobile Money Transactions Below 30, 000
For 30-days of which mainly the activities in the country are on suspension, customers can send up to Ushs 30,000/- Mobile Money every day to other MTN MoMo customers free of charge. The offer is meant to reduce the risk of transmission by avoiding the physical exchange of currency notes.
Previously, Ugandans were being charged close to 1800 shs to carry out the transaction where there was even an application of Mobile Money tax.
In neighboring Kenya, mobile money tariffs were reduced and mobile money tax scrapped in a bid to encouraged cashless transactions in the country seeing as this is the easiest way through which coronavirus can be passed from one person to another.
The offer comes alongside a day-time data bundle that will enable Ugandans stay on-line and work from home. Customers will get 1GB of data at just Ushs 2,000 valid between 9am and 5pm.
This bundle comes at a time where many are considering working from home as they look for ways in which they can prevent themselves from catching the coronavirus.
You can be able to get the bundle using MTM Momo App or you can dial *150*19# and you will be able to get yourself 1GB at 2,000 shillings and work from hence avoiding all crowded work places.
MTN has also pledged over UGX 500 Million that will go into helping the government of Uganda in fighting coronavirus in the country. The Telecom giant is also supplementing this monetary contribution with free media channel space (radio, tv, social media, SMS, call centre IVR platform) to promote the Ministry of Health’s sensitization messages
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