MTN Slashes Call Rates, Unveils New Tariff Plans

The trial of 13 people suspected to have masterminded the July 2010 twin bombings at Lugogo and Kabalagala resumes tomorrow Tuesday at the High Court in Kampala after stalling for a month.

In August, this web one of the prosecutors Lino Anguzo asked court for an adjournment after exhausting the local witnesses and wanted time to prepare for foreign witnesses.

Anguzo told court presided over by Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo that among the foreign witnesses they expected were FBI officials, visit this who would be difficult to cater for in terms of accommodation and transportation to the country from America.

”We have exhausted all our local witnesses and we ask for more time to summon foreign ones. We ought to have summoned them but we experienced logistical and diplomatic challenges and we request for at least 30 days to be able to avail them,” Anguzo told the trial judge.

According to the prosecutors, over 100 witnesses, both local and from outside Uganda are expected to testify in the case.
On Saturday, information pills September 19, page Dr Kizza Besigye quietly called a meeting of top FDC officials at the Katonga Road office in Nakasero, treatment Kampala.

This was just a day after The Democratic Alliance had fallen short of choosing a joint flag-bearer in the 2016 presidential elections.

The selected four potential candidates – Hon Amama Mbabazi, Dr. Kizza Besigye, Norbert Mao and Prof. Gilbert Bukenya had asked for more time to return to their respective bases and consult on the way forward.

This was confirmed by Mao who told journalists at Royal Suites Hotel in Bugolobi on Friday that they had had a productive meeting but failed to agree on who would be the opposition coalition flag-bearer.


“We have requested the summit to allow us consult until Monday afternoon,” he said.

Besigye on Friday night communicated to senior FDC officials to attend a very urgent meeting at Katonga.

Some of the top FDC honchos who graced the meeting include party president Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, Dr Besigye, Buganda Region Chairperson Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, party chairman Wasswa Biriggwa and Mobilisation Chief, Ingrid Turinawe.

The meeting kicked off at around 9:30am with members discussing the party’s involvement in TDA.

They also brainstormed on the chances of Besigye being elected as the TDA joint candidate in 2016.

Hell broke loose when Turinawe asked members on the position FDC would take in case Besigye was sidelined.

“Some members led by Muntu and Biriggwa insisted that in case their candidate loses, FDC should support whoever wins,” said a top party source who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

However, this opened a can of worms by Besigye’s loyalists who accused the two FDC leaders (Muntu and Biriggwa) of supporting Mbabazi.

The duo was also accused of engaging in night meetings with the former Prime Minister at his residence in Kololo in a bid to ensure the fall of Besigye.

“At one moment Nabbosa Ssebugwawo attacked Muntu for not fronting the party interests yet he knows that TDA is a Mbabazi creation,” the source intimated to ChimpReports.

“Muntu was accused of receiving money from Mbabazi that he used to finance his FDC flag-bearer campaigns and that whoever was in his camp is believed to be rallying behind Mbabazi.”

Ssebugwawo was quoted as charging at Muntu: “We know where this is leading. We must have the party’s interests at heart. Why should FDC which was voted by 2 million people rally behind Mbabazi who does not even have a single structure?”

She added: “Our candidate (Besigye) is the most harassed and brutalised opposition leader. Why shouldn’t we rally behind him? What has Mbabazi got to offer?”

At this moment, the meeting got heated with Besigye calling for restraint.

But this was simply the beginning of the storm.

Way forward

Matters worsened when Besigye’s supporters including Turinawe resolved that Besigye shouldn’t lose in TDA and that in case such a thing happens, FDC should pull out of the coalition.

Turinawe insisted that Besigye’s particulars must at all costs appear on the ballot paper in 2016.

FDC Deputy Electoral Commission chairperson Michael Kabaziguruka confirmed to this website on Monday that “we have been on the grassroots looking for signatures for Dr Kizza Besigye’s nomination.”

He emphasised: “So we expect him to be nominated”

The developments underscore FDC’s determination to ensure its candidate’s participation in the 2016 elections.

Biriggwa was recently attacked by FDC youth at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi over allegations that he was pushing for Mbabazi’s interests at TDA.

The former Ugandan envoy to Japan has since denied the charge, saying the youth are basing their decisions on lack of proper information.

The Katonga meeting ended without consensus. But Besigye said he would return to TDA for a series of meetings expected to end on Monday, Sept 21.
Aphia Musabyimana, page a widow to a police officer who was accidentally shot on duty by a colleague in Nansaana has filed a petition at the Kampala High court seeking payment of Shs 50 million as government compensation for her husband’s death.

Musabyimana’s husband Mathias Nteziryayo was the officer in-charge of CID at Bulenga Police post when his colleague David Kamugira mistook him for a robber and shot him dead in an operation that was held in Nansana on July 4, story 2013.

In her petition, help Musabyimana contends her husband’s unlawful death should be held liable to the government for failing to protect his life while on duty.

The widow who is currently surviving with 2 sons aged 5 and 3 maintains that the Shs 50 million is inclusive of her husband’s would-be salary for his remainder period of 30 years in service and burial expenses.

Court is yet to summon Attorney General who has been named as the respond.

MTN Uganda has today announced a new tariff for their customers to call across all networks in Uganda.

The Telecom Giant has taken a bold step and reduced its call rates by 45% from Ugshs. 5.5/- to Ugshs. 3/-, order at per second tariff rates.

With the new rate, help MTN customers will enjoy the lowest call rate across all mobile numbers, ailment to all networks across the country. This new rate of Ush. 3/- per second takes effect immediately.

Existing customers simply have to dial *151*2# to enjoy the new call rate while new customers will enjoy the new rates immediately upon activation of their new SIM cards.

The rate has also been reducedfrom 300/- down to 180/-per minute for Postpaid customers.

According to MTN, together with MTN’s attractive Voice Bundle offering, Ugandans can now enjoy the most affordablecalls to anyone they want to call, as long as they are connected to the MTN network.

The Chief Marketing Officer, Mapula Bodibe says this move is intended to offer customers morevalue, competitive rates and convenience.

“In a bid to offer even more value for ourcustomers, MTN has taken the unprecedented decision this year to reduce the calling rates for Ugandans, at a time when most prices are escalating upwards,” she said.

“Customers are continually looking for value-adding offers to meet their needs for affordability. MTN understands its customers’ needs and is always looking at opportunities to offer competitively priced products and services to address their communication needs at the most affordable rates.   With this new offer, MTN customers will enjoy the lowestcalling rates, to any local network and only pay for what they have used,” she added.

In addition, MTN will offer 7 minutes of free MTN to MTN calls for a 7 day period, for all new customers that activate a new MTN SIM card. This offer is aimed as a welcome offer for new customers joining MTN.

According to Bodibe, MTN customers can now enjoy better choice and affordability whilst connecting with friends and family, either with the MTN 3/- per second tariff plan, an affordable, simple, and easy to understand price plan that allows them to call for less, or MTN Zone per second, the perfect price plan for those looking for attractive discounts on their calls.

Facts about this new tariff(s)

  • 3/- per second across all networks.
    • Existing customers, dial *151*2@ to activate the 3/- per second
    • The rate is automatically activated on new SIM cards for new customers
  • New SIM cards now come with;
    • 3/- per second default tariff
    • 7 minutes of free MTN to MTN calls
    • Free CallerTunez subscription
  • Per Minute and Postpaid rate now at 180/- per minute
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