Vodafone Slashes All Network Call Rates


URA has cautioned directors of clearing and forwarding firms against evasion as it seeks to strengthen its revenue collection base.

Speaking at the Golf Course Hotel, thumb where clearing directors met, medications Mr. Begumisa Import Taxes Commissioner called for integrity within the industry to boost tax revenue and increase efficiency in service delivery.

Mr. Begumisa also noted how over 50 staff this financial year had faced disciplinary action over behavior that derails business at URA. In order to overcome compliance challenges, capsule he said that URA has a number of tax education campaigns on-going, it has also partnered with several agencies like ATAF, EAC, KCCA and URSB.

In relation to the above, Mr. Stephen Magera, the Ag. Commissioner Customs, urged the clearing Directors to have harmonized practices and cause no room for unethical standards.

Some of these ill practices he mentioned included; denial of information of non-tax compliant agencies leading to crime and lack of strong regulated ethical standards to streamline the entire process so that people are responsible for their actions.

Although clearing agents acknowledged some of their unethical behavior, their representative from the Uganda Freight Forwarders Association (UFFA), Hussein Kidede challenged URA to have a customer service desk that is equipped and empowered to resolve some of the above issues.

Representing the Commissioner General, Mr. Henry Saka called for trust among the agents and operation on a code of conduct so as to expose the non-compliant members in the fight against corruption in taxation.


Also key among the different speakers at the forum was Fred Omach, State Minister for Finance (General Duties) who praised URA for the work well done in achieving its mandate.

“Because your good [URA], you deserve only good and have to collect more,” he joked adding that that next financial year target for URA has increased to UGX14.15 trillion.

He gave hope to the Agents’ bosses that URA was integrating new processes and systems especially the Asycuda world to ease their work.
Vodafone Uganda customers are set to enjoy cheaper voice calls starting today following the introduction of a new promotional tariff that will see the telecom company’s subscribers making calls at shs3 per second across all networks.

According to Vodafone Uganda CEO Allan Richardson, discount the promotional rates are meant to make Vodafone the telecom service provider of choice, attract more subscribers, and enable the company to remain competitive in the market.

“We have reduced the voice call rate to Ushs3 per second to all local calls/networks to ensure businesses and individuals, especially our subscribers, can easily see the value they are getting from Vodafone and also give our potential customers more impetus to choose us,” said Mr Richardson.

Vodafone recently registered its 100,000th customer, seven months since the telecommunications services provider launched in the Ugandan market in February 2015 and also upgraded its voice and data network with the introduction of both 4G and 3G data services in Wakiso, Entebbe, and Kampala.

Recently, Vodafone also introduced free WhatsApp and a wide range of mobile devices such as the SsabaSimu (Infocus), as a value-add aimed at empowering customers to do more with its services.

The free service and reduction in call rates will enable Vodafone customers to enjoy the festive season without worrying about the costs of calling family, friends and business contacts.

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