Speaker Kadaga Meets UN Human Rights Boss, Looks Forward to Cooperation

Hon Rebecca Kadaga with UNHCR'S Uchenna Emelonye.

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/-, cheap at per second tariff rates.

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

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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

The new Country Director, more about United Nations, cure Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed interest in working with Parliament, pharm especially in areas of Human Rights.

He revealed this today when he paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda, Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga.

During the meeting, Dr. Emelonye informed the Speaker that he was grateful that government had accepted him.

“I would like to work with Parliament as there is a presumption that they have passed laws that violate Human Rights. We will be glad to offer any kind of help in regards to human rights activities and bills,” Dr Emelonye said.

He sighted legislations like the Anti- Terrorism Bill and the recent NGO Bill as areas of interest.

The new country Director said that he has realized that some recently passed Bills indeed violate human rights.

The Speaker in response informed the Country Director that Parliament had a Committee on Human Rights and they had developed a checklist to be used in assessing Bills that are presented before Parliament.

“We have a checklist generated by the Committee on Human Rights. I am not sure if other committees use it but it is there. I definitely agree with you that an extra eye and ear would be good,” she said.

Rt. Hon Kadaga further informed the director that the Attorney General should be in position to send him the Bills for advice before they are passed.

“It is also advisable for you to send the agreements to the legislature and Judiciary as compared to just dealing with the Executive,” she added.

Dr. Emelonye pledged to work hand in hand with the government and requested that the Speaker opens her office to them at all times.

“The office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is willing to support the government of Uganda and provide advisory services,” he said.

Dr. Uchenna Emelonye brings to this office over a decade of practicing and programming experience as a human rights attorney.


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