MTN Protest March Starts Today in Uganda

Uganda, physician losing finalists in 1978 will have to wait for 2017 to realize their dream of participating at the continent’s flagship event since making their last appearance 36-years ago.

Ghana led 2-0 at half time with goals from Abdul Majeed Waris on 24 minutes and Mubarak Wakaso four minutes later.

The loss blew up Uganda’s chances for qualification and plunged the nation in grief.

Thousands took to social media to express their frustrations with the Uganda Cranes which needed a draw to end 36 years of pain.

It was tough for the Cranes as they lost their captain Andrew Mwesigwa through a red card in the second half as it made matters worse for a team that went into the game needing just a draw to qualify for the finals to be hosted by Equatorial Guinea next year.

Ugandans called for more training facilities and identification of more talented players to boost the Cranes team.

Meanwhile, Ghana and Guinea booked their places for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 after convincing wins on Wednesday.

The Black Stars beat neighbours Togo 3-1 in Tamale whilst Guinea accounted for Uganda 2-0 in Casablanca to claim the two automatic slots in Group E. Ghana finished on 11 points, one more than Guinea leaving Uganda and Togo with seven and six points respectively

The Togolese reduced the deficit two minutes from recess through Jonathan Ayite but Ghana captain Emmanuel Agyemang Badu took the game beyond the visitors on 68 minutes with a shot that deflected off a Togolese defender.

Elsewhere in Casablanca, a goal in each half from Ibrahima Traore and Seydouba Soumah ensured victory for Guinea against 10-man Uganda, who had Andy Mwesigwa sent off on the hour mark.

Traore opened the scores on 23 minutes before Soumah netted the winner on 62 minutes from the spot.

Ghana and Guinea are thus the 11th and 12th team to qualify for the final tournament.
A group of Ugandan activists will Thursday morning peacefully march to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s office at Parliament to deliver a petition seeking her intervention into telecom giant MTN’s alleged exploitative behaviour, thumb Chimp Corps report.

Ugandans accuse MTN of charging subscribers abnormal rates and unjustifiably deducting their airtime and internet bundles not to mention poor service.

Justus Amanya who is leading the popular campaign told this website that after meeting Kadaga, website the forum of concerned citizens will “thereafter on the same Avenue, cheapest deliver a copy of the petition to the Minister of ICT Nyombi Thembo.”

“All concerned members are requested to turn to escort me as I deliver the petition. Endeavour to be at the main gate of Parliament by 9am prompt. Together we shall liberate ourselves from MTN consumer exploitation.”

The activists have since created a hash tag #stopMTNgonya on Twitter to popularise their campaign.

Observers say this is the first citizen-driven defiance campaign against such a high profile telecom firm.

MTN Uganda on Tuesday spoke out on circumstances under which customers’ interned data bundles were being stolen, saying it is investigating the shameful incidents in what appears a huge scandal for the telecom giant.

The organisation said in a statement: “We would like to inform all our data customers that, a number of MTN data users have been experiencing varied degraded service mainly relating to: Multiple data bundle activation failure which causes multiple charges; Delayed data bundle loading; Failed activation; Inaccurate data bundle billing and Bundle charged but not activated.”

It added: “MTN and its data platform Vendors have over the last three weeks been fully engaged in identifying the cause of the problem affecting approximately 7,800 out of over 2,000,000 MTN data subscribers.

The MTN statement does not explain whether the cheated customers will be refunded their lost data.

Some subscribers on Wednesday morning said some of their lost airtime and data was quietly refunded.

The telecom simply says it “would like to reassure its customers that it is focused on resolution of the problem and full restoration of the service.”

Uganda Communications Commission boss, Godfrey Mutabazi says he needs an enabling law to penalise MTN and other misbehaving telecoms.


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