Uganda’s renewable energy agency wants tax on mobile money scraped

The Uganda National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance (UNREEEA) wants the 0.5 per cent tax on mobile money scraped to allow the rural population access solar energy with ease.

The mobile telephone companies of MTN and Airtel currently provide pay for utility services which enables consumers of solar systems to pay for the services.

Mr Grace Walukamba Aldon, the communications and membership manager at UNREEEA said the more the tax, the more the prices of the renewable energy products.

Walukamba was addressing journalists in Arua on Thursday at the side-lines of a training of its members on improvement of their business marketing skills to penetrate communities to fight energy poverty.

“We as UNREEEA, we want the 0.5 per cent tax on mobile money to be scraped so that people in the rural villages can access solar energy with ease, we are also giving our members funds in order to transport their products to the rural areas, this will mean that we have reduced their costs on transport and therefore they can reduce the cost of their product so that the end user can get them at a cheaper price”, Walukamba said.

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