The ban on the sale of airtime scratch cards has been lifted in Uganda barely two weeks after it came into effect.

Uganda Communications Commission issued a statement early July prompting users to access airtime using mobile money and other electronic platforms. The move was in agreement with telecommunication companies.

MPs and UCC on Thursday agreed to lift the ban on airtime scratch cards saying there is need to sensitize the people about electronic loading.

Some vendors had started selling airtime scratch cards at an additional cost since the supply was low following UCC's directive to telecommunication companies not to make new stock orders.

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ICT and Guidance Minister Frank Tumwebaze told reporters in Kampala banning airtime scratch cards should be a gradual process.

"It is good that the ban has been lifted. This has no harm. It will allow companies to sensitize communities and extend electronic services," Tumwebaze said.

Why the ban?

Early this year, UCC halted the sale of airtime scratch cards over security concern.

The communication regulator claimed that criminals were using the loophole in use of unregistered sim cards and open sale of airtime to commit crimes.