|South Sudan Gemtel to stop use of Uganda’s dialling code|
|Wednesday, 12 November 2008 18:20|
South Sudan will stop using the controversial Uganda’s dialling code next month, the Ugandan minister of communication told the MPs in Kampala today.
Since last year questions are raised about circumstances under which Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) gave the private South Sudan operator Gemtel a franchise to use its national code (+256) since 2006.
Ugandan MPs say the country is losing millions of shillings since Gemtel uses the code without paying direct taxes to the government, while Gemtel, whose chairman is listed as Augustus Caesar Mulenga, a Ugandan, says it is paying UTL 50,000 dollars (89.5m shillings) a month in interconnection fees.
Mulira was answering to questions raised during a debate on his ministry’s budget for 2008 financial year.
Last year some Ugandan lawmakers said that Gemtel could have illegally set up a satellite dish at the Mpoma earth satellite station, a sensitive government facility in Mukono District in southeastern Uganda, 21 km from Kampala.