127 local government offices integrated to Vodacom M-Pesa.
3rd November 2019. Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s leading technology and Communication Company, Vodacom Tanzania PLC and The Ministry of Regional Administration and Local Government (TAMISEMI), have entered a new partnership to strengthen the financial payment system, integrating M-PESA to 127 local government offices in Tanzania. The move is set to benefit over 14 million Vodacom customers from using M-Pesa at councils and municipalities in the country.
Speaking during announcement of the partnership in Dar es Salaam, Minister for Regional Administration and Local Government, Suleiman Jaffo emphasized on the importance of using digital channels such as M-Pesa in processing payments and collecting revenues, saying that the move will improve records keeping and reports as well as reduce fraud and increase government revenue collection.
“Paying through digital channels will save time that was spent on queues. Now we have M-Pesa, an efficient payment system that I believe will give us more time to address other development activities. I thank Vodacom for partnering with TAMISEMI on this initiative. I hope this service will make payments easier and benefit everyone by keeping records of transactions, improving financial security and increasing revenue collection in general”, Minister Jaffo remarked.
Director of M-Pesa, Epimack Mbeteni said that Vodacom is expecting to extend its service to more government and private institutions in order to make digital payment system easier, more safe and efficient.
“A high percentage of Tanzanians are already using M-Pesa to process various payments like Luku, water bills and road traffic fines. We are extending this service to local government authorities in order to improve the payment collection through our digital platform,” said Mbeteni.
The partnership between TAMISEMI and M-Pesa will enable Vodacom customers to pay more than 205 local government bills conveniently and efficiently such as business licenses, building permits, parking fees and many others.
“We are all witnesses to M-Pesa on how it continues to change the payment ecosystem in the country. We hope that all payments in local government authorities will be easier, faster and more secure.
In order to pay through M-Pesa, a customer must access M-Pesa menu by dialing * 150 * 00 #, choose to pay by M-Pesa, then government payments, a reference number will then be provided by the local government offices. A customer can also use the M-Pesa APP to make payment at any time,” concluded Mbeteni.