The Civil Society Movement Sierra Leone (CSM-SL) has on Thursday 16th April 2009, condemned the recent increase in the cost of top up cards without prior information to the public and the Government of Sierra Leone.
According to the Chairman of the Civil Society Movement Sierra Leone, Festus Minah, the recent illegal increase in the prices of top up cards by mobile phone companies such as Zain, Comium and Africell, is an attempt to "gang rape" the economy of the state, and called for the immediate reversal of the decision. The chairman further informed that Sierra Leone has joined the electronic world in which the power of speech, is taking its place more than other great powers such as scientific, electronic and atomic that are shaping the human life style, noting that they can not equally deny the fact that communication is critical for mankind. He said Sierra Leoneans deserve the right to also enjoy low cost and tariffs as other countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and others do.
"We equally note that the clandestine text sending approach in enforcing the increment by Le200 (Two Hundred Leones) per every 100 units air time without the prior approval of the National Tele-Communication Company (NATCOM), is criminal and must be reversed with immediate effect.
He said if not, the Movement will be left no alternative but to set up a mechanism that will force the companies to comply.
He called on the government and NATCOM to hurriedly strengthen the countryís national telecommunication system to ensure effective and efficient communication service delivery for the benefit of all Sierra Leoneans and other nationals resident in the country.
He vowed that the Movement will take all necessary measures within its reach to closely monitor the operations of mobile phone companies operating in the country.
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