Speaking at the launch of Tigo Pesa partnership with Government’s Electronic Payment Gateway (GePG) service in Arusha city yesterday, acting Director of Arusha Urban Water and Sewerage Authority, Edes Mushi said Tigo Pesa subscribers can now pay their bills using the digital platform.
He said through the GePG, the government has widened its offering of services to regular citizens and opened up a new business avenue to payment service providers like MIC Tanzania Plc which trades as Tigo in the market.
“Citizens can obtain bills physically from public institutions or electronically through various online portals and pay for the valid bills at their convenience time and place through mobile money, bank channels and or e-commerce payments,” the AUWSA chief noted.
Tigo’s Northern Zonal Director, Nancy Bagaka backed Mushi’s observation by adding that with more than seven million customers using Tigo Pesa platform, the GePG provides more options to make quick, easy and secure payments to over 300 civil ministries, government agencies and other public utilities through Tigo Pesa application or QR code.
“Supporting government plans to increase financial inclusion in Tanzania has always been one of our strategic objectives,” said Bagaka.
Some of the public institutions to which bill payments can now be made via Tigo Pesa include Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), TANESCO, Local Government Authorities (LGAs), Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) and Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA).
With over 12 million registered subscribers to its network, Tigo directly and indirectly employs over 300,000 Tanzanians including an extended network of customer service representatives, mobile money merchants, sales agents and distributors.