Rwandans can now buy fuel via mobile

customers trying out the new payment system at a Petrol Station in Kigali.Photo/Daniel S, Ntwari

customers trying out the new payment system at a Petrol Station in Kigali.Photo/Daniel S, Ntwari

Rwanda’s leading Telecommunication Company (MTN) and Société Pétrolière (SP) the country’s major petroleum products supplier have introduced a new way of paying for fuel products using mobile money services.

The initiative was launched Thursday at Remera SP petro station and is aimed at making life easy for motorists, and citizens in need of petroleum products such as cooking gas and paraffin among others.

The mobile money payment mode is the first of its kind in the country, and it will be available at all SP petrol stations countrywide.

The service, which uses a specialized Electronic Billing Machine will help customers shop, access carwash, vehicle repairs and servicing at all SP petrol station using their mobile money.

MTN’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Norman Munyampundu said that the initiative was developed as a result of a survey conducted among MTN clients- who expressed need to for mobile money services.

“This is an initiative that our clients have demanded, and this will be able to boost our mobile money platform, but also benefit the consumers and the government agenda of having a cashless economy by 2020” Munyampundu said.

Jerome Gasasira, the SP Board Chairman, also said that the service adds to the credit card service which was launched last year, and will enable all motorists to get quick services while at the gas stations, but also noted that this comes free of charge basis for users unlike on other mobile money services.

On behalf of Rwanda’s private sector federation (PSF), Gerald Mukubu, the PSF board member, who was also guest of honor at the launch said that the new mode of payment for fuel and other services will boost the economic activities in the country.

“Rwandans should be educated and made aware of such services that will make our economy perform better in the region, especially when all expenses can be monitored and accounted for. Rwanda has taken the lead in innovating such services, and we (PSF) we would like to have this initiative pushed throughout the region.” Mukubu said.

“It’s about time, I can not wait to use it,” David Bahizi, 29 year-old taxi driver told Afrika Reporter