Airtel money waives transaction fees across all bands to help fight COVID-19
The second biggest telco in Kenya, Airtel Kenya has waivered transaction fees on its Airtel money across all bands in a bid to reduce the movement of physical cash, to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Airtel Kenya is offering its users free transactions on its Airtel Money. Unlike Safaricom’s offer which only applies to transactions below Ksh 1,000, Airtel Kenya’s covers all bands.
Additionally, the company is increasing the daily transaction limit for Airtel Money customers from the current Ksh. 70,000 to Ksh 150,000.
COVID-19 is spreading fast and many governments, both at the National and County level, are aggressively sensitizing citizens through various platforms on ways to keep themselves safe from the virus.
On Sunday, the government gave a directive to close down all schools at all levels of learning, from the Primary schools to Universities in a bid to reduce transmission of the virus.
Coronavirus continues to cause panic and anxiety in many quarters and since the outbreak in December 2019 has wreaked havoc in China, the epicentre and much of Europe.
Safaricom which is the biggest carrier and operator of the region’s biggest mobile money platform, M-Pesa, came out to waiver transaction charges below Ksh 1000 for a person to person transactions on Monday.
This, the company said came in line with the government’s directive to help reduce the risk of spreading of COVID-19 by the handling of physical cash among the people.