Hon. Ben Phiri, Member of Parliament for Thyolo Central Constituency and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Field Marshal also former Minister of Local government, moved an important motion in Parliament, which If approved will see service providers removing an expiry period on different data bundles bought by internet surfers.
The motion concerned with the serious practice by mobile service providers in the country, in which they impose an expiry date for any data bundle purchased by the subscribers for internet usage, and noting that the practice is bad business practice which is disadvantageous to the ordinary citizens and counterproductive to the government’s intentions of making internet accessible to everyone, this House resolves that the government through Ministry of Information and MACRA as a regulator should immediately engage service providers with a view of directing cessation of this bad practice by mobile providers,” reads part of the official Parliamentary order paper for today.
If this motion is adopted, Malawians will never cry about expiry of data bundles which accumulate in their phones and vanishes before they are used because they have reached the expiry date, a pure act of theft by service providers.
Service providers such as Airtel and TNM will have to comply with the resolution which will be made or risk their licenses being revoked by the country’s regulator, MACRA.
On the political note, Democratic Progressive Party – DPP claims the Lazarus Chakwera led Government propaganda machinery has gone out spreading lies that Phiri and wife Bernadette have divorced and that she wants 50/50 share of their worth, hours before Phiri moved the motion in Parliament.
Commentators described the move by the Government machinery as aimed at breaking Dr. Ben Phiri’s spirit ahead of the important motion which will mark a new milestone in the information and communication technology sector of Malawi.