Gambia – The hours of unending chit chat with friends and family at free hours of the day has been brought to an end in Gambia. This is after some GSM companies in Gambia were asked to stop their free mid night call services with immediate effect.
Freedom understands that the Public Utility Regulatory Body, PURA, was reportedly asked to implement a directive banning free night calls in Gambia. A PURA official confirmed the development to Freedom. The official said the authority has asked GSM service providers in Gambia to discontinue the free midnight call service. Qcell subscribers, for example, have been receiving text messages informing them that the service has been suspended.
According to one subscriber, the service has been saving lives, most especially students and the development means all happy hours calls will now be billed. “I’m sure people who have been using this free mid-night call will testify how it has helped them in so many ways. The service saves from incurring costs. Not only that, it also helped them to get in touch with their lovers and pals that are far from them,” he said.
Gambia will go to the polls to elect a new president later this year and the government of President Yahya Jammeh is doing everything it can to suppress the flow of information. Yahya Jammeh, seen by many as a dictator, has boasted in the past that he will rule for one billion years. However, he has grown increasingly paranoid in the recent past. There is widespread speculation that this year’s election might be mired by an uprising, as many in Gambia have grown frustrated.