The Bawumia touch of Aunty Muni waakye

The Bawumia touch of Aunty Muni waakye

- The Vice President has launched a universal payment platform at a waakye joint.

- Aunty Muni Waakye was graced by Dr. Bawumia who in turn ordered a meal worth 60 cedis.

- Ghana, according to the government, is the first in Africa to launch a QR Code.

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She woke up one Thursday morning least expecting a public figure as the Vice President, Dr. Bawumia at her food joint. It was all joy and surprise at the food joint of Aunty Muni Waakye in the suburbs of Labone, Accra.

The Bawumia touch of Aunty Muni waakye
The Bawumia touch of Aunty Muni waakye
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The Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, together with the minister for communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and officials of some selected banks, visited the popular waakye food joint to mark the official launch of Ghana’s QR Code.

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This QR Code is a universal payment platform you can use to purchase any goods or service - be it in the trotro or at your favourite waakye joint. All you need to do is capture the code on your phone or tablet then confirm payments - just like the mobile money transaction. What is different about this is that you will not need codes or passwords to send cash.

According to Dr. Bawumia, the launch of the QR Code makes Ghana the first in Africa to come up with such an innovation. According to him, the whole plan is to ensure that less physical cash is seen around the country.

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One interesting part of Bawumia’s visit was the service Aunty Muni gave him. Standing next to the Minister for Communications - Ursula Owusu-Ekuful - the Veep ordered some waakye with wele and egg and fish. He did the same for the minister. In all, they were billed 60 cedis - a “strange” charge that got everyone bursting with laughter.

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Nii Ayi Ayitey Nii Ayi Ayitey, aka Charles Ayitey, is an experienced journalist who covered Current Affairs news for from 2015-2021. He also worked for such companies as Multimedia Group Limited, Scooper, and Face2Face Africa. Nii Ayi Ayitey holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (2015). Currently, he's studying at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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