In a bid to increase awareness and interest among consumers and merchants, MasterCard has unveiled 5 times FIFA footballer of the year winner Lionel Messi as the face of the Tigo Pesa Masterpass QR campaign to celebrate its launch in Tanzania.

With the introduction of Mastercard and Tigo’s Tigo Pesa Masterpass QR, there is no need to carry cash or bank cards. Tanzanians can now use the Tigo Pesa app to make quick, easy and secure transactions at various stores, restaurants and retail outlets across the country.

Simon Karikari, Managing Director of Tigo Tanzania has expressed extreme pride in being the first and only mobile operators to offer Tigo Pesa Masterpass QR service in Tanzania.

“We are extremely proud to be the first and only mobile operator in Tanzania to offer this service to our consumers. This innovation has come at the right time as we are broadening our Tigo Pesa ecosystem.  We envisage Tigo Pesa becoming a fully-fledged financial service provider where customers are able to perform a variety of transactions. With millions of Tanzanian’s preferring to use their mobile devices to pay for goods and services Masterpass QR will provide them with a fast, easy to use and secure way to pay for goods and services,” He said.


Raghav Prasad, Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa, Mastercard said, “Our focus is to help Tanzania become a strong digital economic hub in Africa, and through the introduction of relevant technology innovation we will help displace the use of cash and create a more convenient and secure payment sector. The partnership between Mastercard, Tigo and Selcom is a game changer for the country, and will help shape a new digital age of commerce in Tanzania.”

In just a matter of seconds your purchase is complete. Tigo Pesa Masterpass QR is a fast and convenient digital payment solution that is now accepted at various stores and other acceptance locations across the country including: Puma Fuel Stations, KFC and Pizza Hut outlets, Choppies and Shoppers supermarkets, JD Pharmacies, multiple shops at the GSM Mall and many more. He added.

Accessing the Service

By downloading the latest version of the Tigo Pesa app, Tanzanian’s will be able to pay with Masterpass QR by following these four simple steps:

  • Open your Tigo Pesa App and select Pay Merchant Masterpass.
  • Scan the QR code displayed at the checkout through your Tigo Pesa App (you can also enter the 8-digit merchant number).
  • Enter the amount of the transaction.
  • Enter your PIN to authorise payment.

For those who do not have a smartphone or want to use USSD menu, they can pay by following these six simple steps:

  • Dial *150*01#
  • Select option 5 – Pay Merchant
  • Select option 2 – Pay Masterpass QR merchant
  • Enter the 8 – digit merchant number
  • Enter the amount of the transaction
  • Enter your PIN to authorise payment