Terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions


These general terms and conditions constitute a legally binding agreement between Elipa Solutions SMC Limited hereafter referred to as (We or eLipa) and You for provision of the Services, unless otherwise agreed in writing by Us and You. Please read carefully.


Please do not use any part of the Services if You do not agree with any term of this Agreement.


By using or continuing to use any part of the Services, You will be deemed to have read, understood and accepted all the terms of this Agreement.


NOW THEREFORE, You agree that;


1.1 The following definitions shall apply in this Agreement

Agreement means this Agreement together with its annexes and any document incorporated herein by reference

Buyer Purchasers of Your goods and services from Your website or shop

Biller means the business entity to which a bill payment is to be directed

Chargeback means a Transaction that has been disputed by a Buyer following a credit or debit card payment, and which has been resolved in favour of the Buyer resulting in cancellation of the Transaction

Customer means a consumer of your service offering

Dashboard means a web enabled interface that allows access to eLipa products and reports.

Effective Date means the first of the following events (i) the day on which You click the AGREE button associated with this Agreement or (ii) the day on which You execute an Agreement with eLipa incorporating this Agreement by reference or (iii) the date on which Your account with eLipa for the provision of the Services is activated

Merchant means You the user of the Services

On-boarding means the date on which Your account with eLipa for provision of the Services is activated

Parties mean eLipa and You collectively. The term Party shall have a singular composite meaning

Payment means transfer/giving of funds to receive a good or service.

Payment Scheme means guidelines on how transactions are processed based on the channel

Card Scheme means central payment network that uses credit and debit cards to process payments.

POS means payments accepted on premise through paybill numbers or mobile banking

Pricing Schedule means a list of fees and charges that is accepted by You

Refund means a repayment of funds to the Buyer initiated by You and effected by eLipa

Regulator means Bank of Uganda

Services includes collection, payout and billing services as further described in clause 3 herein

Settlement means eLipa’s transfer of funds standing to the balance of Your account with eLipa net of deductions. You have the option of initiating settlement manually through Your account with eLipa or We can automate the Settlement in accordance with Your written instructions

Transaction means

(i) with regard to Collection services the process by which You receive money from Your Customer in exchange for goods and/ or services

(ii) with regard to Payout services, the process by which You make payments to individuals and/or businesses 

(iii) with regard to Billing services by which Customers receive payments make payment to You for utilities and airtime

Vendor ID means unique identifier provided associated to your eLipa account

1.2 Any substantive provision in a definition in this Agreement, conferring rights or imposing any obligations on any Party, shall be effected as if it were a substantive clause in the body of the Agreement, notwithstanding that it is only contained in the definition.

1.3 Headings are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.



This Agreement commences on the Effective Date and shall remain in force for an Initial period of 12 successive months. Thereafter, it shall renew automatically upon the same terms or as may be amended in writing for periods of 12 successive months each, unless terminated in accordance with this Agreement.


This Agreement applies to eLipa’s collection, payout and billing services.


3.1.1 Under this service, eLipa will enable You to;

(a) Receive payments on channels of Your preference that is online, POS


3.1.2 To enable You use the Collection Service eLipa shall;

(a) Review KYC documents provided and ensure they are in order.

(b) Setup your account and share the credentials and APIs if required.

3.1.3 Where integration is required, your technical team will effect the same. At Your request, eLipa can perform the integration at a fee.


3.2.1 Under this service, eLipa will enable You to;

(a) Make payments to individuals or businesses

(b)(Pre?) Fund Your eLipa account

3.2.2 To enable You use the Payout service, eLipa shall;

(a) Review KYC documents provided and ensure they are in order.

(b) Setup your account and share the credentials and APIs if required.

3.2.3 Where integration is required, your technical team will effect the same. At Your request, eLipa can perform the integration at a fee.



3.3.1 Under this service, eLipa will enable You to;

(a) To accept bill payments for airtime from different Telecommunication companies and utilities from an array of Billers

(b) Fund Your eLipa account

(c) offer Your Customers airtime purchase and utility bill payment services


3.3.2 To enable You use the service, eLipa shall;

(a) Review KYC documents provided and ensure they are in order.

(b) Setup your account and share the credentials and APIs if required.

3.3.3 Where integration is required, your technical team will effect the same. At Your request, eLipa can perform the integration at a fee.



4.1 You will be granted access rights to the Services once You have;

4.1.1 Duly filled and submitted the sign-up form to eLipa.

4.1.2 Provided eLipa with all the requested Know Your Customer (KYC) documents.

4.1.3 Accepted these Terms & Conditions as may be from time to time amended.


4.2 Your account may be suspended in whole or in part without eLipa incurring any liability and with reasonable notice where practicable if;

4.2.1 in the reasonable opinion of eLipa You are using deceptive, unfair or misleading advertising or marketing practices or selling products and services with unsubstantiated claims.

4.2.2 eLipa has reasonable grounds to believe that You are engaging in prohibited products and services outlined in clause 5 of this Agreement.

4.2.3 eLipa has reasonable grounds to believe that You are engaging in fraudulent activities.

4.2.4 You are undertaking actions that expose eLipa to the risk of Chargebacks, Reversals and Refunds.

4.2.5 You do not, where required, have the necessary regulatory license to carry out your activity.

4.2.6 You do not comply with eLipa’s request for additional KYC documents.

4.2.7 You do not co-operate with Chargeback investigations.

4.2.8 You are in material breach of this Agreement or payment scheme rules.

4.2.9 You engage in activity that interferes or disrupts the Services.

4.2.10 it is necessary for eLipa to be compliant with any Applicable law or directive from the Regulator.


4.3 You will also be denied access the Services if;

4.3.1 Your account with eLipa for provision of the Services does not have any activity for a period of 12 consecutive months. In such a case, we will classify Your account as Dormant and will block Your access to the Services until You comply with eLipa’s instructions on reactivation.

4.3.2 If You do not reactivate Your account within 6 months of notification by eLipa that Your account has been classified Dormant, eLipa shall terminate this Agreement.

4.3.3 Upon termination in accordance with clause 4.3.2 above, eLipa shall dispose of all funds standing to the balance of your account in accordance with the Unclaimed Financial Assets Act without incurring any liability whatsoever.



5.1 eLipa does not support the following products and services

            5.1.1 Firearms and/or ammunition

            5.1.2 Pornography and adult content

            5.1.3 Hazardous materials, combustibles, and corrosives

            5.1.4 Cryptocurrency trading


        5.2 eLipa also does not support the following products and services unless You have the requisite license from the relevant authority

            5.2.1 Alcohol and Drug products

            5.2.2 Online betting or gambling

            5.2.3 market intermediaries

        5.3 It is solely Your duty to ensure that Your products or services are compliant with the Applicable laws and Card Association rules. For avoidance of doubt, eLipa does not offer any advice as to the legality of Your products or services.



        6.1 Once You are On-boarded by eLipa, you shall be provided with a Vendor ID and a password to grant You access to Your account for provision of the Services. It is Your duty to restrict access to Your password and to keep Your password safe

        6.2 eLipa is entitled to rely on information received from Your account and may assume that all communication so received is from You or on Your behalf



        7.1 Repayments refer to Refunds, Reversals or Chargebacks.

        7.2 You shall be exclusively responsible for repayments including any additional fees, penalties or both regarding them.

        7.3 Fees collected by eLipa for processing a payment which has subsequently been repaid shall not be returned to You.

        7.4 You are directly liable to eLipa for any amounts due to eLipa in connection with repayments as well as any applicable fees, penalties or both associated with repayments

        7.5 You shall deliver all necessary documentation as may be requested by eLipa to explain the circumstances regarding the request for repayment.

            7.5.1 Your refusal to cooperate with eLipa in providing any requested information in clause 7.5 above may lead to suspension of Your account and/ or termination of this Agreement.

            7.5.2 Without prejudice to and in addition to any rights or remedies legally available to eLipa, you hereby authorize to set-off any or any part of Your liabilities to eLipa under this Agreement against any settlement due to You under provision of the Services.

        7.6 The decision of a Payment Scheme with regard to a Chargeback shall be final and binding on You and We shall not be obligated to appeal the decision or act in any way to alter the outcome of the Payment Scheme’s decision.



        8.1 If a Buyer submits a claim that in particular demands a return of funds in connection with a Payment made, we may block the funds evidenced in Your account with eLipa in connection with such Payment, to the extent necessary to wholly cover the claim. Such blockade does not impede Your right to Settlement of the remainder of funds in Your account with eLipa.

        8.2 We may decline Payment where there is justifiable doubt as to the legality of the underlying Transaction or legality of the Payment itself



We shall deduct fees and other charges for the Services upon collection of funds in accordance with the Pricing Schedule.


If in addition to this Agreement, you have signed a contract with eLipa for any of the Services, the following order of priority will apply; (i) The other Contract (ii) This Agreement

11. DATA

You confirm that You have read our privacy policy (link) and consent to eLipa collecting, retaining, using and sharing personal information in order to provide You with the Services


If You experience a service outage or need any assistance, kindly send an email to [email protected] and We shall endeavour to solve the problem in consultation with other stakeholders.


13. MARKETING You hereby agree that Your Name and standard logo maybe used by eLipa in our general commercial efforts.



        14.1 Neither Party will be liable for delay or interruption in fulfillment of its obligations under the Agreement for reasons that are beyond its control and which exercise of reasonable diligence could not prevent (each event a ‘Force Majeure Event).

        14.2 Force Majeure events include and are not limited to acts of God, government or regulator action, adverse weather conditions, civil unrest, interruption in telecommunication networks.

        14.3 A Party affected by a Force Majeure event shall notify the other Party as soon as is reasonably practicable and will use commercially reasonable efforts to minimize the impact of the Force Majeure event.

        14.4 Force Majeure shall not include in insufficiency of funds or failure to make payment required under this Agreement.

        14.5 If an event of Force Majeure is not resolved within 14 days, then the other Party may terminate this Agreement in accordance with the provisions of termination herein.



        15.1 You represent and warrant that;

            15.1.1 You shall not use the Services in connection with any illegal or fraudulent activities.

            15.1.2 You shall use the Services only for the line of business for which You were signed up for.

            15.1.3 All information You have provided to eLipa is truthful, accurate and complete in all material respects.

            15.1.4 You agree to comply with the Data Protection and Privacy Act, 2019 and You shall not do any act that will cause eLipa to be in breach of the data protection laws.

            15.1.5 You shall comply with card payment scheme regulations.



        16.1 We are not Party to contracts concluded between You and Your Customers;

        16.2 You shall be exclusively responsible for the security and format of data transmitted to eLipa.

        16.3 To the fullest extent permissible under the applicable law, eLipa’s total liability arising under this Agreement shall not exceed the total fees received by it in the 6-month period immediately giving rise to the claim of liability

        16.4 eLipa shall be liable solely for its acts and omissions and not acts and omission of third parties.

        16.5 eLipa shall not be liable for any indirect loss including loss of profit and business.



        17.1 Subject to the provisions of clause 16, each Party shall indemnify and hold harmless the other Party from any claim brought against the other Party (including reasonable legal fees) resulting material breach of this agreement by a Party.

        17.2 You shall indemnify for and hold harmless eLipa from any losses related to Chargebacks and associated fees and penalties.



        18.1 The Parties shall first attempt to settle any dispute arising under this Agreement amicably within 30 days of receipt of a dispute notification from the offended Party to the offending Party.

        18.2 If the Parties fail to settle the dispute amicably, the Dispute shall be finally settled under the rules of Arbitration of the Centre for Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Kampala, by one arbitrator appointed in accordance with said Rules and in accordance with the Uganda Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 2000, as may be from time to time amended. The seat of arbitration shall be Kampala, Uganda and the language to be used in the arbitral proceedings shall be English.

        18.3 The Parties shall continue to perform their obligations under the contract pending conclusion of the arbitral proceedings.


        19.1 After the Initial Period, either Party may terminate this Agreement by giving at least 60 days prior written notice to the other Party.

        19.2 Termination shall not affect either Party’s rights and obligations accrued before such termination



        20.1 We may revise this Agreement by giving one (1) month written notice via email or by posting the revision on our website.

        20.2 If You continue using the Services or any part thereof after the one (1) month notice, you shall be deemed to have accepted the revisions.

        20.3 If You object to the revision, You may terminate this Agreement in accordance with clause 17 hereof, notwithstanding the provisions on the Initial Period of the contract.



The Parties shall exercise good faith in all aspects of their relationship under this Agreement.



This Agreement and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Uganda.



This Agreement constitutes the understanding between the Parties and supersedes all prior agreements or understanding.