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31 August 2009 

Dear all,
My attention is drawn to the new board members of NITA (the National IT Authority) appointment this month to steer the country's ICT sector.
My worry is that the board is full of politician who have no background on issues of IT.
The question is however what criteria was used to select or nominate the board?
Need your advice netters and probably the ICT parliamentary committee should look into this.

Contributions received:

"Please post the list of the board members. On my part though, I think the key personnel will be the Executive Director and a couple of top technocrats (I wish we had access to the setup of the institution). The board usually offers oversight and guidance on broader issues and the technocrats do deal with the details. That is why we don't need people like those that failed to manage a simple fibre project of under 200km to infiltrate this body. They will simply propagate their incompetence and we shall achieve nothing at the end of the day.

"The criteria for appointing a board is normally included or alluded to in the law establishing the authority. You need to look up the NITA Act.""

"The members of the board include:
1. Ms. Betty Oyella Bigombe Chairperson
2. Prof. Patrick James Mangheni Member
3. Ms. Betty Kasimbazi Member
4. Mr. Kenneth Lubega Member
5. Mr. Kin Kaliisa Ibrahim Member
6. Mr. Ambrose Ruyooka Member
7. Executive Director Secretary to the Board (yet to be appointed)

You can find a story on this on the Ministry website


The NITA bill (or ACT now) is also available on the parliament website http://www.parliament.go.ug/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=118"

"This is a fair list, I doubt Fred’s intentions – is it really true that the board is full of politicians? Look at this list

Betty Bigombe - boss
Also appointed to the board include:-
Prof. Patrick James Mangheni,
Betty Kasimbazi of the Ministry of Finance,
Keneth Lubega a private sector representative,
Mr. Kin Ibrahim Kaliisa the Presidential assistant on ICT,
Mr. Ambrose Ruyooka the Commissioner for IT at the Ministry of ICT."

"I don't want to question people's motive in knowing the calibre of people to protect public interest in govt agencies.

My problem is that some of those are holding public office and have a strong hand in the mess that we have on the fibre optic backbone for instance through their private companies and their proxies.

I must add that having vested private interest in a company that does business with a government you serve in various capacities constitutes a conflict of interest. Reason many government projects are riddled with corruption.

Yes, I know for a fact that some of those members are heavily engaged in private dealings with government while holding public office.

Investigate the companies that were involved in the National Fibre optic backbone,CHOGM ICT projects and some of those individuals will appear as shareholders in those private companies.

That for me smells like bad egg."

"Personally am waiting to see how this board is going perform. My major problem is not who is on it!"


"Is there anyone on that board that has any affiliation or shown interest in Free and Open Source Software?"

From my side, no malice afore…
I do not know much, but one should give that team some time to prove themselves. And remember this is just the board.

Now let’s wait for the real implementation team - The staff of NITA, again there is where you can raise your finger and point out the good, the worst and better before you

get the NSSF-style results, and get me right – I do not mean to say it will be so.

As England’s Queen Elizabeth said on April 12, 2006: “Let us not take ourselves too seriously. No one has a monopoly over wisdom.”

I personally would like to congratulate all those that have been appointed. One thing though that they should remember is that being public servants, they will always be under the watchful eye of civil society. So, any mistakes will not go unpunished especially in the court of public opinion. I sincerely await to see who the ED will be.

"as regards the new board apppointed recently in the internet governance of Uganda, allow me say that after all the mess & blunders we have seen and witnesssed in the ICT

sector of Uganda, i humbly ask the ICT ministry to come clean on this or lets seek audience with the higher authority for clearity.
At this point anyone with Hon. Aggrey Awori or Hon. Nsambu,s email should help forward it to me so i officially write to them seeking a meeting of we inetters and them, otherwise we are headed for harder times in Ugandas ICT sector yet with the developments in Fibre Optic reaching East Africa, this is the time we would have heard better and easier times."

"Godfrey i have the ICT ministry PRO's email who should have these people's contacts. Here are his contacts: David Geoffrey< This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >,

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Contributions received with thanks from:

- Kiapi Frederick
- Douglas A. Musunga
- Reinier Battenberg
- Davis Weddi
- Rachael Kadama
- Charles Batambuze
- Shaka Robert
- Esther Nakkazi
- Godfrey Ssali

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More information on NITA-U

The National Information Technology Authority came into being on August 15th 2009 after the NITA bill was signed into law by the president of Uganda. The authority is

governed by the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda Act, 2008, which provides for the establishment of the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda

and provides for its objects, functions, composition, management and finances; and other related matters.

The objects of the Authority are-
(a) to provide high quality information technology services to Government;
(b) to promote standardisation in the planning, acquisition, implementation, delivery, support and maintenance of information technology equipment and services, to ensure uniformity in quality, adequacy and reliability of information technology usage in Government and throughout Uganda;
(c) to provide guidance and other assistance as may be required to other users and providers of information technology;
(d) to promote cooperation, coordination and rationalisation among users and providers of information technology at national and local level so as to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure optimal utilisation of scarce resources; and
(e) to promote and be the focal point of co-operation for information technology users and providers at regional and international levels.

The functions of the Authority are-
(a) to provide first level technical support and advice for critical Government information technology systems including managing the utilisation of the resources and infrastructure for centralised data centre facilities for large systems through the provision of specialised technical skills;
(b) to identify and advise Government on all matters of information technology development, utilisation and deployment including networking, systems development, information technology security, training and support;
(c) to co-ordinate, supervise and monitor the information technology of the sectors specified in Schedule 2;
(d) to set, monitor and regulate standards for information technology planning, acquisition, implementation, delivery, support, organisation, sustenance, risk management, data protection, security and contingency planning;
( e) to regulate the electronic signature infrastructure and other related matters as used in electronic transactions in Uganda;
(f) to promote and provide technical guidance for the establishment of e•Govemmel1t and e-:Commerce in Uganda;
(g) in liaison with other relevant institutions, to regulate the information technology profession in Uganda in order to ensure its effective promotion and development;
(h) to act as an authentication center for information technology training in Uganda; ,
(i) to provide advice on information technology project management services to Government;
(j) to provide an information management service- through acting as a records management facility and an information depository;
(k) to provide guidance on the establishment of an infrastructure for information sharing by Government and related stakeholders;
(l) to provide guidance in information technology audit services to Government;
(m) to undertake and commission research as may be necessary to promote the objects of the Authority;
(n) to arbitrate disputes arising between suppliers of information technology solutions and consumers; .
(o) to undertake any other activity necessary for the implementation of the. objects of the Authority,

Other countries which have set up similar insitiutions include:
1. Rwanda - Rwanda Development Board / Rwanda Information Technology Authority - http://www.rita.gov.rw
2. Kenya - Kenya ICT Board - http://www.ict.go.ke


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