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14 October 2009

As a repsonse to the reports in the newspapers, members of the I-Network mailing list are developing a petition to ensure that the set up, start up and work of the NITA -U is not compromised.

Background  

The National Information Technology Association, Uganda is a Government body that was setup by an act of parliament to coordinate, promote and monitor IT development within the context of national social and economic development.

Details of what its mandate are available here. The NITA-U Bill, 2008 was assented to on 15th July 2009 and a Statutory Instrument put NITA-U into operation as of 15th August 2009; a Board was also duly approved by Cabinet.

While we in the ICT community were happy with these developments and ready to move and see this institution in action, we got disappointed with the following:

1. Word went out that some members of the board were actually also positioning themselves to do big business with the Ministry of ICT under the NITA-U run projects like the FIbre backbone.

2. One of the board members who happens to be a commissioner in the ICT ministry was recalled by the Minister of ICT under Unclear circumstances.

3. The position of Executive Director which is supposed to have been advertised never was. Instead the board was leaning towards handpicking connected people to fill this portfolio.

We can not continue sitting back and watch as things go hay-wire in such a sensitive Government institution that is so dear to us Ugandans. It is in line with this that we need to sign a petition that shall be communicated to the authorities that be so they can know that we are watching and following their every move.

The Petition 

We the undersigned call upon the Leader of Government business to take up this matter of NITA-U and all the theatrics going on and ensure that for once we get to do things by the book.

We want Uganda to develop but it will not do so if we continue seeing such uncoordinated decision making that is full of self interest and political patronage.

We don't want NITA-U to end up being a White Elephant because the tasks ahead require performers, not politically connected officials. For God and Our Country.

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