Dr. Chris Baryomunsi and Joyce Ssebugwawo have been sworn in as Minister and State Minister for ICT and National Guidance respectively in the 11th Parliament.
The duo that was sworn in at the Kololo independence grounds yesterday as the patrons of the ICT and National Guidance sector for the next five years alongside other Ministers that were sworn in at the beginning of this week.
Both ministers belong to a cohort that was selected by President Museveni to serve for the next five years. The cabinet comprises of 29 Ministers and 50 State Ministers which the two belong too specifically to handle the ICT and National Guidance sector.
After taking oath, the two shall step into office with Honorable Baryomunsi replacing Honorable Judith Nabakooba while Honorable Ssebugwawo shall replace Honorable Peter Ogwang who previously served as State Minister for ICT.
Honorable Judith Nabakooba on the other hand moved on to handle the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development while Honorable Peter Ogwang shall serve as the Minister of State for Economic Monitoring in the office of the President.
Under this Ministry, the duo is expected to work alongside government agencies which include NITA Uganda, NIISP, NIRA, UCC among many others which all aim at the growth, improvement and development of Uganda’s sector.
Among their prime roles are to make internet affordable, completing the last mile connectivity project, supporting startups and innovators, continue integrating government MDAs aimed at easing e-Service delivery, establishing multi-purpose ICT parks as well as establishing ICT Hubs among many others.
In the outgoing cabinet, Honourable Nabakooba was able to accomplish various things such as a 4,000 KMs of fiber optic were cable laid, over 700 government MDAs, local governments got connected to backbone infrastructure.
Additionally, a sum higher than $200 million was attained for commercialization on the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI), while 31 police stations and 9 UPDF sites got connected to NBI.
The public was in a position to attain a free Wi-Fi connection with free internet while the National Broadband Policy 2018 got approval. In the same time period, 17 regulations were developed under Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Act 2013.
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These are just some of the accomplishments of the ICT sector in the last five years. Implying there’s a greater challenge for the incoming minister. While swearing in for the sixth term, President Museveni specifically said the ICT sector is one of the economic sectors and he encouraged Ugandans to join it since it is where jobs and wealth are.