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A transforming Uganda media landscape with new minister

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016
Hon Frank Tumwebaze Minister of ICT and National Guidance

New Minister of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze, has applauded the transforming landscape of the sector in Uganda and the region.

 Uganda convened a meeting of the ICT Cluster Northern Corridor Integration Projects at the end of October 2016 in Kampala. Countries in the region have come together to speedup various development projects and ICT is one of the Clusters.  

The Meeting was attended by Frank K. Tumwebaze, Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT Kenya, Akol Paul Kordit, Deputy Minister of ICT South Sudan, Ms. Rosemary Mbabazi Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and ICT Rwanda.

“, we have successfully concluded our ICT cluster as Ministers meeting in Kampala, Thank you colleagues” twitted the Minister Frank Tumwebaze.

Following the merger of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the Ministry of Information and National Guidance into one Ministry, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance has a broader mandate.

In July while taking on his new mandate, the Minister pointed out reasons of the merger by the Government. Key among them were mainly to facilitate effective communication of government programmes in all the many communication Platforms (TVs, Radios, Newspapers, Social media, etc.), to rule out duplication of roles among government agencies of communication and to ensure easy coordination of all government communication players.

Ministers at ICT Cluster of Nerthern Corridor Integration Projects Meeting in Kampala

 He highlighted the key issues as: address biased reporting by media houses as it brings about wrong image of the country; monitoring of the media including the Internet; ensuring coherent communication among Government agencies; assembling computers in Uganda; promoting ICT innovation; and attracting and retaining quality human resource in ICT.

The Permanent Secretary of the merged Ministry, Dr. Jimmy Pat Saamanya, gave background to the merger that is set to change the media landscape. This covered areas to make operational the merger between the Ministry of ICT and the Ministry of Information and National Guidance, including the transfer of several agencies to be under the Ministry, such as the Uganda Media Centre, UBC, the New Vision, UCC, NITA-U, Media Council and Broadcasting Council.