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    Uganda To Be Region’s Top ICT Hub – ICT Minister Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi…

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    Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi (Left) and Managing Director Huawei Uganda Mr. Gao Fei (Right)

    The Minister of ICT and National Guidance and the Managing Director Huawei Uganda, Mr. Gao Fei launched the Huawei ICT Talent Development Report in Kampala on Friday 27th August 2021 at Kampala Serena Hotel.

    Research shows that people and organizations’ ability to access and use ICT services is more likely to drive economic development than ICT education and skills.

    Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi who launched the ICT Talent development report and awarded the most Outstanding lecturer Mr. Olinga Peter John who trained the winners of the Huawei ICT Competition in 2020 both regional and global level.

    He lauded initiatives such as the Huawei ICT Academy, Huawei ICT Competition, and Huawei Seeds for the future among others as helping to make Uganda realize its 2040 vision and 2014 National ICT Policy sooner since through initiatives such as these that involve skilling of young people, Uganda achieve socio-economic Development and be relevant in the new digital era.

    The Minister of ICT and National Guidance said, “ICT is a critical part to Uganda’s socio-economic development and big enabler of job creation, business growth, innovation, export, and efficient public service delivery.”

    Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi awarding Mr. Olinga Peter John the outstanding lecturer in 2020 at the Huawei ICT Academy.

    The ICT minister also revealed that Uganda wants to be the region’s top ICT-enabled country and to realise this digital transformation, young people should have the skills, passion, determination and support to develop and use their ICT skills to drive this country forward.

    He added that Government needs partners in private sector such as Huawei, not only in implementing technology solutions, but more importantly in working together to build the skills in our current and future workforce.

    “The NRM government has put digital upskilling as a top priority and this is witnessed in the Vision 2040. Which is, Uganda shall develop and improve its ICT capacity, building efforts by adopting globally-benchmarked, industry-rated skills assessments, and training and certification standards. These efforts will be coupled with international industry collaboration in testing and certification standards,” he said.

    Huawei has been playing an active role in Uganda’s digital transformation through technological infrastructure and digital upskilling. This has been the case since 2007 when Huawei started its collaboration with the Ministry of ICT when the National Backbone infrastructure project commenced.

    Huawei ICT Development Report 2021 launch was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Rukia Nakaddama Isanga, Minister of Education – higher education Hon. Dr JC Muyingo, and Chinese embassy Representative (the economic and commercial counsellor) Mrs. Jiang Jiqing and the Huawei Southern Africa regional VP Mr. Frank Yang Chen among others.

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    NUP’s Bobi Wine And PFT’s Besigye To Observe Elections In Kenya…

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    L-R: NUP SG Rubongoya, Bobi Wine and Besigye in Kenya

    National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and People’s Front for Transition (PFT) boss Dr. Kizza Besigye have been chosen among the 36 election observers ahead of Kenya’s elections.

    Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe is leading the Brenthurst Foundation’s upcoming election observer mission for the Kenyan national elections which are due to take place on 9th, August.

    Among the delegates selected from Uganda is Dr.Kizza Besigye, Robert Kyagulanyi, NUP General Secretary, Lewis Rubongoya and Ms. Elone Natumanya.

    Hailemariam noted that, “The 36 persons delegation, accredited by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which includes political leaders and policy makers from around Africa, will be in Kenya from 5th-11th August and will be stationed in groups in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Uasin Gishu.”

    He added, “Democratic processes, participatory governance, peace and security on the African continent have come a long way in recent years but have also suffered a number of setbacks.”

    “Our hope is that in Kenya, we see the best democratic processes in action which are consistent with the objectives of Agenda 2036, the Africa we want, which speaks to “an Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law,” he maintained.

    The Brenthrust Foundation’s director, Dr.Greg Mills also contended that the Brenthrust foundation is committed to strengthening economic growth in Africa, in part through identifying and sharing best practice, given the continental correlation between democratic conditions and long-term development performance.

    “We look forward to playing our part in ensuring that kenya’s election election proceeds smoothly, fairly and free from upset.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Government To Rehabilitate And Revamp Railway Networks To Curb High Prices Of Fuel…

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    Government is set to revamp the railway networks across the country to help curb transportation challenges arising from increasing fuel prices.

    The state minister for works and transport, Fred Byamukama confirmed the report following the president’s speech on Friday regarding high fuel prices.

    During the president’s address, he noted Uganda’s real problem currently is fuel and the answer to it is electrical vehicles and the railway.

    Confirming the report, Byamukama said that the government is revamping different railways across the country with a purpose of reducing heavy traffic jam and transport fares.

    “From Kampala to Malaba which is 243km is the only line we have functioning at the moment,” he said.

    Byamukama re-echoed that Museveni reminded the country and gave a directive that he had earlier through the ministry of works and transport embarked on revamping the railway transport in Uganda.

    Byamukama analysed that the one from Malaba to Mukono then to Kampala and the one from Tororo to Gulu is 375 km.

    “Then we have Gulu to Pakwach which is 129km, Kampala to Kasese is 350km and also we have the one from Mukono to Kampala then Kyengera to Portbell which is about 55km.”

    Byamukama also revealed that the ministry is planning to introduce a modern standard gauge railway system in addition to the 1266km metre gauge railway volume with an agenda of improving relationship among the East African member countries.

    “The East African community members agreed, we have seen Kenya and Tanzania doing it and other countries. For us, we are delayed by that connection that Kenya must connect from Naivasha up to Malaba.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    FDC Boss Narrates How Former Kampala Legislator Nabilah Played 3 Top Politicians In 24 Hours…

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    Former Kampala woman MP Nabilah (L) and Kira Municipality MP Semujju Nganda (R)

    Maverick Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson and also Kira Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has revealed how former Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Naggayi Ssempala played 3 top politicians within a period of 24 hours.

    Ssemujju narrated that Nabilah used her beauty very well to capture the three men’s attention to fulfill her goal of winning the 2016 parliamentary seat.

    “I’m telling you Nabilah is a superwoman, she met president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni early in the morning at State House Entebbe, later in the evening she was with John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, who by then was a political enemy to President Museveni, the next morning she was with Dr. Kizza Besigye who was a political enemy to Museveni and Mbabazi by then,” he said.

    He divulged that when Dr. Besigye appointed him to his select team that had to accompany him to Namboole stadium for his nomination as presidential candidate, Nabilah was not in his plans because he was briefed with evidence that she was with Museveni and Mbabazi.

    He was also told that Nabilah was an operative sent by Museveni’s camp.

    Ssemujju revealed that he was very surprised to meet Nabilah seated close to Dr. Besigye the next day.

    He said that he tried to forcefully evict her from sitting near Besigye but he was advised that he was brewing trouble for himself.

    He insisted that most of the politicians in Uganda are like prostitutes without principles to stand on.

    He added that it is the reason why in 2021, Nabilah was with NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and she was fronted to contest against Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

    He narrated that right now, he knows that there are a number of politicians who are fighting tooth and nail to make sure that there is no cooperation between Dr. Besigye and Bobi Wine because they think that that if these two opposition heavyweights cooperate, some MPs will lose their political seats.

    Nabilah was not reached for a comment because she did not pick our phone calls.

    Nabilah recently suprised court when he testified against her husband Isaac Ssempala Ssebagala before the High Court Commercial division over a debt she ate from Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba who wants to take their family house for failing to pay back his money.

    It is alleged Nabilah got the money without the consent of her husband but now wants her husband to pay or surrender the house to Baryamureeba.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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