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Museveni advisor on ICT to head NITA-Uganda board

Mr. John Musinguzi, the presidential adviser on ICT and investment matters has has been approved to head NITA-U board. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA — A cabinet meeting sitting on Monday August 26 at presidents office in Nakasero approved the appointment of new Board members of the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U).

The seven-member board shall be chaired by John Musinguzi, the former head of the finance and audit department in the Special Revenue Protection Services.

Mr. Musinguzi holds a Master’s degree in Computing and Information systems of University of Greenwich and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics of Makerere University.

He is the Senior Presidential Advisor on ICT and Investment.

Other members are Prof. Annabella Habinka Basaza Ejiri, Albert Richards Otete, Julius Peter Torach, Dr Amina Zawedde, Hon. James Kabajo Kyewalabye, James Saaka the current Executive Director of NITA-U.

Three of the members were part of the previous board appointed in 2016.

The new Board of Directors was announced on Tuesday August 27 at the Uganda Media Centre following the weekly Cabinet of Ministers meeting.

NITA-U says all the members were identified under a rigorous multi-
sectoral engagement with key stakeholders.

Commenting on the development, NITA-U’s Executive Director, James Saaka, the agency is pleased to welcome the new board members led by Mr. Musinguzi.

“They join NITA-U at an exciting time as we continue to drive our nationwide effort to digitalize our nation and build deeper relationships with Ministries, Departments & Agencies, Local Governments and Ugandan citizens as fulfill our purpose of enabling lifestyles through the use of ICT.”

He said that NITA-U is confident the new board will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our strategy and enhance the lives of Uganda citizens.

According to the NITA-U Act, the board shall serve three-year tenure renewable for another term.

The board is established under the NITA-U Act, 2009. Among its functions is to formulate policy guidelines for the Authority, monitor the implementation of the plans and programmes of the Authority, approve the annual budget and action plan of the Authority and appoint the staff of the Authority.

The board is also tasked with determining the structure and staffing levels of the Authority and the terms of service of the staff of the Authority, establish rules and procedures for the NITA-U Act, the appointment, career development and disciplining of staff among other functions.

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