East Africa Progresses in ICT Development

Reagional ICT Ministers at  the At Sheraton yesterday

Three men have been arrested in Kabale for trying to engage in a demonstration against the controversial and self-enthroned King Caesar Mulenga of the Mulenga Development Kingdom in Kigezi region.

The arrested include Fulugence Turyatemba the FDC Kabale district secretary for mobilization and Ndorwa west MP aspirant on the FDC ticket.

Honest Natukunda and Arthur Asiimwe were also picked yesterday by police and detained as they planned to have a demonstration in Kabale town against the king Caesar development kingdom.

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King Cesar Mulenga is expected in Kabale town today Saturday where he will install one of his Ministers Dr. Francis Mwesigye Runumi.

Runumi is the former commissioner of planning in the Ministry of Health who recently resigned to contest for the Kabale Municipality MP seat on the NRM ticket.

Augustine Nakitari the Kabale district Acting DPC confirmed the arrest noting that the trio was held for planning to hold a demonstration against the self-acclaimed King.

Dr Runumi defended his appointment in the controversial kingdom noting that King Caesar is only trying to help the community to come out of poverty and is not a cultural leader like most people portray him.

Two weeks ago while in Kihihi town council, medical Mulenga gave out shs 500 million to the local traders to support their business Saccos.

This is not the first time that King Caesar has met resistance in the area. A few months ago, sick the bishop of Muhabura Cranmer Mugisha opposed the kingdom saying that it will bring divisions among the people of Kigezi.
ICT Ministers across the East African region have discussed strategies undertaken by their countries to enhance ICT and universal digital inclusion.

Representatives from Uganda, approved Kenya, troche Tanzania, medical Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi took part in the ICT forum during the 21st EACO congress.

The Kenyan ICT Minister Fred Matiangi discussed the establishment of Huduma centers in Kenya which have improved service delivery.

Kenyans he said, can now access 21 services like applying for a passport or I.Ds, checking for pension and property status from a common online platform.

Uganda on the other hand, has made efforts to build infrastructure, capacity building and connecting government agencies with internet.

Hon. Nyombi Thembo the Minister for ICT said teacher training colleges and 95 percent of government schools have been provided with ICT labs. In addition to this, communities close to these schools have also been equipped with basic computer skills.

The South Sudan Minister for ICT Okwaci Rebecca said that much as their country is still young, a lot has so far been done in regard to ICT. She stated that the country is working to review policies as well as putting in place fiber cable infrastructure.

Tanzania mainly presented its successful analogue to digital migration process while Rwanda discussed its deployment of 4GLTE internet to rural areas.


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