Kenyatta Launches ‘HIV Situation Room’ App to Fight AIDS

The Vice Chancellor Uganda Pentecostal University (UPU) in Fort Portal, page ed Prof. John Ntambirweki has described as “contemptuous” and “wild dreams” claims by a section of the campus board members that they had sacked him.

On Monday, buy UPU board members announced Ntambirweki’s alleged termination contained in a letter dated September2, 2015.

It was signed by Nester Byamugisha, the Vice Chairperson Board of Governors, UPU.

He was accused of lack of respect for the board and other organs and staff members of the University; insubordination and usurping the powers of other organs of the university.

In a new twist of events, Prof. Ntambirweki, a celebrated legal brain, has spoken described the board members as “grabbers” targeting to rob an institution he built from scratch.

In a press conference held in the UPU Board room at Mucwa campus on Wednesday, Prof. Ntambirweki maintained that he is still the Vice Chancellor UPU adding that the Board of directors has no legal powers to sack him.

“I am the founder of the University and I am very rich,” he told journalists.

“I have invested plenty of my resources and energy to make this campus what it is today.”

He said some members of the board who are alleging to have sacked him are his employees and wonders how workers can sack their boss.

“These people are grabbers and thugs,” the law don blasted his rivals.

Ntambirweki also vowed to drag the board to court for tarnishing his name and image of the institution.

Uganda Pentecostal University, a private university founded by Ntambirweki and his colleagues was accredited by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (UNCHE), in 2005.

John Ntambirweki is a former Senior Lecturer of Makerere University. He is also a former Head of Department of Law, Uganda Christian University.

He is also a Consultant at the law firm of Ntambirweki Kandeebe & Company Advocates, based in Kampala.
President Kenyatta has launched an a digital application that makes it easy for the Government to monitor and manage HIV/Aids in Kenya.

The HIV Situation Room, information pills as the application is called, is an intelligent system that draws data from several independent sub-systems including the public sector Maisha reporting system, as well as Counties and health facilities, and presents a national picture in simple graphics for the President and policy makers.

By a click of a button, the application, which is compatible with telephones and tablets, can tell you how many people are infected with HIV/Aids in a certain town, how many are on medication and what amount of medicine is available at the local health facility.

The application will also provide the latest data on maternal and child health situation.

The information will be used by the President and policy makers to make prompt decisions and track changes.

President Kenyatta said there are plans for Counties to have their specific situation rooms that provide one-stop shops for each County to track its progress, plan and allocate resources.

“The system has capacity for infinite expansion hence provides a platform for continuous improvement in the use of technology for development,” the President said.

The President said the use of ICT is a priority for the Government as reflected in Kenya’s data revolution conference hosted by Deputy President William Ruto two weeks ago, where different sectors explored how ICT can revolutionize data use.

The development of the platform follows a directive by the President in February that he wants to be kept abreast of the HIV, reproductive, maternal and child health situation in Kenya on a regular basis.

“I am pleased that an Internet based dashboard, the Kenya HIV situation room, has now been availed at my office is.  I am very delighted to launch it today,” said the President.

President Kenyatta unveiled the HIV Situation Room on Thursday at a function at KICC as he launched a new roadmap to end HIV/Aids infection among young people.

War on HIV

The new initiative is called Kenya’s Fast Plan to End HIV and AIDS in Adolescent and Young People.

The President said even though tremendous progress has been made in reducing HIV, the young people have been left behind.

“Whereas, we had reached over 80% of adults in need of Anti-Retroviral Therapy, we had only reached less than half of our young people.  I made it very clear at the time (in February) that this was not acceptable anywhere in Africa,” said the President.

The Head of State said Kenya’s youth bulge should be harnessed to provide benefits for the nations and that was why it was important to put in place policies that benefit them.

“Shared prosperity will only be achieved, when we have shared responsibility.  I am committed to the future of our young people and I will lead by example,” said the President.

Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe were among officials who spoke at the event.

UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas, and US Ambassador Robert Codec also spoke at the function.


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