Museveni to Cabinet: Assemble Computers from Uganda

President Museveni has urged Cabinet ministers to be serious on service delivery

President Museveni has urged the new cabinet to develop a robust Information and Communications sector with the view of putting in place modern technology systems and computer assembly stations, sildenafil Chimp Corps report.

Museveni made the remarks at the second session of the inaugural cabinet that continued Thursday at State House Entebbe.

Information and Communications Minister Frank Tumwebaze said in a statement that, “In the medium term, the President wants the Ministry of ICT to start and build a strong department of electronics that will ensure assembling of computers among other electronics.”

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He added: “Also of priority under the ICT, the president stressed the need for developing technical capacity in the field of electronics to do intelligent monitoring both by modern IT systems and knowledgeable Electronic engineers whose skill and capacity he directs the ministry of ICT to build.”

Observers say the president appears more serious in getting rid of lethargy in government institutions that has for long affected service delivery

Until recently, Cabinet sessions were always presided over by the Vice President or Prime Minister.

That the president is now emphasising priority areas that need urgent attention and following up on implementation, underscores his realisation that structural inefficiencies have for long cost him political support.

The developments come against the backdrop of one of the most heated elections that threatened his hold on power.


During yesterday’s cabinet session, the President called for an improvement in government communication.

Tumwebaze said Museveni wants to see a “responsible and disciplined media reporting that is not injurious to the image of Uganda” and tasked government agencies to always communicate timely and factually about government work thus the reason he merged the communication agencies into one ministry for easy coordination

Museveni further expressed the need to support the judiciary with all the human and financial resources so as to improve the justice system and the fight against crime.

He also discussed the issue of urban physical planning; stressing that organized urban planning is not only good for the environment, tourism but a great enabler for job creation through organized urban trade.

Cabinet after a comprehensive discussion also added on the list of priorities the need to support the water sector so as to enable the widening of safe water coverage and intensification of resource mobilization as a strategy for fulfilling all the agreed upon priorities.

The president however, noted that all these priorities notwithstanding, the order of priorities among priorities which must always have the first call on the budget resources remain; defense and security; electricity generation and distribution; tarmacking of the already identified roads in the NRM manifesto 2016-2021; cand oncluding all the remaining funding modalities for the standard gauge railway project to start.

Others are; acquisition of Japanese road equipments for districts to routinely maintain the feeder roads using force on account model that is far cheaper compared to competitive contracting; and support to operation wealth creation( Naads) so as to scale up the supply of inputs to farmers with special attention to the 68 percent  homesteads that still operate outside the money economy because of being subsistence producers.

Museveni further called for support and financing of industrial parks in the already identified 22 zones; continued investment in education and health programs and financing of the science innovation, youth and women funds.


Tumwebaze observed that the president allowed members of cabinet some good amount of time to react to and discuss exhaustively his address and list of priorities including the additional ones.

“They were finally adopted as the priorities that will guide the 5 year development agenda since they also fall within the national development plan (NDP) and national vision 2040,” said the Minister.

It was finally agreed that the President will be meeting periodically different ministry teams (Minister and top ministry officials) to hear from each of them about their sectoral strategies and measure progress of their ministerial program implementation by looking at specific deliverables and indicators.

“The tone is for efficient and effective public service delivery following the principles of allocative and operative efficiency; that is, by using the available resources for the right priorities and doing so efficiently,” said Tumwebaze.


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