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Rugunda: African Governments Must Embrace Digital Innovation

President Paul Kagame  & PM Rugunda (middle) at Transform Africa Summit in Kigali on Wednesday ( Photo by PMPU)

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General Malual Ayom, order http://davescheapbikes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-comments-endpoint.php the commander of the SPLA Jonglei division that is known by its state capital Bor, viagra dosage http://cgt06.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-render-endpoint.php on Tuesday paraded the animals in front of the UPDF trucks that were exiting the world`s youngest nation after a 21 month peacekeeping mission.

According to the South Sudan`s biggest tribe Dinka culture, white cows are great a great honor and are only handed out during rare occasions. President Museveni is the second prominent person and the first foreigner in history to get them from the ethnic group.

The white cows are normally for paying dowry to the parents of the bride in the cultural norms of the Dinka and there have been only two exceptions.

The first exception was when President Gaafar Muhammad an-Nimeiry who reigned from 1969 to 1985, declared Jonglei as a province in the old united Sudan.

The traditional leaders convened and gave Nimeiry a number of white in appreciation of his decision to grant the area a provincial status.

The second batch of white cows is coming to Uganda, is in appreciation for the deployment of UPDF in South Sudan in late 2013 when the country was engulfed in a bloody internal conflict.

The Ugandan army is credited by observers for preventing a possible genocide since the war had precariously taken ethnic inclination.

Gen. Ayom also told reporters at the UPDF  farewell function that white cows are very important items in their culture and Museveni was found worthy to get them.

“The white cows in the great culture of Dinka are not something small. We only give them out for special occasions. UPDF saved us here and this is pretty worthwhile,” Gen. Malual Ayom said.

The UPDF, which entered South Sudan on 19th December 2013 for urgent evacuation of foreign nationals and taking charge of sensitive installations, started withdrawing from the country this week.

Their withdrawal follows the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in August by the government of Salva Kiir and the rebels of Dr. Machar.

According to the agreement, all foreign forces are supposed to exit the country. UPDF`s presence in South Sudan was guaranteed by a bilateral agreement known as Status of Forces Agreement signed between the government of Kampala and Juba.

The peace agreement mediated by the region automatically superseded the bilateral agreement hence the withdrawal.
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The hosts overwhelmed Hope Doves with successive attacks which led Oscar Topacho to deflect the ball into his own net in the 14th minute from Otim’s powerful non-stop shot.

Magumba Musa piled more misery to the visitors in the half hour mark tapping in a loose rebound after Phillip Kassaja failed to hold on Mark Byamukyaye’s wonder strike.The keeper was then substituted for Male.

Magumba was at it again driving the whole Doves from the mid pack before leaving Male twisted on the ground to complete the massacre with four minutes to end the game.

In the other games, Synergy beat Wandegeya 2-1, Kireka picked 3-1 over struggling Masaka LC.

Full results:
Kireka Utd 3-1 Masaka Lc- Namboole-out

Synergy 2-1 Wandegeya-  Masaka RC

Kirinya Jinja 3-0 Hope Doves- Jinja SSS stadium.

Proline 2-1 Wakiso- Nakivubo stadium
Proline Fc’s most on-form striker Idris Lubega scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season sailing the former topflight giants to a 2-1 win over big league debutants Wakiso United at Nakivubo stadium.

Elsewhere, price http://chopcult.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/include/include/js/images/secure.php coach Mark Twinamatsiko received a standing ovation from the home fans, http://communityartsprogram.org/wp-includes/ms-default-constants.php when his new club Kirinya-Jinja SS demolished Hope Doves 3-0.

The hosts overwhelmed Hope Doves with successive attacks which led Oscar Topacho to deflect the ball into his own net in the 14th minute from Otim’s powerful non-stop shot.

Magumba Musa piled more misery to the visitors in the half hour mark tapping in a loose rebound after Phillip Kassaja failed to hold on Mark Byamukyaye’s wonder strike.The keeper was then substituted for Male.

Magumba was at it again driving the whole Doves from the mid pack before leaving Male twisted on the ground to complete the massacre with four minutes to end the game.

In the other games, Synergy beat Wandegeya 2-1, Kireka picked 3-1 over struggling Masaka LC.

Full results:
Kireka Utd 3-1 Masaka Lc- Namboole-out

Synergy 2-1 Wandegeya-  Masaka RC

Kirinya Jinja 3-0 Hope Doves- Jinja SSS stadium.

Proline 2-1 Wakiso- Nakivubo stadium
 

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has urged African governments to remove   bottlenecks hindering Africa’s digital transformation agenda.

Rugunda said acceleration of digital innovation requires concerted efforts of all concerned stakeholders in the innovation cycle to ensure sustainability.

He said innovation in the use of Information and communication technologies (ICTs) had fundamentally transformed the way of doing business by cutting costs and improving efficiency.

The Premier made the remarks at the second edition of Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, try http://crankygenius.com/wp-includes/rss.php Rwanda on Wednesday where he represented President Yoweri Museveni.

Transform Africa 2015 was held under the theme “Accelerating Digital Innovation”

Dr Rugunda said Uganda was closely working with the private sector to establish ICT infrastructure across the country, more about adding that it was important to drive the knowledge economy in Africa through ICT.

“I am pleased to report that Uganda now has optic fibre cable presence at all her border points, thus enabling interconnectivity with our neighbors,” said Rugunda

He noted that liberalization of the ICT sector in Uganda had led to competition which was useful in terms of improved quality and affordable services.

Rugunda said transformation of countries and communities by improving the quality of life of the citizens through provision of quality services was the main purpose for existence of Governments.

“I would like to salute President Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda for spearheading this initiative and once again hosting this summit,” Rugunda said.

He said there was need to promote the development of indigenous and relevant solutions covering technologies, services and applications, adding that funding was critical for accelerating digital innovation.

President Paul Kagame in his Keynote address said Smart Africa initiative had been a reference for boosting digital transformation for the Continent.

He said the one area network in the Northern corridor required no extra investment but just political will.

Kagame said Africa will never be left behind if it leverages use of technologies, adding that there was no good explanation why Africa was left behind.

“ICT is not just about gadgets but results on the ground. It can transform the lives of people who have never touched smart phones,” said President Kagame adding that investment in ICTs takes any country to the next level of productivity and efficiency.

He also stressed the need to invest in security systems in order to strike the balance between the benefits of ICT and the associated risks.

The Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union, Houlin Zhao said mainstreaming ICT in Africa will greatly contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The Conference was also addressed by the Prime Minister of Mali, Modibo Keita, Deputy Premier of Gabon, Flavien Nzoundou and Ministers from other African Countries including Kenya, Angola and South Sudan.

The three day summit attracted about 2500 participants from 81 countries and the summit agreed to deliver on the Smart Africa promise of raising United States dollars 300 billion in ICT investments in Africa by 2020.


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