UCC to Recognize IT Innovators at ACIA Awards 2016

Maurice Kirya entertaining revelers at a previous ACIA Awards Ceremony

By Zadock Amanyisa

Former Minister of Ethics and Integrity Hon Miria Matembe has asked women in Sheema district to stop dancing for President Yoweri Museveni saying that they have danced for 30 years and no significant improvement on their loves has been registered.

Matembe said that Museveni and his government came preaching women emancipation which they have failed to implement, rx considering that women are still largely left out in politics.

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The former Mbarara Woman MP made the remarks on Wednesday while facilitating at a two-days training for Sheema district women candidates held at Kyalimanya Resort gardens in Kabwohe-Itendero town council.

“We are not yet where we would have wanted to be, troche even when NRM has introduced the affirmative action principle. We have seen very few women contest in the mainstream elections, purchase yet wherever he [Museveni] goes you see women dancing. Dance for what?”

“Where are we, must be our question now,” she added.

Matembe maintained that women are still marginalized in society and Uganda has not yet appreciated the need for women’s active participation politics, adding that in countries where women have been allowed to participate in politics have developed because women are caring and more concerned about the welfare of the human race.

She attributed the abuse of women’s rights to lack of democracy since Museveni had worked hard to frustrate the opposition side, giving him as little resistance as possible.

“President Museveni has for the whole of his regime lacked a strong opposition side, something that has failed democracy in Uganda. All these Members of parliament both from the ruling party and opposition have not been helpful as far as developing Uganda is concerned,” she said.

She urged women to cease looking at Museveni as the only person who can lead Uganda, noting that there can be a transition of leadership with having to resort to armed struggle.

The training was organized by Center for Women in Governance [CEWIGO] and partner organizations with the aim of boosting participation of women in politics around the country.

More than 100 women from different political parties participated in the training and were equipped with skills in campaigning, public speaking, fund raising, understanding women legal rights and importance of women in politics among others.

Uganda Communications Commission has announced that submissions are open for the ACIA 2016 awards, ampoule an annual initiative that fosters innovation through the recognition and reward of outstanding ICT innovations.

The deadline for the submissions is April 1, click 2016.

The 2016 awards will have a special award category which promotes e-government. ACIA will award the Government Ministry, web Department or Agency (MDA) with the best use of ICT in providing government services to the public as voted by the public.

According to UCC, ACIA provides a platform upon which outstanding ICT innovations can be showcased and propelled to further success.

The Uganda Communications Commission recognized that Uganda was at the precipice of technological change and in 2010 introduced the ACIA Awards.

Since its establishment, various innovations have been recognized and awarded in different ways.

ACIA 2016 will mark the 6th round of the awards.

UCC Executive Director, Geoffrey Mutabazi says by recognizing innovation, the ACIA Awards will foster greater local involvement in the development and provision of innovative products, services and content in Uganda.

The Commission aspires to create a linkage between innovation and national development by encouraging innovators to harness ICTs in creating solutions to Uganda’s development challenges

The awards are aimed at encouraging individuals, academia, industry, government agencies and other entities to harness ICTs in creating solutions to Uganda’s development challenges

They also aim at inspiring, nurturing and facilitating Ugandan youth to develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by leveraging ICT.

The 2016 awards will feature award categories namely; Youth ICT Innovations, Business excellence, ICT for development, Digital content, and the 2016 special award.

The Young ICT Innovators category targets the youth and has 3 subcategories in which they can participate. The Primary and Secondary School students will compete first at a regional level and winners at this stage will advance to compete nationally.

Business Excellence award will recognize the most innovative locally developed ICT solution aimed at improving the performance of an organization (small, medium or large) in terms of efficiency, effectiveness or both.

ICT for Development award will recognize the best ICT solution that has been developed to address any of Uganda’s challenges in Education, Health, Agriculture, Environment sustainability, Government services, ICTs for the disadvantaged, and the advancement of women.

Digital Content award will recognize the most innovative approaches in the compilation of local text, images – including video, or sound into a program, application or product that enhances the value and use of communication platforms in Uganda.


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