The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi has praised Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) leadership for excellent performance as a top government agency.
Baryomunsi while inaugurating what he described as a “high caliber” board for UCC, said his ministry will provide all the support so that they can deliver high quality services to the public.
Baryomunsi who was accompanied by his junior Godfrey Kabbyanga and the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Aminah Zawedde, urged the board to strengthen regulation of the communication and media space.
“The technology enables communication, but we also have individuals who misuse it,” Dr Chris Baryomunsi said, citing abuses and fake news on social media, among others.
The new board comprises of Dr. Dorothy Kabagaju Okello (Chairperson), Dr. Jimmy Saamanya and Enoch Barata. New faces also include Lucy Ntabazi, Edson Ngirabakunzi, Eng. Paul Odoi and Eng. Geoffrey Agoi. The acting UCC Executive Director Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo is also a member by virtue of her position.
Under Section 9 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013, the Commission’s Board must include a person with experience and knowledge in telecommunications, broadcasting or postal communications, who shall also be the chairperson.
The board must also include a representative of professional engineers recommended by the Institute of Professional Engineers. A prominent lawyer who is a member of the Uganda Law Society. A person knowledgeable in the field of economics, financial management and public administration.
A representative of the ministry responsible for information and communications technology. The executive director, a representative of consumers recommended by the Uganda Consumers Association. And one eminent person of good repute and proven integrity representing the public.
The Act further stipulates that a board member shall hold office for three years. They shall thereby eligible for reappointment for only one further term.