Kagame, Rugunda Root for Stronger Commitment to Africa’s Digital Revolution

Dr Batambuze Winston, shop a cardiologist who attended to Brigadier Elly Kayanja in 2013 after he was allegedly poisoned, testified yesterday against the suspect Sekitto Alex Kayanja.

Sekitto, nephew to Brig Kayanja is facing trial at the Buganda road court for the alleged attempted murder on the former Operation Wembley commander.

73 year old Dr Batambuze who works at Kakasero Hospital and Uganda Heart Institute told court presided over by Chief magistrate Flavia Nabakooza that on 23rd January 2013 at around 10.30pm, Brigadier Kayanja was admitted at Nakasero under critical conditions.

“On admission to the intensive care unit, he was complaining of gastric pain, he was sweating excessively, very cold and he had too much saliva flowing out of his mouth with diarrhea,” submitted Dr Batambuze

Upon physical examination, Dr Batambuze revealed that Kayanja’s chest was full of secretions, moderate obesity in abdomen and there was no free food in the abdomen.

“Before discharging the patient to case clinic we found out that he had too much organal phosphate poisoning. Electricity was used in awakening Kayanja’s heart which was not functioning very well,” revealed Dr Batambuze.

Brig Kayanja apparently informed the doctors that the situation worsened after the dinner that contained rice, fish and peanut with his family.

The case was adjourned to 26th November for further hearing.
Rwanda President Paul Kagame has rallied Africa to exploit opportunities brought by technology to stimulate the continent’s economic growth and development, visit Chimp Corps report.


“Africa’s digital revolution should be a revolution in its real sense, not just good words, ” said Kagame on Wednesday morning.

The President said ICT is increasingly making access to world-class education and information affordable to everyone, adding, “Africa can no longer be excluded from globalization.”

Kagame was addressing a high level conference at Kigali Serena Hotel during the Transform Africa Summit.

Under the theme, “Accelerating Digital Innovation”, the three-day summit brings together over 2,500 participants including Heads of State from Smart Africa Member States, Members of UN Broadband Commission on digital Innovation, Top academics, Policy makers and Chief Executive Officers of leading technology companies.

The convention aims at devising new ways to deliver on the Smart Africa promise of raising $ 300 billion in ICT investments in Africa by 2020.

Kagame today emphasised that “Technology is not just about gadgets, but results for citizens,” emphasising, “It can transform the lives of people.”

Praised for providing an enabling atmosphere for the utilization of ICT in Rwanda, Kagame cautioned against taking for granted the existence of technology.

“It doesn’t mean anything will be easy. The existence of technology doesn’t automatically change lives. We can develop our human capital and productivity, using methods that are taken for granted elsewhere,” he advised.

Rugunda speaking at the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday
Rugunda speaking at the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday

Rugunda speaks out

Ugandan Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who is attending the summit said technology can be used to “bridge the skills gap of some our graduates and the demands of the market.”

On the same panel of discussants with Kagame and Rugunda were Mali Premier Modibo Keita and Angolan Minister Jose Carvalho.

Rugunda advised that governments and the private sector should work closely to ensure full access of telephone and internet by citizens.

Emphasising that investment in ICT “produces amazing returns,” Rugunda pointed out that in Uganda, government prioritised private sector partnership and competition to realise affordability and quality of service.”

Rugunda went further to state that Uganda is currently working with her neighbours and partners to address her challenges which include last mile internet connections.


In his conclusive remarks, Kagame said while African countries have the right strategies and plans, technology is first and foremost about people.

“By placing ICT at the core of our transformation agenda, we can make sure that Africa is never again left behind,” said Kagame before reminding the audience that “one Area Network required no investment, just political will.”

Throughout the three days, participants have been sharing experiences and renew their commitment towards accelerating and sustaining Africa’s on-going digital innovation.

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