NITA-Uganda to Introduce ICT Program for Persons with Disabilities

Police has issued strict guidelines to be followed by beaches operating along Entebbe High Way following the death of 13 people who drown in Lake Victoria during Christmas, what is ed before being reopened for the New Year’s celebrations.

The beaches that were affected which include; Aero beach, price Sports Beach, pharmacy Lido beach and Spinnah beach are currently condoned off by police as crime scenes.

Meetings have been taking place including one between the management of the beaches, the Entebbe mayor, Police CIID and Entebbe Municipal Council to determine whether they can be opened for operation or not.

While addressing the media at the Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala, the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga revealed that security has set several short term and long term conditions that must be fulfilled before the beaches are permitted to operate again. .

“Information reveals that the security measures at the said places were a bit lacking; we have set short term guidelines and whoever can comply with them before 31st December, shall be allowed to operate during the New Year celebrations,” Enanga said.

These guidelines include among others; setting up clear demarcation between the beaches.

“We found out that there was no clear boundary between these beaches and to any good swimmer, it would be easier to switch from one beach to another.”

“These managements must ensure clear registration of swimmers; limit the number of people entering water and restrict the time that all swimming activities must stop which is 6:30pm.”


“Managements must ensure strict measures to curb indiscipline in the waters which among others include; drunk swimming, assaulting people in the waters as well as fighting.”

“Those that shall comply with these guidelines shall be allowed to open up for business during the New Year celebrations.”

Enanga revealed that so far one body among the 13 that were taken to Mulago City Mortuary is still at the mortuary unidentified.
The first leg of the Azam Uganda premier league ended on Tuesday evening with KCCA FC sitting on the summit of the log and Maroons fc hanging in balance rock bottom of the table.

The league leaders have struggled to maintain balance going four matches without a win scoring only two goals in the 3-2 loss against URA.

The blunt striking force led by Nelson Ssenkatuka failed to convert chances against Soana on the last day allowing second placed Vipers SC to cut the gap to only one point after a 1-3 win over Simba.

Police Fc were dislodged from the second spot after failing to pick three points from SC Villa. The two played to a barren draw at Nakivubo stadium.

The most interesting part was in Lugazi, more about where URA FC ‘taxed’ Lweza fc heavily with a 4-0 thumping. Fred Okot diverted the ball in his own net for the opening goal early in the game before Frank Kalanda and a magical solo effort by Saidi Kyeyune closed the first half.

2014/15 league top scorer Robert Ssentongo continued with his lethal form ending the first leg in firm position to retain his golden boot.

URA’s fortunes have turned tenfold from struggling in the bottom of the table with former coach Basena to end first leg on forth place with as many points adrift of leaders KCCA FC.

In the other match, sildenafil Maroons’ Musa Ssali scored the fastest goal of the season in their game against SC Victoria within the first minute. However, the goal didn’t leave to deliver maximum points and was countered by Nicholas Kagaba’s late strike.

Matchday 15 results
BUL FC 0–1 Bright Stars FC

SC VU 1–1 Maroons

Simba FC 1–3 Vipers SC

Soana FC 0–0 KCCA FC

URA FC 4–0 Lweza FC

SC Villa 0–0 Police

Express FC 1–0 JMC Hippos

Sadolin Paints 1–0  Saints
National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), drugs in collaboration with UNESCO and UNICEF are set to implement a program on the use of Assistive Technologies to ensure inclusive education and the Access to information for people with disabilities in Uganda.

The program seeks to establish an enabling environment and increase institutional capacities for greater access to quality and accessible information and communications technologies, inclusive technologies and inclusive educational services for persons with disabilities.

Speaking at a Stakeholder Meeting to provide input to the draft policy, the Director for Research and Development – NITA, Dr.Fredrick Kitoogo re-emphasized Government’s commitment to ensuring full and unrestricted access to authorized information and participation in education, business and society by persons with disability or impairment through the use of information technology that is universally accessible.

In today’s increasingly digital and Information era, news, email, social interactions, shopping, and entertainment are available in an instant across the world.

Communications are becoming primarily ICT based and traditional canons of knowledge are becoming redundant.

However, today’s digital society excludes a significant portion of the population because electronic resources are not accessible equally by everyone.

Persons with disabilities, aged or illiterate people face many barriers when trying to access data or information online according to NITA.

Often, due to the way information has been created or stored or presented on websites, it cannot be read or comprehended by persons using assistive technologies such as screen readers or digital players.

While ICT can significantly improve the lives of people with disabilities, technology by itself will not be of much use if resources are not in a format that can be accessed using technologies.

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