Uganda has been elected to sit on the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
This followed intense lobbying by the Ugandan delegation led by ICT Minister Hon Frank Tumwebaze.
Other high profile officials who held meetings with various officials at the ITU Assembly in Dubai to secure the coveted seat include Uganda’s envoy to United Nations Amb Adonia Ayebare and UCC Executive Director Eng Godfrey Mutabazi.
“I am very elated by the election of Uganda to Council of ITU,” said Tumwebaze who camped in Dubai, UAE for over a week.
“Out of 177 votes, Uganda got 114 votes to be elected to governing council. I thank the member countries of ITU for their support,” he emphasized.
“Together, we shall continue to work for a connected world.”
Only 13 African countries were elected from Africa and Uganda was the 9th tying with Nigeria.
Speaking to ChimpReports, Tumwebaze explained: “We had two candidatures. One was for Uganda as a country to the governing council and which is the most important.”
“The second was the individual person candidate of Simon Bugaba to the Radio Regulation Board. They wanted only 3 board members and Simon was the 4th out of 5 contenders,” he added.
“Getting elected on the governing council of ITU is key because it’s the policy making organ.”
The position will enable Uganda influence high level decisions on ICT while ensuring that its regional and national interests are taken care of.
President Museveni congratulated the “Ugandan team upon election to the ITU governing council.”