Uganda’s ICT Performance Drops; UTL Blamed

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has commended Oxfam for their credible work globally and especially in Uganda to uplift the wellbeing of the people especially the youth, sick cheap women and the elderly.

The Premier said Government was ready to work with them and any other credible civil society organisations (CSOs) contributing to the development of the country.

Dr Rugunda made the remarks while receiving officials from Oxfam who were led by the chief executive Oxfam Ireland, information pills Jim Clarken at the office of the Prime Minister on Thursday.

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organisations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

The Premier said the debate on the NGO bill should continue because the country was focused on passing the legislation which will get rid of quack NGOs which get resources on behalf of the people and yet they do nothing with those resources.

“Well meaning and credible organisations suffer their reputation because of such NGOs and Government suffers because they don’t get the best out of the credible partners, erectile ” Rugunda said.

He also applauded the excellent relationship between Uganda and Ireland adding that the country values the contribution to Uganda over the years especially in the fields of education and health.

Oxfam chief executive, Jim Clarken expressed gratitude to government for the excellent working relationship with Oxfam.


He said Oxfam programmes in Uganda are anchored on promoting resilient livelihoods, governance and accountability and humanitarian response.

Oxfam programmes are currently focused in the greater northern Uganda in the districts of West Nile, Acholi, Lango, Teso and Karamoja.

Also present at the meeting were Niamh Carty, Director of International programmes Oxfam, Ireland and Peter Kamalingin, Country Director, Oxfam Uganda.
Uganda national Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has witnessed the worst performance in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector in the year ending 2014, treat since the liberalization of the Telecom industry in the country.

While revealing the country’s economic performance report of the year ending 2014, pilule UBOS Executive Director, case Chris N. Mukiza told journalists that the poor performance could be attributed mainly to the poor performance of some key actors in the sector including Uganda Telecom (UTL).

“Some actors in the ICT sector like UTL have been performing very poorly since their biggest shareholders who are the Libyans, seemed to have unplugged their input,” he said.

“The good news is that government has promised to look through the privatization of some of its key sectors and take charge,” Mukiza emphasized.

“Government is trying to see how it can increase its stake, manage shareholding so as to reinvest in the company,” Mukiza observed.

It should be noted however that the struggling telecom network has asked for a staggering $65m (Shs200bn) from government to save it from collapsing.

UBOS’s Mukiza further noted the poor performance in ICT could also be attributed to the reduction in mobile phone talk time that resulted in reduced consumption of mobile phone services.

“Previously there was a price war that led to the reduction of talk time and to us it is the measure of growth in telecom. These wars have been minimized by Uganda Communications Communication (UCC) that tightened the issuance of bonus airtime to customers.”

The other sectors that registered poor performance Mukiza said include; professional, technical, scientific and cash crops growing activities.

Most affected under cash crops growing were Coffee and Tobacco, whose production hit significant lows.

Mukiza observed that the sectors that registered strong performance were the food crops growing activities and all activities in the industrial sector.

“Those that performed strongly in services were finance, insurance, administrative and support services as well as public administration and other services.”


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