Last week, former ICT Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda was appointed Uganda’s new Prime Minister. This was revealed in a letter by President Yoweri Museveni to Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga.
Dr. Rugunda is a member of the ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) and, as Minister of Information Communications Technology (ICT), officiated its launch on May 16th, 2013 where he was officially designated its first member. He remains a committed and supportive member to this day and we are delighted by his appointment.
Simon Kaheru, the ICT Association of Uganda’s Chairman said, “Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda is a fitting choice for the position of Prime Minister and the responsibilities that come with that office. Over the years he has proven himself to be capable, efficient and effective in many spheres – and we benefitted from these qualities as an association and a sector when he was Minister in charge of ICT. The creation and launch of the ICT Association of Uganda was made much easier and more impactful by his personal involvement and encouragement! We can be sure that government business will be conducted extremely successfully with him at the helm.”
Dr. Rugunda had previously stressed the need for a strong public-private partnership in order to foster the growth of ICT in Uganda. “The ICT Association of Uganda is welcome to support the efforts of NITA-U and the government in general in developing the ICT sector and eliciting benefits from the sector to Ugandans of all walks of life,” he said during the association’s launch.
“This could be realized through the active participation by the association in policy issues that the government may wish to consult on – thus providing advisory services that will ensure that our people and the private sector interests are catered for in government planning and implementation,” he added.
Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda is one of the longest serving ministers in the NRM government.