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Lawyer Alexander Kibandama to head new NITA-U Board

ICT Minister Chris Baryomunsi (left) congratulates Alexander Kibandama, Chairperson Board of Directors, NITA-U. (Photo/via @NITAUganda1)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Minister of ICT & National Guidance, Hon. Chris Baryomunsi, has appointed City lawyer Alexander Kibandama as the new Chairperson Board of Directors at the National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U).

Mr Kibandama, a legal expert and advocate of the High Court with a wealth of experience in ICT and Digital transformation will now oversee the operations of NITA-U Board with immediate effect.

The new NITA-U Board was inaugurated on Friday after taking their commission of oaths administered by Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court Registrar, Pamella Lamunu Ocaya at the Authority’s head office in Kampala.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the Hon. Minister of ICT & National Guidance, Hon. Chris Baryomunsi, for entrusting us with the role of guiding policy and strategies at NITA-U aimed at transforming our society,” Mr Kibandama said in his remarks after taking the oath.

He added; “I have followed a number of achievements by NITA-U, like the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI), the MDA internet extension project, the recent price reduction, and many more. I look forward to providing leadership and support for these initiatives that are key to transforming service delivery in the country.

Alexander Kibandama, the newly appointed Chairperson Board of Directors, NITA-U taking oath.

The Minister for ICT, Hon. Chris Baryomunsi in his remarks said, “Today, Digitization and technology remain central to the transformation of this country, which is why NITA-U was established in 2009 as the lead agency on that frontline, and in my view, NITA-U has performed very well.”

” As the new board, you have a lot of work to do in spearheading the Digital Transformation drive, and you have our support,” the minister added.

The NITA-U executive director, Dr. Hatwib Mugasa, welcomed the new board. “As NITA-U, we are glad to have a diverse Board to steer the ship. I thank the Ministry of ICT & NG for the leadership provided at a time when we had no Board.”

“We look forward to tapping into your experience as we work to digitize the nation,” added Dr Mugasha.

The new NITA-U Board is headed by Alexander Libandama, with other members as; Theodora Mondo, Michael Ochelo, Julius Otai, Annabella Basaza, and Jacky Ochola Aneno. Others include former Mityana District woman Member of Parliament Sylvia Namabidde and Hatwib Mugasa the current executive director of the authority.

The development ends 10 months of operating without a board which was reportedly affecting some operational lines of the agency as the board had no legal clothing to carry out some tasks.

According to the NITA-U Act 2009 Section 11, the board shall formulate policy guidelines for the authority, monitor the implementation of plans and programs of the authority, and approve annual budgets for the authority.

It shall also appoint staff and determine the structure and staffing levels, and determine the terms of terms of service of the authority.

The board is also responsible for establishing rules and procedures for the appointment, career development and disciplining of the staff as well as the management of the finances of the authority and procurement and disposal and assets of the authority.

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