MPs block move to merge NITA-U with ICT ministry in rationalization axe

Kampala, (UG):- Parliament has voted against a government Bill intended to dissolve the National Information Technology Authority Uganda and move its functions to the Ministry of Information, Communication, Technology and National Guidance.

The NITA-U (Amendment) Bill, 2024, was one of several bills seeking to give effect to the government policy for rationalisation of government agencies and public expenditure adopted by the Cabinet in February 2021.

The government’s rationale for merging agencies is to ensure efficiency, avoid duplication of services and stop wasteful government expenditure.

The House Committee on ICT, which scrutinized the Bill had recommended that the mainstreaming of the Authority be stayed as there was no duplication of mandate between the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance and NITA-U, which demonstrated the money it contributed through the issuance of licenses, permits and commercialization of the national backbone infrastructure.

The Committee noted that NITA-U had collected approximately Shs200 billion over the last 10 years and is projected to collect Shs150 billion over the next five years.

The Deputy Chairperson of the ICT Committee,  Tonny Ayoo, said that whilst the committee supports the rationalization of agencies, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance failed to demonstrate the financial drain caused by the Authority on the consolidated fund.

“The Ministry was tasked with policy or strategic leadership and supervision of the entire Ministry while NITA-U was mandated to regulate and coordinate and regulate ICT services in Uganda in the context of social and economic development,” said Ayoo.

He justified that NITA-U is the only IT business implementing arm of government and maintaining it as an autonomous entity will enable consolidation of all government Information Technology effort.

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“The committee recommends that NITA-U is retained as a semi-autonomous arm of government and the Bill for dissolution of NITA-U be rejected by the whole House,” Ayoo said.

Jane Pacuto (NRM, Pakwach district) supported the Committee’s stand, enumerating revenues contributed by NITA-U, as follows; Shs18 billion in 2019/2020; Shs 21.1 billion in 2020/2021; Shs25.5 billion in 2021/2022; and Shs45.5 billion in 2022/2023.

She added, “NITA-U is projected to collect Shs53 billion in 2023/2024, and Shs75 billion in 2025/2026.”

Bugweri County MP, Hon. Abdu Katuntu faulted the government for not conducting a study on the rationalisation process.

The Minister of State for ICT and National Guidance, Mr Godfrey Baluku and the Minister of Public Service, Hon Wilson Muruli Mukasa fell short of convincing the Members that the Authority should be mainstreamed under their Ministry.

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Hon Muruli then asked for more time to gather all the evidence required to mainstream the agencies.
“We have agreed with the Minister of ICT that we go back and gather all this information and come back. I beg the indulgence of the Speaker,” said Muruli Mukasa.

NITA-U is an autonomous government parastatal under the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance in Uganda, mandated to coordinate, promote and monitor Information and Technology developments in Uganda within the context of National Social and Economic development.

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