The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi praised the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) leadership for the work they have put in to place the Commission among the top-performing government agencies.
The minister, who was Wednesday inaugurating what he described as a “high caliber” board for the Commission, said his ministry will provide "all the support you need so that you can do your work of providing oversight over UCC.”
The new UCC board was sworn in at the ministry headquarters on Parliament Avenue in Kampala.
Baryomunis, who was accompanied by his junior Godfrey Kabbyanga and the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Aminah Zawedde, urged the Commission to strengthen regulation of the communication and media space.
“The technology enables communication, but we also have individuals who misuse it,” Baryomunsi said, citing abuses and fake news on social media, among others.
The new board is a mixture of re-appointed members such as Dr. Dorothy Kabagaju Okello (Chairperson), Dr. Jimmy Pat Saamanya and Enoch Barata, and new faces such as Lucy Ntabazi, Edson Ngirabakunzi, Eng. Paul Odoi and Eng. Geoffrey Agoi.
The acting UCC Executive Director Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo is a member by virtue of her position.
Under Section 9 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013, the Commission’s Board must include a person with experience and knowledge in telecommunications, broadcasting or postal communications, who shall also be the chairperson.
The board must also include a representative of professional engineers recommended by the Institute of Professional Engineers, a prominent lawyer who is a member of the Uganda Law Society, a person knowledgeable in the field of economics, financial management and public administration; a representative of the ministry responsible for information and communications technology; the executive director, a representative of consumers recommended by the Uganda Consumers Association, and one eminent person of good repute and proven integrity representing the public.
The Act further stipulates that a board member shall hold office for three years and shall be eligible for reappointment for only one further term.