BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
ARUA: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2021
The government is making preparations to digitize parishes throughout the country to implement the parish development model.
Godfrey Kabiarugaba Baluku, the state minister for Information and Communication Technology, in-charge of National Guidance said every parish chief will under the arrangement have a computer for information processing and management since the parish development model is expected to be a scientific and data driven programme.
“Therefore ensure that the committees at the parishes are people of integrity,” he appealed.
He made the disclosure during an address to members of Arua district council and representatives from Arua City Council on Friday.
This was during the closure of two days training organized by the department of National Guidance on the role of civic education in nation building and democratic governance.
Baluku advised the councilors to rise above political party differences in order to give services to the people as he appealed for harmonious working relation between the political and technical wings.
He also advised the district chairman and the Mayor to utilize caucuses in order to achieve cohesion within their respective councils.
Baluku told the councilors that service delivery is the firth characteristic of the government that President Yoweri Museveni wants for this current term.
The others, he added, are cohesion between the executive and the legislature while maintaining their separation and independence, no corruption, patriotism and economic integration.
During the deliberations, the councilors from Arua district reported that most of them are computer illiterate and therefore requested the ICT ministry for urgent training and provision of equipment such as I-pads and smart phones.
Baluku said they are aware that overall only about five million Ugandans use smart phones out of the 20 million people using mobile phones.
He however said the governments focus is to improve the internet and telephone infrastructure without which you cannot drive ICT.
He ruled out government giving smart phones to the councilors for now saying that would be financially untenable.
Instead, Baluku said the government’s strategy is to make smart phones available and cheaper by bringing investors who can manufacture or assemble the phones in Uganda.
Outgoing Arua Resident District commissioner, Festus Ayikobua, challenged the councilors to make a difference from their counterparts in other places who have not received this kind of training.
Earlier in the week, the Department of National Guidance conducted a similar training for the councilors in Koboko and Yumbe districts.