Wednesday August 27 2014

Finance ministry, not UCC should control rural devt fund

By Emma Kinene,

Reference is made to the story titled, ‘UCC, Finance ministry clash over Shs30b rural development fund” in the Daily Monitor of August, 21.
I agree with the move to take the money to the Treasury so that it is distributed to development programmes equally. Uganda Communication Commission’s claims that the money is being used for development of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector is not enough accountability for that money. Shs30b should do a lot in the rural area but we don’t see what is done on ground. The computers that were bought for rural areas are not working because there is no electricity.
This is a sign of inefficiency and poor planning on the side of the body.

The ICT sector in Uganda has four arms, Ministry of ICT, UCC, Institute of Information and Communications Technology and National Information Technology Authority Uganda. If that money is allocated equally through all these arms, I am certain Uganda will move steadily with ICT development than when the money is allocated to only UCC.
They even have failed to implement many projects like digital migration and blocking of unregistered simcards and have not even acted on the many cries of customers who lose money to telecom companies due to unsolicited text messages, etc’.
So I support the move to take this money away from UCC so that Finance controls all the public funds.