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Don’t stain Uganda’s image, Museveni warns media

President Yoweri Museveni, gestures with booklets as he speaks during a press conference

President Yoweri Museveni, gestures with booklets as he speaks during a press conference

President Yoweri Museveni chaired the second session of the inaugural cabinet at State House Entebbe on Thursday.

In a statement released by Frank K Tumwebaze, the Minister of ICT, Information National Guidance, Museveni listed three key priorities tackling communication, judiciary and physical planning.

Museveni called for responsible and disciplined media reporting that is not injurious to the image of Uganda and tasked government agencies to always communicate timely and factually about government work and thus the reason he merged the communication agencies into one ministry for easy coordination.

Also of priority under the ICT, the president stressed was the need for developing technical capacity in the field of electronics to do intelligent monitoring both by modern IT systems and knowledgeable electronic engineers whose skill and capacity he directs the ministry of ICT to build.

In the medium term, the President wants the Ministry of ICT to start and build a strong department of electronics that will ensure assembling of computers among other electronics.

The other priority he added on was the need to support the judiciary with all the human and financial resources so as to improve the justice system and the fight against crime.

The last point of priority he added on was the issue of urban physical planning.

The President stressed that organised urban planning is not only good for the environment, tourism but a great enabler for job creation through organized urban trade.

They were finally adopted as the priorities that will guide the 5-year development agenda since they also fall within the national development plan (NDP) and national vision 2040.

It was finally agreed that the President will be meeting periodically different ministry teams (Minister and top ministry officials) to hear from each of them about their sectoral strategies and measure progress of their ministerial program implementation by looking at specific deliverables and indicators.

The tone is for efficient and effective public service delivery following the principles of allocative and operative efficiency; that is, by using the available resources for the right priorities and doing so efficiently.

Routine cabinet meetings will resume every Wednesday of the week.


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