Tumwebaze wants free TV for all Ugandans, warns on social media bans


ICT and Information minister Hon. Frank Tumwebaze has reiterated his call for a further reduction on the cost of the internet.

Speaking at NBS TV Thursday, Tumwebaze suggested that internet for institutions like universities should be subsidized.

He said reducing the cost of internet is paramount because internet is as important to innovation as power.

He, however, warned those who use internet for crime and hate speech to beware.

“We have some Ugandans that trade in pessimism online. Whip will be on hackers  and hate speech. Shouldn’t we control pornography? We have to benchmark what other countries have done without curtailing on rights.”

Tumwebaze explained that previous social media shutdowns were due to cyber threats and that includes hacking.

“I am not here to clampdown on social media but we need to ensure that our online interaction is safe.”

On TV subscription, the minister said it was not proper that Ugandans who don’t have money to subscribe can’t watch TV.

“We are looking into this. Why is the free to air service not available? That’s something we should solve.”

He acknowledged government has been having a challenge of disjointed communication saying communication by government officials was affected by notion that speaking to the media is politicking.

“It is not. An open government is the way to go. This is not just my position but a government position.”

He said government would pay more attention to innovation so that more Ugandans will be employed.

“That’s why we have Science Innovation Fund. UGX500bn Science Innovation Fund is no longer for agri-innovations only. Money not enough but we have some money.”

Tumwebaze ended by assuring the public that he was proud of his work.

“While trying to make a good omelette, a few shells had to be broken. I am very proud of my work during my tenure as minister in charge of Kampala,” he commented on his work as Kampala minister.

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