Former Uganda Communications Commission Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Masambu, has been elected the new Director General for International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (ITSO).
The International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (ITSO) is an intergovernmental organisation charged with overseeing the public service obligations of Intelsat, with its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“We are elated! Congrats #TeamUganda, congrats to us, congrats Patrick #Masambu; history in the making here, Uganda 72, France 42. #VoteMasambu,” UCC tweeted.
ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze who introduced the candidate at the 37th ITSO Assembly of Parties (AP-37) meeting in Washington DC on Thursday, said Masambu won the 1st round with 59 votes followed by the Spanish candidate who got 23 votes and their French rival who got 33 votes.
Masambu then won the second round with 72 votes.
He replaces Jose Manuel do Rosario Toscano from Portugal who has been holding the office.
President Yoweri Museveni was among the first people to congratulate Masambu.
“Congratulations to Uganda’s Patrick Masambu upon election as Director General of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation,” Museveni tweeted.
Congratulations to Uganda’s Patrick Masambu upon election as Director General of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) October 14, 2016
The current Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) executive director Eng Godfrey Mutabazi was elated by the victory which puts Uganda at the helm of the technical body that regulates all major satellites.
Masambu has been serving as the Deputy Director General and Director of Technical Affairs of ITSO since May 2010.
He served as Chief Executive Officer, Uganda Communications Commission and Uganda Telecom. He was also influential in establishing the Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (UPTC) in 1977.