what is africa’s problem? nrm politicians
Uganda Post and Telecommunication Engineers, used to be trained at Bugema Adventist College now Bugema University and Kyambogo University.
How many homesteads in Uganda have landline telephone sets, Radio and Televisions, Internet jack socket? (Politicians talk of Industrialisation since telephone sets and receivers, TVs and radios, computers are not manufactured products: Kapitalist Americans have their AT&T, The English have British Telecoms, The Swedish and Norwegian their TeliaSonera, the Finnish Nokia, the French have Orange and Altec). Imagine warid, mtn, utl, smile, orange have their mobile phone sets, kabititi, geyekili manufactured in China! Then how come a country that can spend much money in bribery and corruption chogm this chogm that being stolen can’t start-up something!
How many Universities, Primary and Secondary Schools, Vocational Training institutes in Uganda, have a landline Telephone, Radio and a Television set, internet jack socket for instant communication, international access to Libraries (insap), Electronic books, Research Material, iLabs,http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?searchId=1&pid=diva2:212537
How many Teachers, Students, Children and Youth in Uganda can access their schools, Kindergarten, Lecturer rooms from their homes either by phone, television or radio? Did you know that rural children/students can be taught remotely, just by use of interactive media i.e. television, radio and Internet? The so-called Uganda Broadcasting Corporation a public services entity does not have an education department that will be recording education materials and broadcasting it.
How many Government Ministries, (Central and Local) have access to landline telephones, radio and television communication equipment, so that any staff member can instantly access or communicate information – E-governance, Ministry of (mis) (Information Technology)!
How many Hospitals, Dispensaries, Healthy Care facilities have landline Telephones, Radio and Televisions – do doctors, nurses, midwives, healthy care attendants and drug dispensers need to consult? How do they do it from Kabale, Kisoro, Nakapipiriti?
How many Patient Journals can instantly be accessed from Gulu, Arua, Mbarara, Nakaseke hospitals at Mulago
How many Public Service (indeed) workers can access their offices: wages and salaries and pensions remotely?
Why don’t National (Libyan) Housing Construction Corporation houses have the above facilities landline telephone sets, Radio and Televisions, Internet jack socket?
Somewhere in 1995: Architect Mark Olweny(Adelaide Australia), Edward Balidawa ( Abeline Texas) and Bwanika started something of what was to become Uganda Home Pages.
The after effects of Uganda Home Pages were the creation of Uganda (mis) Communication Commission, Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Websites for Uganda Ministries, State House, District Portal (with local government websites) and Uganda Parliament Website thanks to a NO vision of Dr. Johnson Nkuuhe, who as far as I remember begged the Americans for equipment to facility Uganda parliament internet network!
Dr. Nkuuhe one in his own calibre, went on to work with people like Eng. James Wire (infocom), Eng. Doroth Okello and Eng. Kiggundu Mukasa (New York), to implement communication facilities in parliament. Today, many can read the Parliament archives instantly. Haven knows where Dr. Nkuuhe is today and all his dreams of a beautiful soul and country.
I understand he also interacted with Charles Musisi (Makerere University) among others who were very committed to bring about a change among Africans. How .ug domain become a property of some few individuals and where subscription fees go whenever Ugandans subscribe to own a domain ending with .ug i.e. utlonline.co.ug is another issue altogether.
Uganda Home Pages project, was the first of its kind on the African continent and indeed the world. Only three African countries by 1996 had their:
1. Entire Parliament
2. Entire Government
3. Local Government
4. News Papers
5. State house
6. National Laws
accessible digitally and openly. Others were South Africa (had Local Newspapers), Morroco(or Algeria) and Gambia (state house).
On the above initiative, Uganda become the second country, in the whole of Africa, after South Africa, to have their National News Paper read anywhere around the world. The Daily Monitor was the first and then came the New Vision who wanted to bill readers until the project collapsed.
The above project, went on to lobby for the establishment a National Statistics Bureau (Uganda Bureau of Statistics). Uganda Home Pages advised designed National Drug Authority, NEMA Uganda Investment Authority etc., to start websites which in case of UIA was done and put on a Compact Disc (!) allegedly by a South African company at a rate I can’t remember – I hope Dr. Kigozi, Musiitwa and Okello who were then working at UIA as information officers know more about it.
Uganda home pages designed an interactive Uganda Revenue Webpages where there was none.
The district portal where local government had all their information: agriculture, demography, resources, wages, public workers etc., collapsed and nrm goons saw nothing!
Bwanika, Nakyesawa Luwero