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Former NITA-U ED James Saka Died of COVID19

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Kampala,Uganda

Its a great loss to the Sector and to the Nation.

Uganda’s former executive director of the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), James Saka is no more!

The strong man passed on on Wednesday, December 9  at Kampala hospitala.

His death has been confirmed by NITA-U in a statement on Twitter.

“It is with profound shock and sadness that we announce that James Saaka, our former ED, has passed away.
We extend our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to James’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this most difficult time.
Rest In Power James”, the announcement reads.

Initial reports indicate that Mr. Saka, the pioneer Chief Executive of NITA-U suffered from the Covid-19 infection but had been cured of the virus by the time he died.

“It is with profound shock and sadness that we announce that James Saaka, our former ED, has passed away. We extend our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to James’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this most difficult time,” NITA-U announced in a tweet moments after Gender, labour, and social development minister, Mr Frank Tumwebaze had confirmed the development.

“It’s painful and sad for James. I am sad! My sincere condolences to his family, friends in the ICT sector and NITA Uganda,” said Mr Tumwebaze who once supervised Saaka as minister of Information, ICT and Communications.

The deceased retired in August after working for 10 years. According to sources, Saaka is reported to have succumbed to #Covid-19.
During his tenure at NITA, they operationalized National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) with over 4,000 kilometres of fibre laid across 49 districts, with 480 government offices connected including seven major border points.

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