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New ICT Ministers Nabakooba, Ogwang Assume Office, Pledge to Tackle Corruption

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The new Ministers for ICT and Communications, Judith Nabakooba and that of State Peter Ogwang on Tuesday assumed office, a day after swearing in.

In a ceremony organized by ICT Permanent Secretary Vincent Bagiire, the outgoing ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze handed over instruments of power to his successors.

In his speech, Ogwang thanked President Yoweri Museveni for the vote of confidence and vowed to drive the ICT Ministry to new heights. He vowed to work amicably with all the agencies and technocrats in the ICT sector, but warned them against corruption.

“I call upon all the technocrats to work together with the new team because we are here to make the sector better. We still have a lot to accomplish including the fourth industrial revolution. But if in the process anyone crosses the red line of corruption then we shall execute the orders of the Chief Executive who emphasized on need to fight corruption,” he warned.

During the swearing in of the new Ministers at State House Entebbe on Monday, President Museveni said that he appointed the two youthful MPs to purposely deal with corruption. Ogwang also thanked Tumwebaze, now Gender Minister for steering the ICT Ministry and promised to always seek guidance from him.

“This morning, I am delighted to receive office from my mentor Frank Tumwebaze. We have pledged to keep the ball at the Ministry rolling to more great heights. Please keep your doors open whenever we seek guidance and may the Lord lead you through in your new docket,” Ogwang tweeted.

ICT Minister Nabakooba also pledged total commitment to steering the ICT Ministry and vowed to close the information gap between the media and government. The former Police Spokesperson also promised to work with security agencies to protect journalists on duty.

“We ask you (media) to give visibility to government programs and policies. We want you to give ministers enough space in your platforms to explain government programs as we also continue to address issues that affect you journalists,” Nabakooba said.

Frank Tumwebaze expressed satisfaction with the appointment of the two youthful ministers, adding that he is confident the duo will steer the sector and continue with the pending work.

“I want my successors to finish up the pending work especially the need for a law that protects start up innovators. The rest is work in progress which will be worked on by the new team. There is also need for regular engagements with National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and other journalism bodies to ensure good organization in their operations,” he said.

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