By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The former executive director of the National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U), James Saka has died of covid-19 on Wednesday, October 9 2020, at Mulago national referral hospital where he had been admitted.
The news of his death has been confirmed by NITA via its twitter handle noting thus; “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.”
Former Minister of ICT Frank Tumwebaze Kagyigyi also asserted the development after tweeting thus; “It’s painful and sad for James. I am sad! My sincere condolences to his family, friends in the ICT sector and NITA Uganda.”
— Frank K Tumwebaze,MP : Psalms 124 : 1-8 (@FrankTumwebazek) December 9, 2020
The sad news comes after Saaka steppping on the heels of successful completion of the legally authorized 10-year tenure that officially expired in August 2020 and handed over to new Executive Director, Dr. Hatwib Mugasa.
Under The Steadfast Leadership Of Saaka At NITA-U
In Saka’s tenure, the government completed all four phases of the National Backbone Infrastructure (ICT backbone), laying 4,000 kilometres of Fiber, extending to 49 districts, and connecting 480 Government offices.
The recently launched last mile project connects 1,000 more sites across 58 districts to the network is underway. The seven major border posts of Uganda with its neighboring countries have all been connected to the ICT backbone thus facilitating regional integration, cooperation, communication, and trade with our neighboring countries.
In the same period, a number of electronic services for the Government have been launched and operationalized. A government-wide messaging system-UMCS has been established and rolled out in 37 entities to provide standardized and secure email for all Government communications.