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KCCA’s Sekajja bags Shs30m as NITA-U awards 16 govt entities for efforts on eServices

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Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda hands over the award to Kampala Capital City Authority Head of Information Systems Martin Sekajja
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Kampala Capital City Authority Head of Information Systems Martin Sekajja on Thursday went home with Shs30 million for heading a department that has done commendable work in promoting electronic service delivery in Uganda’s capital.

According to NITA-U, which organized the E-Government Excellence Awards through he was rewarded, Sekajja has been “instrumental in the design and implementation of the KCCA client transaction platform also known as e-Citie.”

The platform, NITA-U said, has “improved the Authority’s operations as well as contributed to Uganda’s enhanced global rating in ease of doing business ranking.”

To become CIO of the year, Martin Sekajja Sekajja beat Anselm Olweny, the principal registry and information officer at Electricity Regulatory Authority; Daniel Kalibala, the head of Information and Communication Technology at National Drug Authority; David Etuket, the head of ICT at National Housing and Construction Company; David Kikabi, the principal Information Technology Officer at The Judiciary, Uganda; James Mubiru, the IT manager at Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.

Others are Joseph Kobushehe, the director of Environment, Data Management and ICT at Petroleum Authority of Uganda, Peter P. Wakabi-Waiswa, Ph.D., the ICT manager at Uganda National Examinations Board; and Stephen Kisuze, the principal MIS Officer at National Medical Stores.

NITA-U put up this category to recognize the Head of IT in any Government Entity who has been exemplary in the delivery of their work and championed the implementation of National ICT related Standards and Guidelines within their institutions.

In total, they were seventeen categories, with only one recognizing an individual’s efforts and the others focused on government entities. The winners were announced at a glamorous ceremony spiced with music, cocktails, and a sumptuous buffet held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.

Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda was the chief guest.

Other key guests that attended were Minister of ICT and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze; Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza, the Inspector General of Government (IGG); Richard Byarugaba, the managing director of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF).

Three notable Ugandan executives in Prof. Agnes Rwashana Semwanga, the Deputy Principal of the College of Computing and Information Sciences at Makerere University; Mathias Katamba, the chief executive officer of DFCU Bank; and Japheth Kawanguzi, founder of The Innovation Village, oversaw the judging process alongside global professional services firm Ernst & Young.

Legends Events & Hospitality was also involved in the organization of the event.

Other winners and reason for the award

Outstanding web-portal award: connected category

– Makerere University (mak.ac.ug)

Here the judges looked at a government website that offers user-centric end-to-end online transactional services. The site had to be easy to start and finish a transaction without leaving the portal while facilitating fast response and interaction, according to NITA-U.

Outstanding web-portal award: interactive category

– Uganda National Bureau of Standards (unbs.go.ug)

This website impressed judges for being able to offer enhanced information services by providing downloadable documents, allowing online data submission and always up-to-date.

Outstanding web-portal award: informational category

– Directorate of Public Prosecutions (dpp.go.ug)

Here the organizers rewarded a website that offers essential information services with updated content.

Outstanding web-portal award: local government

Organizers recognized a Local Government Website that offers essential information and is frequently updated.

– Mbarara Local Government (mbarara.go.ug)

In all the aforementioned categories, websites had to comply with the NITA-U (E-Government Regulations) 2015 – SI No. 27 of 2015 and the Guidelines for Development and Management of Government Websites.

Outstanding sector eService award

This category recognized Government Electronic Services that are the most innovative in transforming service delivery to Government, Citizens or Businesses. There were different sub-categories as shown below:

Economic Infrastructure & Competitiveness Sector:

PDU E-transit Ladder (Uganda National Road Authority) — Since its rollout (2017/2018), 3,292 procurements have been initiated and tracked online. The solution has also built a work culture that makes the transition to the electronic Government Procurement System (eGP) almost seamless

Tourism & Trade Sector

Electronic One Stop Center web portal (eBiz) (Uganda Investment Authority) — A single point/one-stop web-based application that makes it possible for potential investors to apply for government licenses, permits, and certificates required to setup up investment projects in Uganda.

Education Sector

E-Registration (Uganda National Examinations Board) — A secure, reliable and robust national examinations results management system for academic results and the attendant processes/services for all the levels handled by UNEB.

Health Sector

Smart Care (National Medical Stores) — Offers real-time visibility on all deliveries of essential medicine and medical supplies made to all Public Health Facilities in Uganda and enables all Public Health Facilities in Uganda to give feedback in real time on medicines and medical supplies delivered by NMS.

Human Development Sector

External Employment Information System (Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development) — The system automates the labor externalization process by registering the details of individuals going abroad for work and licensed companies which recruit people going abroad for work as well as managing jobs of the registered companies. Time to get licensed reduced by over 85%

Accountability & Governance Sector

Integrated Financial Management System (Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development) — With usage in over 250 Government entities, IFMS has improved timeliness and accuracy of management & financial reports with faster payment processing from a period of one month to a couple of days.

Public Sector Administration and Management Sector

eLogRev (Ministry of Local Government) — Enables collection of revenues at selected Municipalities. Collected revenues are automatically computed and aggregated with strategic dashboard views for decision-making.

Justice, Law and Order (JLOS)

Business Registration System (Uganda Registration Services Bureau) — Since its introduction, there has been a reduction in turnaround time taken to register a business, from 30 days to 4 hours and instant name searches (online).

Best exhibitor, eGovernment expo 2019

Uganda Revenue Authority

This category recognized the outstanding exhibitor at the E-Government Expo 2019 considering branding, booth staffing and demonstration of exhibited services.

The exhibition was a 2-day event that was held at the Garden City Rooftop in Kampala. Different government entities participated.

Government entity of the year 2019

National Social Security Fund

This recognized the government entity which is most compliant in the delivery of its e-services to the government of Uganda IT Standards in the following areas: Cybersecurity, ICT Approvals N7 process & Acquisition of Hardware & Software

Citizen choice award

E-Tax (Uganda Revenue Authority)

In this category, the organizers thought to reward the Government e-service voted by the public as the most useful/helpful in the citizens lives.  The list of e-services for this category was drawn from the top 10 most accessed e-services over the eCitizen’s web portal (www.ecitizen.go.ug).

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