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Uganda has a Ministry of Science and Technology

For close to a year now, I have noticed that some sections of the media (both print and electronic) continue to refer to the Ministry of Education and Sports as the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports or simply Ministry of Education, Science and Sports. This is very erroneous and below public expectation on the part of the media who are supposed to be on top of news and information. The President of Uganda in June 2016 created a new Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI). He did not only do that but he at the same time appointed Uganda’s first ever Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation one Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye—an epidemiologist and an accomplished scientist in his own right. Further, during the not so recent overhaul of Permanent Secretaries, Mr. O.O. Obong—a seasoned and accomplished civil servant was appointed as MoSTI’s first Permanent Secretary. MoSTI’s current offices are located at Science and Technology House on Plot 5 Kimera Road in Ntinda. The science fraternity is pleased with these developments, and although much is not yet out, I guess a lot is in the cooking by this new sector as we aspire to transform Uganda into a mid-level income Country in not so distant future. I implore the media to visit the Ministry and tell the public what is in the cooking pot or what has been accomplished so far. A year is not a short time.

Arthur Makara

Kampala.

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