Nyombi Thembo to Head Rural Communications Development Fund

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The appointment seals a controversial process that had stalled following a petition by a whistle-blower who argued that Nyombi Thembo was a direct supervisor of the docket during his tenure as State Minister for Information and Communication Technology.

Former State Minister Nyombi Thembo has been appointed Director of the Rural Communications Development Fund - RCDF, a service fund administered by the Uganda communications communication -UCC.

The appointment seals a controversial process that had stalled following a petition by a whistle-blower who argued that Nyombi Thembo was a direct supervisor of the docket during his tenure as State Minister for Information and Communication Technology, and as such did not qualify for employment in the sector.

The whistle-blower also accused Thembo of misuse of office, conflict of interest, influence peddling and engineering the recruitment process to suit his own personal interests.

Thembo, the former Member of Parliament for Kassanda South applied for the job at a time he lost the parliamentary seat to former Policeman Simeo Nsubuga.  He emerged the most qualified candidate for the task, among the eight finalists. The recruitment was managed by ABS Consulting Group.

As a result, the UCC board led by Dr Vincent Kasangaki sought the interpretation and guidance from the Inspectorate of Government on the appointment, which, according to the Job advert published last year, tasks the candidate to provide strategic leadership and management of the Fund.

The outcome of the investigation seemingly cleared the process, giving the board a go-ahead to appoint Thembo to the post. He started working today, Monday January 9.

The Rural Communication Development Fund (RCDF) was established to support the development of a commercially viable communications infrastructure in rural Uganda. It was designed to be funded from a 2 percent levy on operators' gross annual revenues but has also benefited from contributions from the government and the World Bank.

Projects implemented by the fund include; Internet points of presence, Internet cafes, ICT training centres, Public payphones, District web portals, Multi-Purpose Community Tele-centres, Postal projects, School ICT laboratories, Health ICT facilities, Voice network sites, Content development projects, Local governance projects, and other unique projects.
 

 

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Sylvia Nankya
Sylvia is an Editor and Media Trainer with Uganda Radio Network. She has been a URN staff member since 2013. Sylvia has previously worked as a reporter and news anchor with Radio One (2001-2009) and with Vision Group (2009-2011). Six of her active years in Journalism were spent covering the Parliament of Uganda.

Over the past few years, Sylvia has worked to promote the positive development of societies recovering from conflict through training journalists on choices of stories, how they report issues and use of appropriate language in covering conflict and post-conflict situations.

She is an Alumni of RNTC- Holland, Les Aspin Centre for Government at Marquette University-WI, USA and a Community Solutions Fellow.