Kadaga Wants a Science and Technology Ministry

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Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has demanded for the creation of an independent Ministry to handle issues of Science and Technology. She said that Science and Technology is a complex sector which needs to be detached from other ministries in which it is embedded.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has demanded for the creation of an independent Ministry to handle issues of Science and Technology.
 
She said that Science and Technology is a complex sector which needs to be detached from other ministries in which it is embedded.
 
Kadaga was officiating at the opening of the Science and Technology week organized by Parliament's Committee on Science and Technology. The exhibition of the different technologies is in Parliament's CHOGM Square and running for a week.
 
This exhibition which is intended to be an annual event was prepared with an objective of providing a platform for local scientists and technology innovators to exhibit their innovations and to encourage job creation through science and technology.
 
The exhibitors include constructors, agriculturalists, herbal medicines, automobiles, renewable energy among others.
 
Speaker Kadaga said that on a number of occasions, several innovators have approached her office on matters of technology but she did not have where to refer them to because a relevant ministry is non-existent.
 
She attacked government referring to it as "skepticism" to put into consideration the different resolutions made by parliament in respect to developing and promoting the science and technology sector.
 
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Kiryandongo Woman MP Helen Kahunde who is the chairperson of the Science and Technology committee noted that the absence of a fully-fledged Ministry of science and technology is a big encumbrance in the mobilization and consolidation of science, technology and innovation activities in Uganda.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.