James Saaka has run his race and is set to quit as the Executive director of the National Information and Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U).
Saaka has steadily steered NITA-U since its inception in 2010 and is now set to quit around August of this year, having served his final second 5year term.
According to NITA-U Act, 2009, the Executive Director shall hold office for five years and is eligible for re-appointment for one more term. Saaka was appointed NITA-U boss in 2010 and had his contract renewed in 2015 and is expiring this year.
NITA-U is an autonomous government parastatal under the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, mandated to coordinate, promote and monitor Information and Technology developments in Uganda within the context of National Social and Economic development.
Apparently, the Ministry of ICT led by Judith Nabakooba is on the verge of identifying a new successor of Saaka on recommendations of the NITA-U board.
The law gives the Minister powers to appoint the Executive director following recommendations of the Board.
According to the NITA-U Act, the Minister shall appoint the Executive director who should be a person with considerable practical, professional and administrative
experience in information and communication technology.
Among the suitable candidates within NITA-U who could be succeed James Saaka as Executive director include; Peter Kahiigi, Directorate of e-Government Services, Arnold Mangeni, Directorate of Information Security, and others.
However, the President also has the leverage to recommend any suitable person of his choice outside the Authority.
Notable among the top Executive directors who recently quit include; Godfrey Mutabazi of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) who was replaced by Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, who served as the Director for Engineering and Communication Infrastructure at UCC.