Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is looking for a new executive director to lead the organization. Ms. Irene Kaggwa Ssewankambo has been serving as the acting executive director since February 2020, stepping in for Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi, who had completed his last five-year term and left the telecommunications sector regulator after a decade in charge.
In a notice published on Monday, UCC expressed its desire to recruit an executive director responsible for guiding the organization in the development and execution of strategic plans, as well as contributing to the formulation of policies and programs outlined in the Uganda Communications Act of 2013.
Ms. Kaggwa, who has been in the acting role for over two years, was uncertain about whether she would apply for the position. She stated, “I am considering whether I should apply or not.”
According to the law, the Minister of ICT has the authority to appoint an executive director for UCC, an autonomous entity under the Ministry of ICT. The appointed director serves a five-year term, which can be renewed once.
It remains unclear why the government decided to advertise the position, given Ms. Kaggwa’s two-year tenure during which she contributed to enhancing ICT security, reducing fraudulent domains, promoting e-services, and resolving corporate disputes within the sector.
As of press time, ICT Permanent Secretary Aminah Zawedde had not responded to inquiries regarding the decision to advertise the position.
To qualify for the position, candidates must possess a Master’s degree in economics, law, finance, management, public administration, or related fields. Additionally, they should have 15 years of strategic experience in management, government, regulatory affairs, policy development, and five years of experience in senior management roles within corporate environments.
The new executive director will oversee an industry that plays a crucial role in driving Uganda’s transformation through internet connectivity.