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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

E-society Centre Support Knowledge Building Programme



Ms Fieke Jansen Programme officer ICT -Media in HIVOS arrived at RIC-NET on the 19th April aboard the RIC-NET so called "chopper". she met the staff of RIC-NET and visited some county information centres. At Kabarole information centre in fort portal municipality she was impressed by the centre set up.

The District Information Officer Kasese John.B.Thawite told the guests at the ceremony that the e-society is aimed at bringing the society of Kasese into a purview of electronic usage for poverty-reduction to improve their social economic, health, cultural and education status of the Kasese community.

‘The e-society will answer the issue of inadequate access to timely and relevant information, a key aspect that limits citizens’ effective participation in the planning and monitoring processes in the district’ Thawite added.

He said that the plan was in place to decentralize the resource centre services to counties, sub-counties and parishes in order to benefit more of the rural people.

Officiating at the ceremony the district chairman Rev. Canon Julius Kithaghenda underscored the need to empower the people with information that can help them to fight poverty.

He noted that without information sharing and giving to the people the fight against poverty would not succeed.

‘I tell you our people are derail and sometimes they vote for people they couldn’t vote for because they lack information’ Kithaghenda said.

He challenged Civil servants to be computer literate so that they can much with the technological developments in the world, proposing that computer-illiterate civil servants be sacked.

The Chief Administrative Officer Kasese Giles Kahika said that his office was drawing a plan of sustaining the e-society resource centre after the donors pulled out and assured the people that it would be maintained and serve the intended purpose.The function was attended among others by Ms Fieke Jansen a Programme officer ICT -Media in

The function comes on the heals of a seminar on knowledge sharing at development that was held at Kagote, Fort portal municipality a week before. In this seminar, farmers and expert shared information on exploring ways of making marketing mechanisms work for the poor. The e-society component opened in kasese and now being rolled in Kabarole District is key on making the information accessible to all stakeholders even market information to the poor people.