By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Uganda is set to join a plethora of countries that have invested highly in space technology sending shuttles to outta space and speaking to aliens and all that stuff.
The Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Judith Nabakooba has said that Cabinet sitting on March 22, 2021, approved the proposal to build a Satellite Station in Uganda with the main objective of developing Uganda’s space capabilities in a well-coordinated and harmonized manner.
Nabakooba said that this station will come with a host of benefits to the country that will collectively contribute to the development of the country socially, economically, politically, and technologically.
According to Nabakooba, the space centre will improve the country’s research and industrial development, increase evidence-based technology information for planning and decision-making, and improve Uganda’s defence and security.
The details of the location where the satellite station is going to be built, when construction kicks off and how much the project will cost the taxpayer have not yet been revealed o the public.
If the project does not stall like several government projects that have been commissioned and later abandoned because the money was stolen or some other lame excuse, Uganda will join a total of 12 African countries that have launched satellites into space.
These include Egypt (nine), South Africa (eight), Algeria (seven), Nigeria (six), Morocco (three). Ghana, Sudan, Ethiopia, Angola, Mauritius, and our neighbours Kenya and Rwanda have launched one satellite each into space.
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