By Mable Nakibuuka
A team of dedicated National Resistance Movement (NRM) enthusiasts who are also experts in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have developed a new app known as ‘My Sevo’, which is aimed at promoting President Yoweri Museveni as a brand ahead of the 2021 general election.
According to sources privy to this new innovation, ‘My Sevo’, which is set to be launched at Pearl Of Africa Hotel in Kampala on September 30th, 2020, has already been uploaded on Google Play services, so all people with Smartphones, tablets or computers can download and install it in their gadgets for easy use.
Once installed on your gadget, ‘My Sevo’ app can help users get all the information about President Museveni, his manifesto, information about the NRM, important government officials, among other things.
The ‘My Sevo’ app bears the following specific features;
Info about YK M7, his Achievements, Latest News about Museveni, info about the NRM, Flag Bearers for 2021 General Election, M7 Jokes, Well Wishers, Museveni in the Media, NRM Songs, Support, Contacts, plus others .
We have since learnt that My Sevo app was developed by a group of Ugandan I.C.T gurus from Sweden who built the project from scratch to a fully operational android application.
According to Vincent Waiswa Bagiire, the Permanent Secretary at the ICT ministry, ICT has been instrumental in Uganda’s development, connecting communities and businesses at both the local and international levels. Although the sector does face some major challenges, ICT is a tool that promotes economic growth and offers opportunities for Ugandans to improve their lives.
“ICT has played a critical role in the advancement of the country,’ Bagiire said, with gains covering the economic, social and cultural spectrum.
He added that; “The contribution spans primary growth sectors including but not limited to health, education, agriculture, tourism and infrastructure, such as transport.”
For Uganda, ICT is a way to achieve development objectives, given operating constraints such as a lack of infrastructure and human capacity.
Bagiire noted that the government has been working hard to digitize the country, and its efforts have borne fruit.
This is because ICT is one of the most competitive and fastest-growing sectors in the country, largely driven by telecommunications.
Last year, Uganda advanced five places in the International Telecommunication Union’s ICT Development Index, placing it twentieth in Africa and second within East Africa. The improved ranking was attributed largely to the rollout of ICT infrastructure by both the government and the private sector
Technology has underpinned Uganda’s development by improving public and private sector services delivery; providing better access to information, knowledge and communication; creating jobs and reducing poverty; and spurring economic growth by boosting exports.
Uganda’s ICT sector has grown 19.7% on average each year since 2013, adding 2.5% annually to the country’s gross domestic product.