Uganda delays decision on joining EASSy


The Eastern Africa submarine cable system kick-off may be delayed further after Uganda said it would not sign up until its concerns are addressed. "We are not ready to ratify the protocol. We are interested but we are also looking at other alternatives," Information and Communications Technology Minister Dr Ham-Mukasa Mulira told the parliamentary ICT committee last week.

The chairman of the committee Edward Baliddawa (Kigulu North MP), said the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) programme has particularly lobbied Uganda to ratify the protocol to make up the number needed for the high-speed Internet venture to start but in vain. Seven countries have now ratified the Protocol, a majority, allowing it to be implemented.

"A senior Ugandan official at Nepad, Dr Edmond Katiti, has been lobbying us to ratify the protocol. Once we ratify it, the project will go on," the MP said.

However, Dr Mulira has objected to Nepad's requests, saying the project still requires a lot of groundwork for him to be convinced.

The East African