“Stop Using the internet for dating,” Minister tells off youth

Kizige (right) interacting with other leaders after a meeting in Soroti, last week

The state minister for Karamoja affairs, Moses Kizige, has cautioned civil servants in Teso and Karamoja against misusing the Internet.

Moses Kizige, made these remarks on Friday, during the launch of the distribution of 30,000kgs of rice donated by the People’s Republic of China to vulnerable families in Moroto, at the district headquarters.

Kizige challenged the Karimojong to fight hunger and learn from China, which was once hit by food shortage, but has turned out to be a food basket. He appealed to the leaders to ensure that the rice gets to vulnerable families.

The district vice-chairperson, Christine Akot, thanked the Chinese government for the timely intervention and appealed to parents to encourage education.

Kizige also said the Internet is not meant for social media or seducing women, but for development purposes.

“People look for relationships on the Internet, yet it should be used for constructive purposes, not for immorality.”

He made the remarks before the civil servants and political leaders of Teso and Karamoja, at a meeting organized by the National Information Technology Authority (NITA) in Soroti town, on Thursday.

NITA was engaging stakeholders for Soroti-Karamoja regions as they extend the National fiber backbone to those regions.

The objective of NITA is to provide high-quality information technology services to Government and, as a result, it has connected 30 districts to the Internet.

Kizige, who was commissioning the one day stakeholders’ engagement, urged the civil servants to utilize the Internet to improve service delivery.

“People of Karamoja already live in organized settlements, but we only need to modernize them, so that all people can access the Internet, like in developed countries, where the Internet is accessible to everyone,” Kizige said.

James Saaka, the Executive director NITA, said they were in the region to sensitize the leaders of the region about the security of their infrastructure, which, he says, has been under attack in some places.

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Lukwago Joseph grew up in a newspaper family, and rumor has it that instead of playing the guitar in his infancy, his parents put a reporter’s notebook and a pen next to him shortly after he turned born eight years. Before becoming editor of UGANDANZ, Lukwago was a parliament news editor for WBS TV. He joined UGANDANZ in July 2018, A few months after the company launched. Lukwago also spent five years as a freelance reporter, where he covered reporting for the highest bidder, intelligence, foreign policy, and Ugandan police. Lukwago graduated from Makerere University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism and worked on his college newspaper.