Information & National Guidance
Hon. Jim Muhwezi
The department is under the political leadership of Hon. Jim Muhwezi, the Minister of Information and National Guidance, who is assisted by Director Simon Mayende.
The mandate of Information and National Guidance is twofold:
Development of the Department
Originally called the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in the period immediately after independence in 1962, the department has undergone many changes especially in the 1990s owing to the emerging media challenges. These changes saw liberalisation of the media and the creation of the semi autonomous Uganda Broadcasting Corporation to take over Uganda Television and Radio Uganda, the National broadcaster.
In addition to the proliferation of dozens of private FM radio stations, the Sector has also seen the development of new media technologies like the internet thus necessitating the creation of two different Ministries (i) Information and Communications Technology and (ii) Information and National Guidance; the former in charge of technology and equipment and the latter in charge of maintaining the standards of the content that is disseminated.
In 2006 Information was transferred from the Office of the President to the Office of the Prime Minister with the additional role of National Guidance. The major activities are aimed at meeting the overall vision of government;
"Transforming Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 Years with each household able to earn Shs20m ($10,000) each year".
The department routinely implement the following activities geared towards realising its mandate.
Ongoing Initiatives and Activities