Peter Kahiigi, the Director eGovernment Services at the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U), has called it quits after serving the body for 10 years.
In June of this year, Kahiigi gave NITA-U notice that he would be taking on a new challenge.
In a statement, NITA – U said it is grateful that Kahiigi has been deliberate in preparing and leaving behind a team to steer NITA-U to greater heights. We wish him the very best in his next endeavour.
On 1st August 2010, Kahiigi joined NITA-U as Director Technical Services (DTS) and was charged with the responsibility of providing leadership towards the establishment of Information Communications Technology (ICT) Infrastructure in the country and resuscitation of the previously ’dead’ National Backbone Infrastructure/ EGovernment Infrastructure (NBI/EGI).
He is also heralded for having operationalised NITA – U in ensuring the agency obtained a budget vote.
Following the successful operationalisation of the NBI/EGI, he was appointed the Director Information Security (DIS).
One of the key standouts was the establishing of Uganda’s national cyber security coordination unit to protect Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Local Governments (MDAs/LGs) against cyber-attacks, risks and vulnerabilities that could hamper ICT systems supporting national development goals.
In 2015, Kahiigi was appointed as the Director E-Government Services (DEGS) charged with the overall responsibility of ensuring the use of ICT to transform public service delivery as well as the lives of ordinary Ugandans.
This extended to the supervision of all ICT Chief Information Officers (CIO) and the development and use of electronic services across MDA/LGs.
Noteworthy is that under his leadership, the portfolio of ICT systems grew from 47 to 340 government systems; an e-citizens portal has been established with 101 services centralised to promote usage and the impact of e-government services has been felt at a national level.
Kahiigi led the development of the RCIP Project Appraisal Document and secured cabinet approval of the RCIP project in 2015. Consequently, the approval of the $85 million RCIP program was achieved through various multi-sectoral engagements.