How ICT Has Improved Security, Economic Development In Uganda

Ever since the Government under the leadership of Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni improved the use of Information Communication and Technology (ICT), the security system in Uganda especially the UPDF has greatly improved which has helped security personnel especially in Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) to quickly track down criminals, arrest them and prosecuted them in courts of law.

In the past regime, it used to be so difficult to trace and track criminals because technology was very poor and this made the level of criminality to remain high. Improved ICT has also helped security especially CMI and Police to reduce the rate of motor vehicle theft. It is now very easy and cheap to locate your vehicle it case it is stolen, which was not the case before ICT.

In 2018, Museveni launched Rhino Patrol Boats to beef up security on water bodies. Courtesy photo

The crime rate has also reduced due to improved ICT for example if you commit a crime using a phone; it is sure deal that security will get you very first. Take an example people who killed late Susan Magara, Nagirinya were all arrested and prosecuted using improved ICT.

ICT has also reduced cyber crime in Uganda, which used to a challenge with in security.

Museveni launches first mobile phone company in Uganda. Courtesy photo

In addition to improving security, ICT has also contributed a lot to the economic Development in Uganda. With developed and Improved ICT, the number of internet users across the Country has greatly increased to over 15M users. With improved ICT, the number of registered mobile money users has also increased and the public no longer move with large sums of money, which was also a security threat. Below is how ICT has improved the economic development in Uganda.

ICT contribution to Real National GDP is 9.8%

  • ICT contribution to Govt revenue is shs 4bn (6.5%)
  • Band width per MBps per month dropped from USD 70 (2017)to USD 50 (2019)
  • MM registered subscribers grew by 2m(Dec 2018-Sep 2019) Teledensity stands at 63,9% (Telephones connections per capita in an area)
  • Mobile Telephone subscription at 6%m(Sept 2019)
  • Internet Mobile at 2%m
  • Internet Penetration at9m
  • Estimated Internet users at 23mActive Pay TV service providers at 4m
  • Mobile Money subscribers(registered) at 4m
  • Mobile Money subscribers (active) at 6m
  • 5G technology launch.
  • Segmented Data usage.
  • Under National ICT Initiatives Support program (NIISP) 12groups of innovators were boosted by shs 5b
  • Increased revenue for government due to digitalized tax system.
  • Improved communication to ease trade and money transfers.
  • Regional integration through amalgamated communication systems.
  • Creation of employment through service provision like Data MM providers.
  • Improved security systems and Monitoring through CCTV integration in the country and the region. Quality of TV and telephone networks improved.
  • Reduced price of Data and Airtime as a result of internet penetration.
  • Reduced and improved monitoring of cybercrime.
  • Enhanced financial inclusion in the economy.
  • Expanded private sector performance.
  • Informal sector reduction through financial deepening.


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