George Mutabaazi, the president, Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) has offered to provide smartphones to all sub county chairperson and speakers in Karamoja region at subsidized prices to ease their communication.
He made the pledge while meeting lower local government leaders in Moroto district mid this week. He was moved to make the pledge when the leaders appeared green on the latest developments in the region and the entire country.
Mutabaazi was particularly disturbed by the poor mobilization among the local leadership, which he said can be sorted if the leaders had a forum where they can share information.
According to Mutabaazi, once they leaders acquire the smartphones they will create social media groups, where the leaders will discuss issues of concern in the region.
He notes that although some leaders have email addresses, they are constrained with devices that don’t support internet connection.
Tom Olaka, the Namalu sub county chairperson in Nakapiripirit district has welcomed the idea, saying it will ease their work.
However, Stella Aguti, resident of Moroto feels buying smartphones for leaders portrays high dependency levels of people in the region.
Peter Abacei, the Karenga Sub county chairperson who doubles as the Karamoja Regional representative to the ULGA executive, says his counterparts can adjust to the advancing technology.
A basic smartphone costs between Shillings 200,000 to 250,000.