Uganda-Brussels embassy website displays outdated info

Uganda-Brussels embassy website displays outdated info
Sam Kahamba Kutesa is Uganda's Minister of Foreign Affairs, a post he has held since 2005.

The official website of Uganda’s embassy in Brussels hasn’t been updated for several years. The website still presents the late, Maria Mutagamba as the Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Minister despite her passing two years ago.

The information appears on the official portal of the Ugandan Embassy in Brussels, Belgium https://brussels.mofa.go.ug/data-smenu-47-The-Cabinet-of-Uganda.html. Some of the important information on the website related to various ministries dates back to as far back as 2015.

For instance, the First Lady also currently Education and Sports minister, Janet Kataaha Museveni still appears as Karamoja Affairs minister, Prof Sandy Stevens Tickodri Togboa, who served for 15 months as Higher Education and Technology state minister also still appears on the website as holding the same docket.

John Chrysostom Muyingo, the incumbent Higher Education state minister according to the embassy website is the state minister for Primary Education. Fred Ruhindi, who is currently serving as commissioner on the Land Probe Commission still appears as the country’s Attorney General.

A Ugandan who raised alarm on the information on the website through social media couldn’t hide his frustration with the state of affairs.

“It’s a shame that a Ugandan embassy cares less about having facts on its webpages,” he said.

Adding that; “Check out the Brussels page, you will be shocked to see Jessica Alupo, John Nasasira’s names as members of the cabinet.”

Uganda-Brussels embassy website displays outdated info
Screen grab of the cabinet on the embassy’s website with the wrong ministers
Uganda-Brussels embassy website displays outdated info
Screen grab of the cabinet on the embassy’s website with the wrong ministers

The duo was long dropped from cabinet. The website presents Katikamu North MP Abraham Byandala as minister without Portfolio (in-charge of Political Mobilization) instead of Hajji Abdul Nadduli while Crispus Kiyonga, the current Uganda’s ambassador to China, is still the Defense minister on the embassy website.

Jim Muhwezi is still in charge of the ICT and National Guidance ministry while the current office bearer Frank Tumwebaze appears as the Presidency minister, a position currently occupied by Esther Mbulakubuza Mbayo.

Our reporter was unable to get an official comment from the embassy about the website. This isn’t the first time an official government website presented outdated information.

About two years ago, the official State House website presented outdated information about the Office of the President and was only updated after running a similar story.

You would expect active social media pages for the embassy given the era where social media communications offer a swift, cheap and more interactive avenue. However the Facebook link on the website is broken while the Twitter link wrongly links to the Uganda High Commission in Kigali, Rwanda page.

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