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NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AUTHORITY, UGANDA ACT, 2009.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

   1.   Commencement.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT, OBJECTS, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AUTHORITY, UGANDA.

   3.   Establishment of the Authority.

   4.   Objects of the Authority.

   5.   Functions of the Authority.

   6.   Powers of the Authority.

PART III
THE BOARD AND ITS FUNCTIONS.

   7.   The Board.

   8.   Qualifications for appointment to the Board.

   9.   Tenure of office of members of the Board.

   10.   Powers of Minister to suspend or terminate appointment of members of the Board.

   11.   Functions of the Board.

   12.   Meetings of the Board.

   13.   Conditions of service of members of the Board.

PART IV
SECRETARIAT.

   14.   Secretariat.

   15.   Functions of the Secretariat.

   16.   Executive Director.

   17.   Other officers and staff of the Authority.

   18.   Authorised officers.

PART V
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SURVEYS AND POWERS OF THE AUTHORITY.

   19.   Information technology surveys.

   20.   Authority to obtain particulars.

   21.   Power of entry and inspection.

   22.   Confidentiality.

   23.   Dissemination of information and data on information technology.

PART VI
FINANCES OF THE AUTHORITY.

   24.   Funds of the Authority.

   25.   Estimates.

   26.   Annual management plan.

   27.   Accounts.

   28.   Audits.

   29.   Borrowing powers.

   30.   Financial year of the Authority.

   31.   Compliance with Public Finance and Accountability Act.

PART VII
MISCELLANEOUS.

   32.   Relationship with other organisations.

   33.   Seal.

   34.   Minister's powers to give directions.

   35.   Protection from liability.

   36.   Annual report.

   37.   Minister to report to Parliament.

   38.   Offences.

   39.   Regulations.

   40.   Amendment of Schedules.

      Schedule 1   Currency Point.

      Schedule 2   Meetings of the Board and related matters.

      Schedule 3   Oath of office and secrecy.

NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AUTHORITY, UGANDA ACT, 2009.

Commencement: 15 August, 2009.

   An Act to provide for the establishment of the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda and to provide for its objects, functions, composition, management and finances; and other related matters.

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

1.   Commencement.

   This Act shall come into force on a date appointed by the Minister by statutory instrument.



NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AUTHORITY, UGANDA ACT, 2009.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

   1.   Commencement.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT, OBJECTS, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AUTHORITY, UGANDA.

   3.   Establishment of the Authority.

   4.   Objects of the Authority.

   5.   Functions of the Authority.

   6.   Powers of the Authority.

PART III
THE BOARD AND ITS FUNCTIONS.

   7.   The Board.

   8.   Qualifications for appointment to the Board.

   9.   Tenure of office of members of the Board.

   10.   Powers of Minister to suspend or terminate appointment of members of the Board.

   11.   Functions of the Board.

   12.   Meetings of the Board.

   13.   Conditions of service of members of the Board.

PART IV
SECRETARIAT.

   14.   Secretariat.

   15.   Functions of the Secretariat.

   16.   Executive Director.

   17.   Other officers and staff of the Authority.

   18.   Authorised officers.

PART V
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SURVEYS AND POWERS OF THE AUTHORITY.

   19.   Information technology surveys.

   20.   Authority to obtain particulars.

   21.   Power of entry and inspection.

   22.   Confidentiality.

   23.   Dissemination of information and data on information technology.

PART VI
FINANCES OF THE AUTHORITY.

   24.   Funds of the Authority.

   25.   Estimates.

   26.   Annual management plan.

   27.   Accounts.

   28.   Audits.

   29.   Borrowing powers.

   30.   Financial year of the Authority.

   31.   Compliance with Public Finance and Accountability Act.

PART VII
MISCELLANEOUS.

   32.   Relationship with other organisations.

   33.   Seal.

   34.   Minister's powers to give directions.

   35.   Protection from liability.

   36.   Annual report.

   37.   Minister to report to Parliament.

   38.   Offences.

   39.   Regulations.

   40.   Amendment of Schedules.

      Schedule 1   Currency Point.

      Schedule 2   Meetings of the Board and related matters.

      Schedule 3   Oath of office and secrecy.

NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AUTHORITY, UGANDA ACT, 2009.

Commencement: 15 August, 2009.

   An Act to provide for the establishment of the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda and to provide for its objects, functions, composition, management and finances; and other related matters.

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

1.   Commencement.

   This Act shall come into force on a date appointed by the Minister by statutory instrument.*

2.   Interpretation.

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   "authorised officer" means a person appointed as an authorised officer under section 18 and includes a computer scientist, network administrator, systems administrator, systems analyst, data base administrator, software engineer, programmer, information technology security administrator, electronic engineer, communications engineer and a telecommunication specialist;

   "Authority" means the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda established by section 3;

   "Board" means the Board of Directors appointed under section 7;

   "Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the Board appointed under section 7;

   "currency point" has the value assigned to it in Schedule 1 to this Act;

   "data" means information recorded in a form in which it can be processed by equipment operating automatically in response to instructions given for that purpose;

   "Executive Director" means the chief executive of the Authority, appointed under section 16;

   "e-Commerce" means the distribution, buying, selling, marketing and servicing of products or services over electronic systems such as the internet or other computer networks;

   "e-Government" is the use of information and communication technologies to deliver public services in a convenient, efficient customer-oriented, and cost effective way;

   "e-Readiness survey" means a survey undertaken to establish the ability to use information technologies;

   "e-Transaction" means the exchange of information or data, the sale or purchase of goods or services between businesses, households, individuals, governments, and other public or private organisations, conducted over computer mediated networks;

   "e-waste" means any form of waste that is accumulated as a result of hardware used in information technology;

   "information technology" means the science of collecting and using information by means of computer systems and refers to computers, ancillary or peripheral equipment such as printers and scanners, software and firmware services including support services, and related resources and includes any equipment or interconnected systems that are used in the acquisition, storage, manipulation or processing, management, movement, control, display, transmission or reception of data or information;

   "information technology survey" means an operation in which enumerations, inspections, studies, examinations, reviews, inquiries or analysis are carried out to collect or gather information and data on matters related to information technology;

   "member" means a member of the Board of Directors appointed under section 7;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for information technology.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT, OBJECTS, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AUTHORITY, UGANDA.

3.   Establishment of the Authority.

   (1) There is established an autonomous body known as the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA—U).

   (2) The Authority shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, and shall be capable of suing and being sued in its corporate name and, subject to this Act, may borrow money, acquire and dispose of property and do or suffer any other thing a body corporate may lawfully do or suffer.

   (3) The Authority shall be an agency of Government and shall be under the general supervision of the Minister.

4.   Objects of the Authority.

   The objects of the Authority are—

   (a)   to provide high quality information technology services to Government;

   (b)   to promote standardisation in the planning, acquisition, implementation, delivery, support and maintenance of information technology equipment and services, to ensure uniformity in quality, adequacy and reliability of information technology usage throughout Uganda;

   (c)   to provide guidance and other assistance as may be required to other users and providers of information technology;

   (d)   to promote cooperation, coordination and rationalisation among users and providers of information technology at national and local level so as to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure optimal utilisation of scarce resources;

   (e)   to promote and be the focal point of cooperation for information technology users and providers at regional and international levels; and

   (f)   to promote access to and utilisation of information technology by the special interest groups.

5.   Functions of the Authority.

   The functions of the Authority are—

   (a)   to provide first level technical support and advice for critical Government information technology systems including managing the utilisation of the resources and infrastructure for centralised data centre facilities for large systems through the provision of specialised technical skills;

   (b)   to identify and advise Government on all matters of information technology development, utilisation, usability, accessibility and deployment including networking, systems development, information technology security, training and support;

   (c)   to co-ordinate, supervise and monitor the utilisation of information technology in the public and private sectors;

   (d)   to regulate and enforce standards for information technology hardware and software equipment procurement in all Government Ministries, departments, agencies and parastatals;

   (e)   to create and manage the national databank, its inputs and outputs;

   (f)   to set, monitor and regulate standards for information technology planning, acquisition, implementation, delivery, support, organisation, sustenance, disposal, risk management, data protection, security and contingency planning;

   (g)   to regulate the electronic signature infrastructure and other related matters as used in el

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