The former Executive Director of the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), James Saaka, is dead.
“It is with profound shock and sadness that we announce that James Saaka, our former ED, has passed away. We extend our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to James’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this most difficult time. Rest In Power, James” NITA-U confirmed in a tweet.
Saaka is said to have died Wednesday at Mulago National Referral Hospital where he had been admitted for medical attention.
During his 10-year tenure, Government completed all four phases of the National Backbone Infrastructure (ICT backbone), laying 4,000 kilometres of Fiber. extending to 49 districts and connecting 480 Government offices.
The recently launched last mile project will connect 1,000 more sites across 58 districts to the network is underway.
The seven major border posts of Uganda with its neighbouring countries have all been connected to the ICT backbone thus facilitating regional integration, cooperation, communication, and trade with our neighbouring countries.
In July 2020, the Minister of ICT & National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba appointed Dr. Hatwib Mugasa as the new Executive Director for the National Information Technology Authority Uganda replacing James Saaka.
Saaka’s term at NITA -U officially ended in August 2020.
Mr.James Saaka, the Late now, held a BSc and an MSc. in Computer Science from University of Vladimir Polytechnic Institute, (Soviet Union).
He became Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) in 2004.
Mr Saaka attended numerous training and workshops in IT Management and Strategy, Leadership, Information Security, IT Technology etc.
In August 2010, Mr. Saaka joined the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) as Executive Director.
Mr. Saaka had over 15 years of IT Management, with expertise in Information Security, IT Strategy, and Business Services Management.
He joined NITA-U from Shell International B.V., where he spent 12 years from July 1998 until July 2010.
From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Saaka was the Business Services Manager for IT Strategy & Information Security Compliance for the Shell Group, based in The Hague, the Netherlands.
From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Saaka was the Information Security Manager for Shell operations in Africa, based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Under his leadership, for the first time, the entire Shell Africa operations that operated in 27 countries across Africa achieved Information Security compliance to international standards.
From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Saaka was the IT Manager for Shell Uganda / Rwanda.
From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Saaka worked as the Computer Services Manager for Pan World Insurance Co.
Mr. Saaka started his career in Bank of Uganda as a Systems Analyst from 1993 until 1995.