Eng. Wekesa John Wambogo
After the UPDF restoring peace and security in the country, the Government under the wise
stewardship of His Excellency the President embarked on programs geared at
improving people’s household incomes. In 2015, after the President realizing
that despite the interventions, there was slow social economic transformation
amongst Ugandans, he decided to deploy the military through Operation Wealth
Creation (OWC) to reinforce already existing government structures to transform
subsistence farmers into commercial farmers for accelerated and sustainable
national Socio-economic development. Accordingly, Gen.
SALEM SALEH was appointed as the Chief Coordinator of the operation. The
appointment of General Salim Saleh (Rtd) was spot-on because he has lived a
life of sacrifices just for the betterment of Ugandans. From sacrifices in the
bush to save Ugandans of tyrannical governments to economic sacrifices to
transform the Ugandan society.
The operation is progressing well and it’s a matter of time that its fruits will be realized. However, a lot of data is generated as a result of the operation’s routine actions and activities which range from mobilization of farmers, identification and registration of beneficiaries, distribution of inputs, types and quantities of inputs supplied among others. Of recent, the manual management of the big volumes of data had become a problem.
In 2016, when I was appointed as the Director ICT of OWC, I embarked on an in-house development of software applications aimed at electronic management of the big volumes of data for improved performance. I am glad that in a period of less than one year, the ICT Directorate has developed state of the art Information Management Systems which have greatly improved the performance of OWC. Our field officers no longer need to travel to Kampala to deliver reports; instead, they transmit them in real time through our online reporting system. OWC top management can now make quick and informed decisions based on information provided by the timely reports. More fascinating is the fact that by a mere click of a computer button, we can see; when suppliers delivered inputs to any part of the country, who the beneficiaries were, the quantities received by each beneficiary and contacts of the beneficiary etc. The beneficiary contacts help headquarters to verify information submitted in the reports. This system has greatly minimized issues of air supply.
The ICT Directorate has further developed an OWC website reachable on;
The website is used for sharing vital information about the OWC intervention with the general public. The public can now find out what we intend to do, what we currently do and how we do it. The website also provides educational materials about the enterprises we distribute. This is intended to offer our farmers with some on-line extension services. The realization of this OWC Magazine is an additional achievement of the Director of ICT.
OWC anticipates that soon, there will be increased productivity of the strategic crops supported by OWC. At that time, there will be need to provide farmers with market for their produce; else they get frustrated and abandon production. To address this, OWC is moving ahead of time to put in place marketing strategies to cater for the increased productivity. One of the strategies is an internet based electronic commerce platform. Through this platform, farmers shall be able to view markets for their produce on-line. Farmers shall also be able to post/advertise through the on-line platform what they intend to sell. The ICT Directorate is in its final stages of developing this system in-house. Furthermore, the ICT Directorate is working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and other key stakeholders to ensure that our farmers are registered and profiled. Such a register shall enable OWC undertake targeted interventions based on data on farmer status and hence improved OWC performance.
With these achievements in the OWC ICT sector coupled with the discipline, patriotism and determination of our UPDF gallant sons towards the success of this program, I have no doubt whatsoever; the intervention shall deliver its intended objectives.
I am privileged and honored to work with a disciplined force of this kind. A force whose service is above self. A force sacrificing its family and life for nation building. From the Kilak hills in northern Uganda to the Forests of Garamba. From the Forests of Garamba to the hills, slops and valleys of peasant gardens back home in Uganda mobilizing the peasants for improved household incomes. These Comrades have more than ever before motivated me to make use of my expertise in ICT, vast experiences as Lecturer and Presidential Advisor to ensure that this program succeeds.
The loose talk of “soldiers should go back to the barracks” should be no more. Instead, I appeal to my fellow countrymen that instead of bashing the program all the time, let’s put our efforts together, correct any short comings to ensure success of the program.
I conclude by thanking our Chief Coordinator, Gen. Salim Saleh (Rtd) for his continued strategic guidance that has continued to focus this operation. I also thank our Deputy Chief Coordinator, Lt. Gen Charles Angina for his result oriented operational strategies that has enabled the ICT Directorate achieve its set targets within time. I further thank my colleagues the directors and all staff of OWC for their continued support towards the success of the ICT Directorate.
For God and my Country
Wekesa John Wambogo (Eng)
12:51 AM 2/18/2018