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Kagina takes over as road’s authority boss

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Ms Allen Kagina
Ms Allen Kagina

Former Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority, Allen Catherine Kagina has been appointed the Executive Director Uganda National Roads Authority.

The UNRA Spokesperson, Dan Alinange, twitted: “The Minister of Works and Transport has appointed Mrs Allen Kagina. The board of directors and staff of UNRA congratulate Mrs Allen Kagina on this appointment. We welcome her.”

Alinange also sent out a press release about the appointment (see press release below).

Kagina who headed the tax authority for over ten years has been praised for her excellent performance which is attributed to the widened tax base.

She also takes over UNRA at the time when the roads body is involved many scandals and the most recent being the Mukono- Katosi road where government lost billions of shillings in the fraudulent procurement process.

She replaces Eng. Ssebugga Kimeeze who has been in acting capacity. Kagina had earlier been appointed by President Museveni in December last year but there are reports that UNRA board resisted her appointment.

However, according to sources, the president held several meetings with the board before her appointment was announced today.

Brief on Kagina

Kagina succeeded the now deceased Annebrit Aslund, a Swedish expatriate, after Stephen Akabwai acted as commissioner general on an interim basis between July-October 2004. Ghanaian tax expert Edward Larbi Siaw and Ugandan Elly Rwakakoko also served as commissioner generals.

Kagina started out as a teaching assistant at Makerere University in 1985 before moving to the Office of the President. In 1992, she joined the newly formed URA as Senior Principal Revenue Officer, until 1998.
In 2000, she was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner for Customs at URA until 2001. She was appointed Commissioner General of URA in 2004.

During her tenure she was awarded the Corporate Leadership Award in February 2006, for turning around the performance of the tax body since her appointment.In October 2010 her contract was renewed for another three years.

PRESS RELEASE
APPOINTMENT OF A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Hon. Minister of Works and Transport Eng. John Byabagambi in exercising the powers vested in him by Section 18 (1) of the UNRA Act 2006 and on recommendation of the Board of Directors of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has appointed Mrs. Allen Catherine Kagina as the Executive Director of UNRA with effect from 1st May 2015.
Mrs. Kagina previously served as Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) from 2004-2014. She is credited with turning around the performance of the tax body and has been recorganised by a number of institutions, including the Parliament of Uganda, for transforming URA into a reputable Government organisation. UNRA and the Road Sector in general will benefit from Mrs. Kagina’s managerial experience.
The Board of Directors and Staff of UNRA wish to congratulate Mrs. Kagina on this new appointment and welcome her.
Dan Kitakule Alinange
Head, Corporate Communications
Uganda National Roads Authority
+256 772 432832 +256 781147331

 

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