UNDER SPOTLIGHT: UNRA Executive Director Allen Kagina.

Uganda National Roads Authority strongwoman, Allen Kagina who many considered untouchable has been sent parking with a host of others in the ongoing disbandment and rearranging of government agencies.

UNRA which Kagina headed was the biggest beneficiary of the national budget Shs3.2 trillion in the 2018/2019.
Cabinet yesterday approved the recommendations and implementation plan for the rationalization of government agencies, commissions and authorities.

According cabinet spokesperson who doubles as the Minister for ICT Frank Tumwebaze, the rationalization process covered 153 agencies, commissions and Authorities and it is expected to increase efficiency and also save government about Shs1 trillion.

In a meeting was chaired by president Museveni, ministers resolved that the disbanding or merging dozens of government agencies will align the functions, structures, plans and budgets of government institutions based on national strategic goals and priorities for efficiency in the provision of public service.

“Government is streamlining and removing the layers of administration however agencies will keep their technical functions, we want a lean and effective government,” he said.
Tumwebaze said agencies have been taking about 37 per cent of the entire national wage bill, therefore, if one was a very good Executive Director in an agency, he will be on as a commissioner in a ministry.
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Press Statement
Tumwebaze said disparity on supervision by the ministries; varying salaries are among critical reasons for resolving and retaining of government agencies.
Ministry of Public Service Permanent Secretary, Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire noted that there is also the option of re-designation and therefore, one can easily be re-designated into another position as commissioner in any given government agency. Eagle Online broke this story and for further reference click https://eagle.co.ug/2018/08/31/cabinet-approves-disbandment-of-unra.html

“UNRA is among those agencies that will be absorbed into Ministry of Works. However some agencies have been retained for certain reasons, for instance if it is a money making agency, for example new vision which are also involved in various trainings,” she said.
Dissolved agencies.

Uganda National Roads Authority
Uganda Road Fund
Uganda Railways Corporation
Transport Licensing Board
Uganda Registration Services Bureau
Uganda Electricity Generation Co Limited
Uganda electricity Transmission Co Limited
Uganda Electricity Distribution Co Limited
Rural Electrification Agency
Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board
Departed Asians Properties Custodian Board
National Agricultural Advisory Services Org
Uganda Trypanosomiasis Control Council
Dairy Development Authority
Uganda Coffee Development Authority
Cotton Development Organisation
National Identification & Reg Authority NGO Bureau
National Information Technology Authority
Uganda Aids Commission
National Drug Authority
Uganda Blood Transfusion Services
Uganda Industrial Research Institute
Uganda National Council for Scie & Tech
Uganda Land Commission

Retained Agencies

Kampala Capital City Authority
Uganda Communication Commission
Uganda National Bureau of Standards
Uganda Bureau of Statistics
National Medical Stores