Kagina writes to staff over Unra fate

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Allen Catherine Kagina

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) executive director, Allen Kagina, has written to staff following a Cabinet decision that scraps the roads authority and several other state agencies.

UNRA will revert to the ministry of Works and Transport as a Department.

It is not clear what will happen to the 1,700 people the roads authority has been employing.

The news has since spread panic among staff who are employed in the affected agencies.

In an email dated September 11, 2018, Kagina told UNRA staff to keep calm and committed to their duties until government officially communicates.

“Following my last communication to you on the cabinet decision to rationalise agencies of government and following the communication from the minister of Information Technology and Communication at Media Centre today, 11 2018, this is to let you know that Cabinet has decided that functions of UNRA should be taken back to the Ministry of Works,” Kagina wrote.

She said UNRA is only one of the many institutions that are reverting back to the mother ministries.

The objective of merging agencies is to streamline public administration and supervision and reduce public expenditure, she explained.

“I believe government will communicate the timing and implementation timelines. I expect that this will not happen in the short run as most of the institutions affected were set up by Acts of Parliament and can only be repealed by another Act.”

She added: “In the meantime colleagues I continue to urge you to remain calm and committed to your assignments and work as hard as you have been doing.”

ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze said government will save Shs1trn each year after merging the redundant agencies that have been wasting resources.

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