Suppliers panic over Unra dissolution, fear non-payment

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UNRA ED Allen Kagina on a road construction site

Suppliers who have been working with Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] have expressed concern about how they will be paid after a recent Cabinet decision to rationalise agencies of Government the

objective of which is to reorganise public administration, promote efficiency, and reduce public expenditure.

According to a statement released by Mark Ssali, the UNRA Head of Public and Corporate Affairs, UNRA assured the suppliers that the implementation of the Cabinet decision is not immediate based on the communication by the Ministry of Public Service.

“The timing and modalities of implementation will be communicated in due course. In the meantime, UNRA would like to assure all suppliers, Project Affected Persons (PAPs), contractors and consultants as well as the public that services at UNRA continue as normal,” UNRA said.

It further assured suppliers that payments and contracts will continue to be honoured.

“This is to assure the general public that UNRA continues to operate in the same business-like manner as always, to ensure that all its stakeholders are served in the best way possible.”

It added: “All UNRA services and offices across the country remain open.”

UNRA also condemned all forms of messages carried over social media and other media publications seeking to misrepresent the existing circumstances.

“It is counterproductive. UNRA continues with its mandate, undeterred by such misrepresentations. We remain committed to our mission: “To Efficiently Develop and Maintain a Safe and Sustainable National Road Network for the Economic Development of Uganda”.”

Agencies under the Accountability Sector approved to be merged;

  1. Insurance Regulatory Authority, Uganda Retirement Benefits
  2. Regulatory Authority and Uganda Microfinance Regulatory Authority merged to create specialized directorates for nonbank supervision within the Bank of Uganda.

Agencies under the Trade and Investment Sector approved to b Merged

  • Uganda Investment Authority,
  • Enterprise Uganda FoundationLimited
  • Uganda Free Zone Authority merged to create specialized departments under the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.
  • Uganda Exports Promotion Board should be collapsed into a department under the Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives.

Agencies under the Tourism and Wildlife Sector to be merged;

  • Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Trust (UWECT),
  • Uganda Tourist Board (UTB)
  • Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary should be collapsed into specialized departments under the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and

Agencies under the Education Sector to be merged

  • National Council of Higher Education, National Curriculum Development and Directorate of Industrial Training should be merged into one Council.

Agencies across the Health, Public Management, and Agriculture

Sectors to be merged

  • National Animal Genetic Resource Center and Data Bank (NAGRIC) and the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) should be merged under Policy and Administration, but create separate departments to handle specialized areas.
  • Uganda Cancer Institute and Uganda Heart Institute should be merged and returned to Mulago Specialized Hospital asDirectorates and staff Salaries duly enhanced to retain them.
  • Virus Research Institute, National Chemotherapeutic Research Institute, and Joint Clinical Research Center should be merged under the Uganda National Health Research Organization.
  • Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council, Allied Health Professional Council, Medical and Dental Practitioners Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda should be merged to create one council with specialized departments to handle specialized areas.

Agencies under the Public Sector Management; Lands, Housing and Urban Development and Accountability to be merged;

  • National Population Council, Economic Policy and Research Centre merged to integrate the functions of both autonomous and Semi-autonomous planning Agencies and Boards into the National Planning Authority.
  • National Physical Planning and Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority should be merged into a department under the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

Public Service Commission, Health Service Commission,

  • Education Service Commission, approved to be merged into one Public Service Commission with specialized Departments to handle Public Servants under respective specialized areas.

Agencies to be merged under the Works and Infrastructure Development

  • Uganda National Roads Authority should be collapsed into a department under the Ministry of Works and Transport.

Agencies to be merged under the Ministry of Internal Affairs

  • NIRA
  • Uganda NGO Registration Board

Agencies to be merged under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral

  • Development UEGCL, UETCL, UEDCL and REA

Agencies whose functions are to be mainstreamed back to the sector ministries

Agencies under the Accountability Sector to be mainstreamed back into sector Ministries

  • Non-Performing Assets Recovery Trust;
  • Non-Performing Assets Recovery Tribunal;
  • Departed Asians’ Property Custodian Board
  • National Lotteries Board
  • Uganda Energy Credit and Capitalization Company Limited
  • Uganda Energy Credit and Capitalization Company Limited

Agencies under the Trade and Investment Sector to be mainstreamed

  • Uganda Commodities Exchange
  • The Uganda Warehouse Receipt System Authority

Agencies under the Justice Law and Order Sector to be Mainstreamed

  • Amnesty Commission; National Citizenship and Immigration Control; Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution; Uganda Registrations services Bureau;(M/J&CA)

Agencies under the Public Sector Management to be mainstreamed

  • National Records and Archives Agency;

Agencies under the Agriculture Sector to be Mainstreamed

National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS); Uganda Trypanosomiasis Control Council; Diary Development Authority; Uganda Coffee Development Authority; Uganda Cotton Development Organization; Uganda Livestock Industries Limited; Uganda Seeds Limited

Agencies under the Energy Sector to be Mainstreamed

  • Uganda Atomic Energy Council

Electricity Disputes Tribunal; Agencies under the Education Sector to be Mainstreamed

  • Students Financing Board; National Library of Uganda;

Agencies under the Water and Environment Sector to be Mainstreamed

  • National Forestry Authority; Uganda National Meteorological Authority;

Ministry of Health

  • Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (b) Uganda AIDS Commission.

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development

  • Uganda Land Commission

Ministry of Works and Transport

  • National Roads Safety Boards (b) Transport Licensing Boards (C) Uganda Road Fund.

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