Kagina Appeals for Calm as Restructuring Triggers Uncertainty at UNRA

UNRA Executive Director Allen Kagina addressing a press briefing recently

The Executive Director of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Allen Kagina has urged her staff to “remain calm” after government announced plans to turn the authority into a department that would be headed by a Commissioner.

ChimpReports understands that UNRA employees expressed fear for their jobs ahead of the restructuring exercise.

But in a memo sent at 9:00pm on Sept. 11, Kagina told staff that “UNRA is only one of the many institutions that are reverting back to mother ministries.”

Other affected agencies include URSB, ERA and NIRA, among others.

She said the “objective of merging agencies is to streamline public administration and supervision and reduce public expenditure.”

In a comforting tone, Kagina appealed to UNRA staff that government would “communicate the timing and implementation timelines,” adding, “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will not happen in the short run as most of the institutions affected were set up by Acts of Parliament and can only be repealed by another Act.”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 assignment s and work as hard as you have been doing. I will as I get more information continue to update you.”

Information Minister Hon Frank Tumwebaze on Tuesday said Cabinet approved the recommendations and implementation plan for the rationalization of Agencies, Commissions and Authorities.

“The rationalization is among others required to align functions, structures, plans and budget of government institutions based on National strategic goals and priorities for efficiency in provision of public services,” he said.

Asked to explain how the employees of the merged and collapsed agencies would be absorbed, Tumwebaze explained that the Executive Directors of the agencies and authorities, merged with the mother ministries, would become Commissioners in their respective ministries.

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