Uganda Investments Authority has said the recent restructuring process that has seen some top directors get sacked is aimed at helping the Authority and Uganda at large reach its economic goals including being the best investment destination in the world.
The UIA Board Chairman Emely Kugonza while addressing the press at a conference today at the UIA head offices said the board together with the ministry of Finance came to the decision to restructure most of the staff at UIA early this year as a way to help the board achieve its 5-year strategic plan targets which include creating over 1 million jobs by 2021.
“The structuring that is happening at UIA is an ongoing process; we started with directors and deputy directors and we will soon go down on the other employees. This is mainly focused on expansion of the authority, realignment of existing UIA staff into the new structure and recruitment of new stuff if possible,” Kugonza explained.
However, the chairman explained that the directors and any other employee that would be sacked will be given an opportunity to reapply for any of the vacant positions.
“UIA would like to inform the public that the restructuring process which started on 4th April is being carried out with utmost transparency and fairness,” he said.
“For all positions that will fall vacant, we have started on internal advertisement and all our staff including those that have been given termination letters are encouraged to apply.”
He added that external advertising will be conducted when their staff doesn’t fill the available posts.
The Executive Director UIA Jolly Kaguhangire said the exercise will see an increase in the number of employees at UIA.
“In the old structure we had 68 employees; after the restructuring, we will have 134 employees who will be competent and able to help the Authority achieve its targets of making Uganda profitable for investment, business and also a land of entrepreneurial and innovative people,” Kaguhangire said.