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UNRA, NIRA to be Merged with Mother Ministries

UNRA Executive Director Allen Kagina addressing a press briefing recently


The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has been returned to Ministry of Works where it will be a department run by a Commissioner.

National Information and Registration Authority (NIRA) returns to the Ministry of Internal Affairs while the National Forestry Authority goes to the Ministry of Water and Environment.

This is part of the restructuring of government institutions as advised by President Museveni recently.

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The new structure was revealed on Tuesday by Information Minister Hon Frank Tumwebaze as he read out conclusions of the Cabinet that sat on September 8, 2018.

Tumwebaze said the merger of government agencies with Ministries is aimed at “liberating resources” and harmonizing salary structures.

Permanent Secretary Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire confirmed at the same press conference at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala that “The agencies have been taking about 37 percent of the entire national wage bill.”

Some of the agencies allowed to continue operating independently include the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) which private-sector led and raises its own money to sustain its operations.

Others include the National Water and Sewerage Corporation, a profitable and well managed organisation.

Tumwebaze said, “If you are a very good Executive Director in an agency we would not like to lose you, we shall take you on as a Commissioner in a Ministry.”

He, however, added that, “It is not good to have public service officials to have (varying salaries).”

This means all the Executive Directors of the affected agencies will be turned into commissioners and paid the same amount of money.

On implementation of the Cabinet decisions, Tumwebaze said “it will not take effect tomorrow…the merger will take effect when the legal framework has been harmonized.”

On job losses, Tumwebaze emphasised: “Certainly the restructuring will abolish some jobs, but it will also create some more jobs. If you remove the duplicated functions, you will create some more.”

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