Kagina lays off 50 more UNRA staff

Wednesday September 16 2015

By PATIENCE AHIMBISIBWE

Kampala. The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) executive director, Ms Allen Kagina, has asked 58 staff to leave the roads agency hardly three months after 80 senior managers were shown the exit.
“Some of these people were redundant,” Ms Kagina said, adding that, “a new structure has been approved. We have been going through a difficult time. Our name has been ruined. We want to put that history behind.”
The affected are mainly employees from the IT, procurement, weigh bridges and axle road departments.
Although Ms Kagina confessed that they are few workers at the agency, she explained that the exercise was also aimed at retiring those whose contracts could not be renewed.
The new structure will have the anti-corruption component to encourage integrity and ethics.
The authority has also outsourced Uganda Revenue Authority to handle IT and weighbridges while Kampala Capital City Authority will deal with their procurement services.
Under the new structure, the staffing will increase from the current 1,000 to 1,600 and this will include new units such as designing roads and supervision.
“We want to attract investors but what you see at UNRA today is not good. They will run away. We are very expensive as a country and one of the reasons that makes a road expensive is corruption and bureaucracy,” Ms Kagina told Daily Monitor.
“We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with KCCA and URA and the procurement processes so far are faster,” Ms Kagina added.

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In June, UNRA board chaired by Ms Agnes Kyiryabwire gave Ms Allen Kagina, the executive director, a green light to fire 80 staff including the director for human resources, head of internal audit, procurement manager, regional manager for special projects and director of communications.

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