Kagina writes to UNRA staff over planned government sacking

Government says it will be saving Shs1 trillion each year in overhead expenses

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) executive director, Ms Allen Kagina. FILE PHOTO 



The executive director of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Allen Kagina has written to her staff members calling for calm following Cabinet decision to scrap several government agencies which has created uncertainty among the affected public servants.
Information Minister Frank Tumwebaze on Tuesday told journalists in Kampala that government will be saving Shs1 trillion each year in overhead expenses following a Cabinet decision to scrap and or merge up to 71 semi-autonomous agencies.

UNRA, which under the intended restructuring, is returning to the mother Works ministry as a Department, currently employs 1,700 people.

READ: Government firing thousands to save Shs1t a year

It is headed by Ms Kagina and has various directors, managers and other senior staff whose jobs now hang in balance because there are no corresponding vacancies at the parent ministry or there are already employees in place doing similar jobs.
On September 11, 2018, Ms Kagina wrote to all UNRA staff members, calling for calm and commitment to their duties as they await for government to communicate the timing and implementation timelines.

“Following my last communication to you on the cabinet decision to rationalise agencies of government and following the communication from the minister of Information Technology and Communication at Media Centre today, 11 2018, this is to let you know that Cabinet has decided that functions of UNRA should be taken back to the Ministry of Works. UNRA is only one of the many institutions that are reverting back to the mother ministries. The objective of merging agencies is to streamline public administration and supervision and reduce public expenditure,” read part of the email.

She further noted that: “I believe government will communicate the timing and implementation timelines. 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will not happen in the short run as most of the institutions affected were set up by Acts of Parliament and can only be repealed by another Act. In the meantime colleagues I continue to urge you to remain calm and committed to your assignments and work as hard as you've been doing.”

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