Stakeholders are divided over the government’s intention to consolidate various ministries, departments, and organizations that perform comparable functions.
This year, the government argued that merging entities that perform related duties would save money and eliminate redundancy.
However, the leaders of some of the institutions that are slated to merge have urged prudence and thorough research before making a final decision.
The most recent is Allen Kagina, the executive director of the Uganda National Roads Authority, whose organization is due to be combined with the Ministry of Works and Transport.
Kagina has requested a cost-benefit analysis to see whether the merger will save money.
When she met with MPs from Buganda to brief them on infrastructural developments in the subregion, she said, “There is a need to genuinely undertake a cost benefit analysis every entity to find out, is this one giving us value for money or not.”
Kagina was perplexed as to how some people came to the opinion that some entities should be merged.
She did, however, concur with the viewpoint that some organizations, but not all, waste public money.
“Some of us duplicate, and others fail to provide as promised. But whether that applies to all institutions is something I’m not sure about,” she remarked.
Kagina took over as UNRA’s president on May 1, 2015, after ten years as the head of Uganda Revenue Authority.
She expressed her optimism that, if UNRA is given the go-ahead to continue its operations, the road building and maintenance agency will shape and improve the country’s road network, which totals roughly 21,010 kilometers.
“I say this because I’ve been in this facility for the past six years. “I know where we came from and what we’ve accomplished in just six years,” she remarked.
Richard Ssebamala, the Bukoto Central MP, said they agree with Kagina that UNRA has done well and should not be merged.
“All 118 of us are standing together to ensure that UNRA does not merge. The issue isn’t UNRA; it’s procurement laws and people who try to stifle her efforts by making large phone calls. “Let UNRA do its job,” Ssebamala remarked.
UNRA’s apparent underperformance, according to Katikamu North Legislator Denis Ssekabira, is due to underfunding.
“We had the Ministry of Works in charge of all of this infrastructure, and it was failing miserably. That is why UNRA was established, but they are now considering combining because UNRA is underperforming. As a result, I would advise the government to simplify procurement laws; government officials should not be able to influence who obtains the contract. Ssekabira stated, “The merger is not a smart idea.”