A proposal from government to merge some ministries, departments and agencies that perform similar roles continues to draw mixed reactions from stakeholders.
Government this year argued that the merger of entities that perform related tasks will save public resources and cure the problem of duplication.
However, the heads of some of these institutions that are earmarked for merging have called for caution and careful study before a final decision is made.
The latest is Uganda National Roads Authority executive director, Allen Kagina, whose organisation is set to be merged with ministry of Works and Transport.
Kagina has called for a cost benefit analysis to find out whether money will be saved through the merger.
“A need to actually do a cost benefit analysis per entity to find out, is this one giving us value for money or not is required,” she said when she met MPs from Buganda to update them about infrastructural projects in the sub region.
Kagina wondered how some people had arrived to a conclusion that some entities need to be merged.
She, however, agreed with the view that there is wastage of public resources in some institutions but not all.
“Some of us duplicate, some of us don’t deliver as we are supposed to. But whether that applies to every institution is a question in my mind,” she said.
Kagina assumed the leadership of UNRA in May, 1, 2015 after heading Uganda Revenue Authority where she had served for 10 years.
She said her experience gives her confidence that once UNRA is entrusted to continue with its operations, the road construction and maintenance body would shape and better the country’s road network under UNRA which totals about 21,010km.
“I say this because I have been in this institution for six years now. I know where we came from and I know what we have delivered in these six short years,” she said.
Bukoto Central MP, Richard Ssebamala, said they agree with Kagina’s view that UNRA has performed well and should not be merged.
“118 of us are going to stand in unison to make sure that UNRA is not merged. The problem is not UNRA, it is the procurement laws and those who interfere with her activities by making enormous calls. Let UNRA do its work,” said Ssebamala.
Katikamu North Legislator Denis Ssekabira attributed UNRA perceived underperformance to underfunding.
“We had the ministry of Works responsible for all this infrastructure and it was not yielding results. That is why UNRA was created, but now they are looking at merging thinking that UNRA is not performing. I would therefore advise the government to streamline the procurement laws, the big wigs in the government should not influence who gets the contract. The merger is not a good idea,” Ssekabira said.