A cabinet meeting chaired by President Yoweri Museveni last evening agreed to disband, or merge dozens of government agencies in an ongoing massive reorganisation of government and realignment of functions.
The reforms, first raised by President Museveni last year, also aim to prevent duplication of roles and wastage of public resources.
In a July 2017 letter, President Museveni directed Vice President Edward Ssekandi and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to spearhead review of government agencies that he said were a burden to taxpayers.
“Why have an agency when you have a department of government dealing with the same area of responsibility? Why have an Authority when you have department of government dealing with the same area of responsibility? Why have Boards for money-consuming units rather than money generating units?” he wrote.
Sources that attended yesterday meeting, but declined to be named because Cabinet discussions are confidential, said affected agencies will eitherbe merged or reverted to parent ministry as a subordinate entity.
Nankulu Jenifer Musisi’s KCCA survived but Allen Kagina’s UNRA will be scrapped.
Here are the agencies:
Uganda National Roads Authority
Uganda Road Fund
Uganda Railways Corporation
Transport Licensing Board
Uganda Registration Services Bureau
Uganda Electricity Generation Co Limited
Uganda electricity Transmission Co Limited
Uganda Electricity Distribution Co Limited
Rural Electrification Agency
Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board
Departed Asians Properties Custodian Board
National Agricultural Advisory Services Org
Uganda Trypanosomiasis Control Council
Dairy Development Authority
Uganda Coffee Development Authority
Cotton Development Organisation
National Identification & Reg Authority NGO Bureau
National Information Technology Authority
Uganda Aids Commission
National Drug Authority
Uganda Blood Transfusion Services
Uganda Industrial Research Institute
Uganda National Council for Scie & Tech
Uganda Land Commission
Kampala Capital City Authority
Uganda Communication Commission
Uganda National Bureau of Standards
Uganda Bureau of Statistics
National Medical Stores.