To cut wage bill, Uganda falls back on 10-year
By JONATHAN KAMOGA
IN AN EFFORT TO CUT GOVERNMENT expenditure and stop duplication of roles, Uganda is scrapping some agencies and authorities and merging others.
At least 25 agencies are targeted in the new drive revealed in a draft proposal by the Ministry of Public Service to the Cabinet as a response to a letter by President Yoweri Museveni last year.
In the July 17, 2017 letter to Vice President Edward Ssekanda, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and select Cabinet ministers, President Museveni argued that there should only be two categories of public servants policy makers and money-makers running the few government parastatals.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire told the media that the move to merge and also scrap some agencies and authorities had partly been made inevitable by the need to reduce the national wage bill.
According to the Public Service Ministry, the affected agencies will be those whose mandate has expired, been overtaken by events or whose roles are duplicated.
The medium-term recommendations will be implemented between 2019 and 2022 while the long-term ones will run up to 2028.
The report suggested that the Uganda Investment Authority be merged with the Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda Export Promotion Board, and Enterprise Uganda, and the Uganda Free Zones Authority to create a single entity – the Uganda Development Board under the Ministry of Trade.
The report also noted the functions of