To cut wage bill, Uganda falls back on 10-year

The East African - - NEWS -

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

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