Plan for pub­lic sec­tor re­form

The East African - - NEWS -

the Uganda Na­tional Roads Au­thor­ity are du­pli­cated in the Depart­ment of Roads and Bridges in the Min­istry of Works and Trans­port and rec­om­mended that it be main­streamed un­der the line min­istry to­gether with Uganda Rail­ways Cor­po­ra­tion, and the stan­dard gauge rail­way.

The gov­ern­ment says that the merg­ers will save close to Ush1 tril­lion ($261 mil­lion), re­duce salary dis­par­i­ties within the civil ser­vice and pro­vide funds to put into other sec­tors. Ac­cord­ing to the Pub­lic Ser­vice Min­istry, agen­cies have been tak­ing about 37 per cent of the en­tire na­tional wage bill which now stands at Ush4.6 tril­lion ($1.2 bil­lion) this fi­nan­cial year.

Uganda's Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Na­tional Guid­ance, Frank Tumwe­baze, told

that this was part of the gov­ern­ment's 10-year pub­lic sec­tor re­forms held once a decade to re­view the efficiency and func­tion­al­ity of gov­ern­ment.

“We shall fol­low a log­i­cal process. Most of these agen­cies are cre­ated by an Act of Par­lia­ment. We will ei­ther amend or re­peal the laws. The Pub­lic Ser­vice Min­istry will have a road map be­tween one and three years but that will not take place be­fore the gov­ern­ment makes a pol­icy pro­nounce­ment,” Mr Tumwe­baze said.

Agen­cies that own as­sets will re­turn them to the sec­tor gov­ern­ment min­istries.

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