Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA returned 3.4 billion shillings
to the consolidated fund at the end of the 2018/2019 financial year.
UNRA head of finance and Accounts, Kwesiga Brazza explains that
the authority failed to spend 3.4 billion shillings due to failure to recruit
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According to a report of the Accountant General, Lawrence Ssemakula,
UNRA was expected to spend 1.8 billion shillings on salaries for contract staff
and shillings 1.3 billion on insurance in UNRA’s development budget. However,
these funds, amounting to shillings 3.4 billion were unspent by the end of the
Kwesiga confirmed that UNRA returned the money because it stopped
recruiting staff last September when cabinet published a new structure to merge
authorities and agencies.
In the new structure, approved on September 8, 2018, UNRA would become a department
in the Ministry of Works and Transport and it would be headed by a
commissioner. Currently, UNRA is a semi-autonomous authority headed by an
Executive Director-Allen Kagina.
Following the news of restructuring, Kagina wrote to staff, noting that
she did not expect the decision will happen in the short run as “most of the
affected institutions were set up by Acts of Parliament and can only be
repealed by another Act.”
However, Kwesiga says that management took a decision not to
recruit any more staff, pending the implementation of the new structure.
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In 2017/2018 report of the Auditor General, it was noted that UNRA
returned shillings 2.9 billion to the Consolidated Fund out of shillings 2.3
The Auditor-General noted that failure to utilize funds in a
timely manner implies weaknesses in cash flow planning which impacts on the
delivery of planned interventions and associated outputs.
The report, however, indicated that UNRA management attributed the failure to
spend the funds to late release from Uganda Road Fund.
UNRA explained that the
shillings 2.9 billion that was returned as part of shillings 1.8 billion that
was received on 26th June 2018, three days to the end of the financial year.
Also, much of the returned funds were received in May 2018 and therefore, UNRA had
insufficient time to fully utilize the released funds.