The board chairperson of UNRA Fred Omach, works minister Monica Azuba and Kagina after the launch of UNRA Regulations 2017 in Kyambogo. Photo by Wilfred Sanya
The executive director of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has saved Government from spending sh6b on a consultancy firm that had proposed to draft three regulations that sought to operationalise the implementation of road works.
According to Allen Kagina, the consultant wanted sh6b, but when she took charge at UNRA, she decided to execute the project in-house at sh200m.
The UNRA Act was enacted in 2006, but for over a decade, the regulations to operationalise the law were not in enforce.
Kagina explained that the delay to draft these regulations has been occasioned by the problematic red tape process that at one time saw the consultants request for sh6b to draft the regulations.
Instead of paying the consultant sh6b, Kagina said, UNRA co-opted an in-house team, which worked closely with the first parliamentary council in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, to draft the regulations at sh200m, including benchmarking trips in Ethiopia and South African.
“It has been long overdue. Red tape is a killer. The UNRA Act was enacted in 2006, and it took over 10 years to come up with these regulations. How do you run an organisation without regulations? Some consultants wanted sh6b. However, our in-house team has taken six months to come up with these regulations, and we have saved money. They did the work at sh200m,” she said.
Speaking at the launch of the regulations today at UNRA offices in Kyambogo, works minister, Eng. Monicah Azuba Ntege said, the new regulations will be implemented starting, January 1, 2018.
The regulations provide a number of penalties for road users, especially those who encroach on road reserves.