At least 450 positions have not yet been filled at the Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) following job adverts in the media and the subsequent interviews conducted.
The revealation was made on Thursday just days after I emerged that the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja is investigating the authority’s executive director Allen Kagina over accusations of firing the entire staff and replacing them with his relatives and allies.
UNRA’s director of human resources Jennifer Kaggwa told parliament Committee on Statutory Authorities and state Enterprises chaired by Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu yesterday that among the positions for which UNRA is seeking suitably qualified Ugandans are financial auditors, measurement engineers, weighbridge controllers and road reserve enforcement officers.
Others are engineers for bridges, transport planners, procurement officers, officer works and supplies and investigation officers, land acquisition officers, administration officers, security officers, safeguard officers, monitoring officers, geotechnical engineers and GIS officers, among others.
Justice Irene Mulyagonja is reportedly investigating claims that top jobs advertised at the UNRA have been given to allies, relatives and friends of Kagina.
The investigations follow a petition submitted by a whistle-blower in August to the IGG in which it is alleged that Kagina was recruiting close friends she worked with at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), many of who come from her region.
One of the new recruits, Ms Mary Kutesa, who is director of the legal directorate, announced that UNRA plans to increase staff from the current 1,400 to 1,800 to absorb some of the 4,000 candidates who were interviewed for jobs at UNRA.
On September 29, 2015, Kagina announced that the entire staff of the organisation had been summarily dismissed which according to the whistle blower was in violation of Uganda’s labour laws and in total disregard of the International Labour Organisation standards to which Uganda is a party.
In September last year, Kagina said the sacking of the entire staff of UNRA was the climax of a massive restructuring exercise which began with her appointment as executive director of UNRA in April 2015.