President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Allen Catherine Kagina, former Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), to head and clean up filthy Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), The Insider exclusively reports.
Highly placed sources have confirmed to us that Kagina is soon occupying her new office as Executive Director of the roads authority.
Originally, Kagina was supposed to head the Petroleum Authority of Uganda since she had done a course in petroleum studies.
However, the President requested her to help him clean up the scandal-ridden roads authority.
We are told Kagina at first protested the idea but later accepted the offer.
According to the information, she will head UNRA for at least three years where it is hoped that she will make the same miracles and wonders she performed at the then most corrupt revenue authority in the region.
An OG of Gayaza High School, Kagina holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc), obtained from Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest and largest public university.
She also holds the degree of Masters in Public Administration (MPA), obtained from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
She worked at Makerere University, the Office of the President and joined URA in 1992 where she rose from Senior Principal Revenue Officer, Deputy Commissioner for Customs at URA and Commissioner General of URA in 2004.
She was awarded the Corporate Leadership Award in February 2006, by Destiny Consult.
In October 2010 her contract was renewed for another three years on a monthly salary of Shs 28m.
Transferring URA expertise to clean up sick UNRA
Museveni on many occasions lauded Kagina for the wonderful work done at URA.
In the last 10 years, URA raised tax collections by 317 percent to last year’s Sh 8.05tn.
Tax contribution to the national budget rose from 54% to 85% during her tenure.
She is the force behind a broader tax base, enhanced tax compliance, administrative efficiency, extensive personnel expertise, and growing confidence amongst the population.
Messed up by former URA boss, Elly Rwakakoko, Kagina picked the authority from ruins amid the Julia Sebutinde Commission of inquiry and reorganised it to what it is today.
After her hand over to the current Commissioner General, Doris Akol, in October 2014, Members of Parliament led by Bulamogi County MP, Hon. Kenneth Lubogo, hailed Ms Kagina for transforming URA into an organization that has realized revenue collection from Ugshs1.92 trillion in 2004 to Ugshs8.03 trillion in 2014.
At UNRA, Kagina is poised to make a massive restructuring to improve the tainted image of the roads authority that is prone to mega scandals.
Last year, UNRA governing board was forced to suspend senior staff, including the acting executive director, Eng. Ssebugga Kimeze, director for planning, Eng. David Luyimbazi, Joe Ssemugooma, the director for finance over the 74km Mukono-Katosi road fraud.
The group was accused of paying Shs 24.7bn to a ghost American firm through Housing Finance Bank.
The company claiming to be Eutaw Construction Company from the US won the Shs 165b road project.
This is the sort of thing that prompted the President to bring Kagina in UNRA.
She is expected to use her ability to transform UNRA into a more efficient institution.
Her task will be reducing bureaucracy and misappropriation of funds characteristic of most authorities and government departments.