Museveni lauds Kagina for fighting UNRA thieves

President Yoweri Museveni has praised the management of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) headed by Allen Kagina for fighting fraud in the roads sector.

President Museveni made the remarks on Friday while commissioning the Jinja-Kamuli road.

“The 58-kilometre road was built by our own funds,” Museveni said.

The president pledged to build more roads with more of government finances and less donor support.

“The government will construct more roads in Busoga and also provide a ferry,” he said at a function attended by Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Cecilia Ogwal, the Member of Parliament for the Dokolo District Women’s Constituency.

He thanked the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) for fighting fraud.

“I thank the new UNRA management for fighting fraud. They are very intolerant to thieves.”

He added: “We shall have value for road construction money.”

Museveni appointed Kagina the executive director of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) on 27 April 2015.

Kagina says she found fear, scandal and high-handedness at UNRA but with God’s grace, she has turned the roads authority around.

She recently appeared in news being investigated by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) for firing all the staff and started hiring her relatives and allies as soon as she assumed office last year.

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.

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