By Max Patrick Ocaido
The Minister of Finance has appointed Dr. Eng. Andrew G. Naimanye as Acting Executive Director of Uganda Road Fund.
This appointment that takes effect 1st November 2019 follows recommendation of the Fund Management Board. Eng. Naimanye takes over from Dr. Eng. Michael Odongo who has retired after 10years of service since the Fund’s inception in 2010.
According to section 19 of the URF Act, 2008, the Executive Director shall hold office for five years and is eligible for re-appointment for one more term. Section 17 of the same Act however says that the Executive Director shall be appointed by the Minister on the recommendation of the Board and shall perform such functions as the Board may direct or delegate to him or her.
Dr. Eng. Andrew Naimanye was educated at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) as a Civil Engineer/Transport Planner; graduating with a BEng, an MSc and a PhD in Economics. He also holds an MBA (Finance) and undertook both his 'Ordinary' and 'Advanced' Level education at King's College, Budo. He is a UK Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Registered Engineer (REng) in Uganda.
As the pioneer Head of Programs at Uganda Road Fund for the last 10 years, Dr. Eng. Andrew Naimanye has overseen Road Maintenance Work plans Financing amounting to Shs3.2trillion.
Before joining the Road Fund, he worked in UK for 12 years for various FTSE listed Civil Engineering consultancy firms rising up to Associate Director at Waterman Group.
Dr. Eng. Andrew Naimanye’s temporal appointment comes as the Board is still in search for a substantive Executive Director to replace Dr. Eng. Odongo.
In September, URF Procurement unit issued public adverts inviting applications from qualified candidates to replace Eng Odongo as Executive Director. Whereas the applications are currently still under review, sources say that the recruitment process is ‘likely’ to hit a snag and it is the reason Dr. Eng. Andrew Naimanye has been temporarily appointed.
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Uganda Road Fund has a duty to finance the implementation of the Annual Road Maintenance Programmes that are carried out by the Uganda National Roads Authority, Kampala Capital City Authority and the other designated roads agencies responsible for District, Urban and Community Access Roads.