By Max Patrico Ocaido
The presidential directive to scrap, downsize and merge government agencies and Authorities will be effected starting this November, the Minister of Public Service Wilson Muruuli Mukasa has said.
During an interview on Tuesday, Minister Mukasa said that the rationale to trim these agencies and departments is to ensure more cost cutting and efficient services in line with the slogan of Kisanja Hakuna Muchezo.
“The ministry of public service and other ministries have been tasked to ensure this process and we are doing it. And by November or may be December, we shall present our proposals to cabinet to fulfil our wish,” Muruuli said.
In a July letter this year, President Yoweri Museveni ordered Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda together with Finance Minister Matia Kasaija to carry out a review of the public service by merging government agencies and authorities in a bid to avoid wastage of meagre resources.
“Why have an agency when you have a department of government dealing with the same area of responsibility? Why have an Authority when you have department of government dealing with the same area of responsibility? Why have Boards for money-consuming units rather than money generating units?” Museveni asked in the letter.
Muruuli Mukasa told the Kampala Post that it is not strange to review systems which have become outdated and no longer prove the desired service. He called for calm from the public saying that those with ‘relevant’ skills will not lose their jobs.
“No one will lose their jobs because when you look at the thrust of vision 2020, we actually need this kind of manpower. So,
those with skills which are relevant will not obviously be thrown away,” he said.
He added, “May be titles of offices may change, work load could also change and the methods of work, but what is important is that we need all these aggregate skills to enable us move to the middle income status. So, I don’t think people need to be unduly worried that they are going to be thrown out.”
Government has of late embarked on effective utilization of its resources to avoid wastage. In a June 13 letter, Dr Rugunda
announced that no government official would be allowed to travel abroad without clearance from his office.
This according to Dr. Rugunda is meant to cut down expenditure on travel abroad.
Consequently, budget on travel abroad for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) was slashed cut.