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UCC retained, NITA-U, NIRA affected as govt moves to disband 25 agencies

Peter Kahiigi
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The National Information Technology Authority (NITA-Uganda) and the National Identification & Registration Authority (NIRA) are part of the 25 agencies to be disbanded and merged with other government agencies in a move to prevent duplication of roles and wastage of public resources.

The other is the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology in a decision that was taken by Cabinet on Monday.

However, the Uganda Communication Commission has been retained.

NITA-U, which is mandated to coordinate, promote and monitor Information and Technology developments in Uganda within the context of National Social and Economic Development has been sent back to the parent ICT ministry.

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NIRA, which is mandated to register births and deaths in the country and to develop a National Identification Register for both citizens and legally resident non-citizens, will be downgraded and placed under Internal Affairs ministry.

The move means hundreds of employees will lose their jobs, with the agencies likely to retain only commissioners as their managers.

Others affected are the National Registration Services Bureau, which will revert to the Justice ministry while Uganda National Roads Authority, Uganda Road Fund and Transport Licensing Board will be absorbed by their parent Works and Transport ministry.

The Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries ministry will absorb National Agricultural Advisory Services, Uganda Trypanosomiasis Control Council, Dairy Development Authority, Uganda Coffee Development Authority and the Cotton Development Organisation.

The Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board and Departed Asians Properties Custodian Board, Cabinet agreed, should be under Finance.

Also retained is the Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Uganda National Bureau of Standards and the National Medical Stores alongside most statutory councils.

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