Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) appearing before Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises. (COSASE)
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) led by the Executive Director, Allen Kagina were tasked by the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises to respond to the queries in the Auditor General’s report for financial year 21016/2017.
According to the report, UNRA charged wrong expenditure codes to a tune of 60.5 billion Shillings constituting 3.9 per cent of the total expenditure in the financial year 2016/2017, which constituted 3.9% of the total expenditure. Hon. Munyagwa, the chair of the committee, in his submission noted that mischarges undermine the importance of the budgeting process as well as the intentions of the appropriating authority which results in misleading reports.
Mr Kwesiga the director of finance at UNRA in response acknowledged the mischarge as underlined by the Auditor General. He observed that, of the total amount mischarged, UGX 59.1 billion was used to pay road contractors and UGX 1.3 billion was spent on operational expenses. However, he contested the findings by the Auditor General that stated that the mischarge represented only 2 per cent of the total expenditure.
The committee also highlighted the issue of Headhunting, which is often referred to as Executive Search in Human Resource Management. Hon Ibrahim Kasozi wondered why the Authority would choose to head hunt officers who were previously interdicted from Local Governments. He further noted that COSASE had received information that most of the senior officials at UNRA lacked the experience to expediently execute the task at hand effectively. The committee therefore tasked the Executive Director to come along with the Curriculum Vitae (CVs) of the senior officials at UNRA in their next appearance.
UNRA’s Director Human Resource Ms Jennifer Kaggwa in her response told the committee that the practice of headhunting for staff, was a normal recruitment procedure and noted that in all instances of headhunting, approval from the Authority Board is a prerequisite. She further said that headhunting involves identifying highly-skilled and hard-to-find candidates to fill jobs in an organization. “It is usually undertaken to enable the organization to find key people at the management and specialist level with very specific personal and professional skills,” she said.