Uganda Tourism agencies absorbed by parent Ministry in major restructuring
The Government of Uganda announced the restructuring of major government agencies carrying out a statement by the Minister of ICT and National Guidence, Frank K. Tumwebaze, throughout a news conference at the Media Mentre in Kampala, on September 11 held, 2018.
This follows a choice to examine the structure of government carrying out a Cabinet meeting chaired by Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni at State House in Entebbe.
The affected tourism agencies are the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC), Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Uganda Wildlife Authority, and Uganda Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary which will be merged in specialized departments beneath the Ministry of Tourism, Antiquities and wildlife.
They shall initially be housed under one roof at the existing UWA headquarters because they await construction of the ‘Tourism House’ approved recently. Currently all tourism agencies with exception of UWA and UWEC need to budget expenditure for recurrent expenditure including rent of work place.
Justifying the explanation for disbanding agencies, the Permanent Secretay (PS) Ministry of Public Service, Catherine Bitarakwate, said, “Your choice to disband several agencies and merge others helps you to save near a trillion Uganda Shillings which includes been allocated to wages, operations, and rent.”
Consideration will be taken where certain agencies which have technical functions that it’s been running shall remain.
For now, It remains business as usual at UTB, for instance, which includes several international engagements like the start of expo season from Magical Kenya, JATA – Japan, and WTM London, etc. PR firms in the English- and German-speaking source markets have previously prearranged road shows in November in Germany.
At once, the Ministry of Tourism is along the way of overseeing the forming of the Uganda Convention Bureau originally proposed under UTB.
The national government has been trying out a merger of the tourism agencies since 2001, halfway to their first decade of formation barely, and then rescind, leaving some employees falling out in clumps (including yours truly) or others simply resigned to playing a wait-and-see attitude.
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The hammer finally fell after several empty threats when UTB probably used to government&rsquo ironically;s “sing song” had just concluded a restructuring process which saw long-serving employees shown the entranceway after a lot more than twenty years of service.
For UTB, the timing of these dissolution cannot be worse since most employees had recently been terminated.
Assurances by the general public Service Head that those jobs attract a compensation including anyone who has been made redundant could be farfetched not least for the newly-appointed staff who had just received appointment letters.
The dim respite is that agency heads and staffers who want to be absorbed in the Ministries will undoubtedly be given the chance to use.
Whereas the move has been heralded by some parts of the general public including legislators and policy analysis, some private sector sentiments in tourism including Godfrey Baluku of Trek East Africa who says whereas the merger has advantages, merging these agencies into ministries may increase unnecessary &ldquo just;red tape.”
In a long time, the national government may rescind back to where it started, in the same way they did when these agencies were developed by them 2 decades ago.
(i) To align the functions, structures, plans and budgets of Government Institutions predicated on National strategic goals and priorities for efficiency in the provision of public services;
(ii) To remove functional ambiguities, overlaps and duplications among Government Institutions;
(iii) To get rid of wasteful expenditures in Agencies, Commissions and Authorities with a view to allocating those resources to other priority areas for socio-economic development of the united states;
(iv) To harmonize wages between employees of Agencies, Authorities and commissions and traditional Public Service so as to improve motivation of Public Officers; and
(v) To streamline the legal and institutional frameworks to guarantee the retained Agencies, Authorities and commission are well aligned and much more accountable to the citizens and mainstream Government Ministries.