The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has recently undergone a change in leadership as General Katumba Wamala, the Minister for Works and Transport, introduced six new members to the UNRA board. This new board is expected to play a crucial role in the enhancement of the country’s road network.
The newly appointed board chairman, Eng Dr. Augustine Obyero, has taken over the position from the long-serving Fred Omach. Dr. Obyero, who previously retired from the Ministry of Works and Transport, will be leading the board.
Other board members include Eng. Lilian Nakate, former Luweero woman MP, Engineer Stephen Kitonsa, the substantive commissioner for road bridges in the Ministry of Works, Market Ajok, and Patrick Mwanja.
Dr. Chris Baryomusi, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance, expressed confidence in the ability of the newly appointed board members to contribute to the development of the roads agency.
According to Allen Kagina, the UNRA executive director, the organization has successfully expanded the paved road network by adding a total of 254.5 kilometers in the 2022/2023 financial year, bringing the total length to 6,133 kilometers. Additionally, 46 kilometers of town roads in various towns and municipalities outside the national road network were upgraded during the same period.
Kagina emphasized that this investment in infrastructure plays a significant role in facilitating movement, enhancing trade, and promoting tourism across the nation. However, she also noted that UNRA is facing a substantial debt of Sh629.1 billion, which has accumulated over time.