The Minister of Public Service Wilson Muruli Mukasa has said the government has not completely resolved on the matter of merging its parastatals but still studying it as some of them have accumulated debts while others need the laws that created them repealed in parliament.
Mukasa in a statement said, “Some of these agencies were established by Acts of Parliament. To scrap them you need to go back to Parliament and have the laws repealed. Others have accumulated debts. You cannot just scrap them (without paying the debts). Those who will be laid off need to be paid. If you don’t pay them they will take you to court. So Cabinet is still studying the matter. Once it is done, it will come up with a report.”
The responsibility to merge the government agencies directly falls under the Ministry o Public Services. The proposed merger was meant to realign the functions of these agencies and prevent duplication of roles and waste of public funds.
Agencies like Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC), Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Uganda Wildlife Authority, and Uganda Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, are some of those that were to be merged into specialized departments under the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.
However, it is yet to be seen whether the government will completely drop the merger proposal where visibly, there are a lot of duplication and redundant agencies.