The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) was established by an Act of Parliament; The Uganda National Authority Act, No. 15 of 2006. UNRA became operational on 1st July 2008. The mandate of UNRA is to develop and maintain the national roads network, advise Government on general roads policy and contribute to addressing of transport concerns, among others.
UNRA is one of the products of Road Sector Reforms. In 1996, the Government of
Uganda prepared the 10-Year Road Sector Development Programme (RSDP). The
Programme was reviewed and updated in 2002 making it a 10 Year rolling Road Sector
Development Programme Phase 2 (RSDP2). One of the objectives of the RSDP was
establishing a robust administration for effective and efficient management of the
national roads network. To achieve this objective, Government committed itself to
reform national roads management through the establishment of an autonomous
performance-based Road Authority to handle road administration and execution function
and restructuring the Ministry of Works and Transportation (MoWT) to focus on policy, setting standards, regulation, monitoring and evaluation functions.
The UNRA Bill
As part of the reform process, in 1998 the Road Agency Formation Unit (RAFU) was
created as a semi-autonomous agency within the MoWT to manage the national roads
development. In 2002, a study was conducted on the establishment of an autonomous
Road Authority. The findings of the study informed the drafting of the Bill for creating the
Uganda National Roads Authority. The Bill was passed by Parliament of Uganda in May 2006 and was signed into Law by the President in June 2006. The Board of Directors (BODs) was
appointed in January 2007. Thereafter, the Executive Director was appointed in November2007. UNRA became fully operational on 1st July 2008.
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