The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) was established by the 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.


To Efficiently Develop and Maintain a Safe and Sustainable National Road Network for the Economic Development of Uganda

This, which is enshrined in the UNRA Act, means that UNRA shall construct and maintain roads to the set standards and at the lowest possible cost without compromising the quality of its products and services to ensure safe transportation of all road users, goods and services along the national road network.

In addition, UNRA’s products and services will aid the development of the economy by reducing transport costs which will help make the country’s investment climate more competitive. Furthermore, the national roads will play a strategic role in enhancing connectivity of economic zones and spur the growth of vital sectors such as Tourism, Agriculture, Mining, Oil and Gas development, and Trade and commerce.


“Great Roads, Great User Experience” 20,000Km of first class roads by 2025

This means that UNRA will manage a road network that provides comfortable riding experience, predictable travel times and safe journeys for road users. This includes ensuring the safety of non-motorised road users.

Core Values

Safety; Integrity; Team Work; Excellence; and Customer-centric (SITE-C)

These are the bedrock values of UNRA. These principles are held in the highest regard at all times and form the basis of our actions and interactions. These ideas are essential to maintaining the honourable and proud traditions of the Authority. The following traits are behaviours or characteristics that are valued by the membership and are essential for a safe, positive and productive environment that identifies UNRA.

Our Mandate and Functions

UNRA was established for the purpose of managing the provision and maintenance of the national roads network in a more efficient and effective manner and to render advisory services to government. The functions of the authority are;

To be responsible for the management of the national roads network.

To maintain and develop the national roads network.

To advise the government on policy matters concerning roads generally, and to assist in the co-ordination and implementation of the policy relating to roads.

To contribute to the addressing of transport concerns in overall national planning through co-ordination with the relevant ministries, departments and agencies of government.

To collaborate with international organizations, intergovernmental organizations and agencies or other states and the private sector on issues relating to the development and maintenance of roads.

To enter into agreements or other arrangements with any person for the provision of road services, subject to such charges as may be agreed upon.

To advise and assist the Minister, subject to such conditions as may be agreed upon.