Uganda Railway Corporation gets new board
Kampala, Uganda 9e September 2022: The Uganda Railways Corporation Board of Directors was inaugurated by the Minister of Works and Transport, General Edward Katumba Wamala.
The event took place today, Friday, September 9, 2022, at the Ministry of Works and Transport Headquarters in Kampala.
The council composed as follows;
- Hannington R. Karuhanga – President
- Florence Hashaka Kabahweza – Member
- Grace Charlotte Karugaba kabunga – Member
- Eng. Robert Kafeero Ssekitoleko – Member
- Al-Hajji Abdallatiff Dhakaba Wangubo – Member
- Richard Nkuuna – Member
- Michel Oballim – Member
- CPA Stanley Sendegeya (FCCA) – Managing Director
During the inauguration, the Minister of Works and Transport, General Katumba Wamala, reiterated the government’s commitment to making rail transport the preferred mode of transport for both exports and imports in Uganda.
“The current government policy is to promote rail as an efficient low-cost carrier of bulk goods from Uganda as finished goods and into the country as raw materials,” Gen Katumba said. .
He added that by doing this and shifting heavy goods to rail, the roads that the government is spending a lot of money to build will be relieved from the pressure of heavy trucks.
Regarding public-private partnerships in the rail sector, the general said that the government would not allow such partnerships, especially in freight rail services.
This would be seen as not learning from the past. He added that such arrangements would only be permitted in passenger rail services.
He called on the Board to prioritize protecting and enhancing the Company’s image. “It is important because it will allow to see and appreciate the efforts of the government in the railway sub-sector.
The good image will also attract more customers to rail transport, which is economical and efficient.
For his part, the Hon. Musa Ecweru, the Minister of State for Public Works has called for the URC land encroachments to go away and allow the implementation of the aligned projects.
He also pledged the ministry’s support to the URC board and management to implement its plans smoothly.
Hon. Fred Byamukama, Minister of State for Transport, called on council members to perform all their duties with the highest level of integrity and efficiency.
“A board member is supposed to help an organization achieve the goals it has set for itself. It should, however, be done with the highest level of integrity and transparency,” he said.
The new chairman of the URC board, Mr. Hannington R. Karuhanga, has called on the government to expedite compensation to the company for the land at Nsambya.
“The 69 billion shillings, if paid to the Society, will help it run its operations smoothly,” he said.
He also called on the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to expedite compensation for the URC land through which the Entebbe road flyover was built.
The Uganda Railways Corporation Board of Directors is made up of 8 members and serves for a period of 3 years in accordance with the URC Act 1992, the law that governs rail in Uganda.