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MINISTER KAMUNTU TALKS COOPERATION IN MAIDEN VISIT TO URSB

By Mulengera Reporter

Prof Ephraim Kamuntu has visited Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) headquarters in Kampala for the first time as Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, devoting a considerable amount of his time to highlight the need for partnerships among various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

President Yoweri Museveni transferred Prof Kamuntu from the Tourism Ministry to replace Kahinda Otafiire in the Justice and Constitutional Affairs docket. Otafiire was sent to the East African Affairs Ministry. The Appointing Authority also shifted Tom Butime from the Local Government to Kamuntu’s former docket of Tourism. Otafiire handed over office to Kamuntu last month.

On Friday, Kamuntu visited URSB, a unit under the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) which he heads.

Board Chairman Ambassador Francis K Butagira and Registrar General Bemanya Twebaze led URSB top management to welcome the Minister.

After touring the Uganda Business Facilitation Centre, Kamuntu praised URSB staff and management for their “high level of commitment to service delivery especially in formalizing the economy”, their contribution in improving “access to services in the Justice sector” and for their role in “citizen empowerment through their other mandate like registration of marriages.”

He then called for collaboration among the different units of government.

The Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu (Centre), flanked by the URSB Board Chairman, Ambassador Francis K. Butagira (left) and the Registrar General, Bemanya Twebaze during the minister’s familiarization tour of URSB’s One Stop Shop at Georgian House in Kampala.

“There is need for increased working relations between the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), not only in the domain of ICT but in other service delivery areas to enable the public access Government services,” said Prof Kamuntu.

“I request the management of URSB to explore other partnerships in the implementation of your mandate because you play a pivotal role in Government’s vision of transforming the country from a subsistent to a modern economy through formalization of businesses.”

For his part, Ambassador Butagira observed that URSB has been growing tremendously over the last seven years, listing the achievements that included decentralization of services that has enabled wider access to services across the country.

Decentralization, Butagira further explained, has led to the growth of Non-Tax Revenue from Shs7.51bn in the 2011/2012 Financial Year to Shs56.8bn in 2018/19.

Registrar General Twebaze commended the Board of Directors “for providing an enabling environment for URSB to implement its Strategic Development Plan that laid out the aspirations of the institution across board.”

Twebaze further underscored the need for technology-driven processes which had so far resulted in the All-Digital-All-Online by 2020 strategy.

The strategy will cover areas of service turn-around management, electronic records management, online registration of business, marriage returns filing, information sharing and collaboration, he explained.

Keying in Kamuntu’s call, the Registrar General emphasized the need for integration of information systems among all players in the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) as a mechanism for improving effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery.

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