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Allen Catherine Kagina is the Executive Director of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA). She was appointed to that position on 27 April 2015. Before that, from 2004 until 2014, she served as the director general of the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
She was born in Rukungiri District, Western Region of Uganda, in 1961.
Kagina studied at Gayaza High School, a prestigious, private, boarding, all-girl middle and high school. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology obtained from Makerere University. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration obtained from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
Kagina started her career in 1985 as a teaching assistant at Makerere University. She later moved to the Office of the President.
In 1992, she joined the URA as a senior principal revenue officer, serving in that capacity until 1998. In 2000, she was promoted to the rank of deputy commissioner for customs at URA, serving in that capacity until 2001. She was appointed commissioner general of URA in 2004.
She is credited with improving the URA’s financial performance. She was awarded the Corporate Leadership Award in February 2006, by Destiny Consult, an industry group, for turning around the performance of the tax body since her appointment to head the organization in 2004.
In October 2010, her contract was renewed for another three years. Her monthly salary was reported to be UGX:28 million.
On 27 April 2015, John Byabagambi, the Ugandan Minister of Works and Transport at that time, appointed her as the Executive Director of the UNRA, effective 1 May 2015.
Kagina is married to Paul Kagina. Together, they are the parents of three children, Dan, Michelle and Mark. She is a born-again Christian.