Uganda, April 20 -- Parliament has blocked the rationalisation and merging of several government agencies defying earlier calls by President Museveni to support the process.

Some of the agencies saved include the National Forestry Authority (NFA), the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), the Diary Development Authority (DDA) and the Uganda Cotton Development Organization (UCDO)

Prior to the start of the process in Parliament, President Museveni held several meetings with Members of Parliament of the NRM party aimed at convincing the legistors to support the mergers on the premise it would save governments Shs1trillion.

Government also hopes to ensure efficiency in service deli...