Saturday June 7 2014

Police officers petition First Lady over late pay

First Lady Janet Museveni.

First Lady Janet Museveni. 

By Steven Ariong


Policemen deployed in Karamoja have appealed to the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Ms Janet Museveni, to intervene and help them get their unpaid salaries.

The police officers from Moroto and Amudat who spoke to Saturday Monitor but pleaded not to be named for fear of reprimand, said more than 100 of their colleagues deployed in Amudat, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, and Napak districts have not received salaries since 2010.

The officers said they have petitioned their bosses several times to find out why they are not getting their salaries but no clear answer has been given.

One officer added that on Friday last week, a team was sent from Kampala to Karamoja to verify the officers’ records in the whole sub–region but many of them were not verified because they were not aware of the verification exercise and they had been away on duty.

They appealed to the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura to redeploy them near their homes so that they can do some additional work to earn a living and sustain their families.
The Mt Moroto Regional Police Commander, Mr Okot Obwona, said they were still sorting out the problem of deserting officers.
“Government has not failed to pay them, some officers’ accounts were closed due to desertion. We are still sorting the issue,” he said.

Last year, about 300 police officers abandoned duty in Karamoja due to alleged delayed salaries and lack of accommodation.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Research and Operations, Mr Edward Ochom, while receiving equipment donated by the UN recently, warned police officers who had deserted that they had committed treason and would face the law.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer said five policemen attached to Moroto station had left for their homes and might not report back, over similar reasons.