Over 200 Special Police Constables on Friday Stormed Kabale Central Police station in demanding their unpaid allowances accumulated from the recent electoral activities.
The Policemen mostly from Maziba Sub County and Kabale Municipality walked to the Kabale Police Station dressed in their uniforms while a few of them were dressed in civilian attire.
They claimed they had information that their allowances were released by the Electoral Commission, but the District Police Commander had refused to pay them.
According to the appointment letters seen by ChimpReports, the SPCs were supposed to get an allowance of 40,000 each for every polling day. Their role at the polling stations was mainly to keep law and order, as well as provide security for the polling officials and electoral materials.
SPC Sivan Niwahereza and Tabaro Cliff said they were need to hear reasons why their allowances had not been paid even after getting news that the money had been sent to the Police account. They said they had gone through hardships while executing their work, and therefore they should get paid.
“We were not given lunch at polling stations and we had to endure the scorching sun while manning the polling stations.”
Denis Barugahare from Maziba Sub County said Police was acting irrationally by ignoring SPCs’ welfare.
“If this is the Police they always talk about, then I think they need to revise their ways. They should treat us as humans,” he said.
After spending about two hours at the Kabale Police Station, the Kigezi Regional Spokesperson Elly Maate came out to address them. He told them that it was not true that the money was with Police. He explained that government had not released the money.
According to Maate, they contacted the Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Byabakama today morning who revealed that the money had been released and on 26th January 2020, and that payments will begin soon.
“It is well understood that they worked during the elections. We called the Electoral Commission Chairperson this morning and he told us that by the time the elections started, money was not around, but now it is available and the process to begin payments will be complete by Tuesday next week.”
The Kabale District Police Commander Brian Ampeire explained that the SPCs had wrongly accused him of failure to pay them because they were not informed about the payments procedure.
He said the allowances were supposed to be paid by the electoral commission while his main role was to oversee payment of salaries. Each SPC is entitled to a 375,200 monthly salary, and their contracts will expire in May this year after the election period is over.