A section of the
disbanded Special Police Constables-SPCs in Kabale district are threatening to
stage illegal operations to extort money from the public citing nonpayment of
their allowances. Police recruited the SPCs in December last year to complement
its work of law enforcement during this year’s general elections.
The SPCs signed a three-months
contract running from January to March. Each of the constables was entitled to
Shillings 370,000 monthly. Police conducted recruitments in two phases. Those claiming
nonpayment are from the second batch.
Ronald Ngabirano, one of the former SPCs, says
that they have reliable information that their counterparts in the first batch received
full payment. He says that they have not received any explanation as to why they have
not received their payment.
According to Ngabirano, they have agreed to use the Police
uniforms in their possession to conduct night patrols and collect payment from civilians.
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Ronald Bizimungu, another affected SPC says that
the Kigezi Regional Police Commander, Kabale District Police Commander and the Regional
Police Spokesperson have ignored their complaints of nonpayment. He says that it
is the reason why they decided not to hand in the police uniforms even after
the Inspector-General of Police-IGP ordered them to do so.
He also said that they would start wearing the uniforms
and mount roadblocks to stop cars and ask for money from drivers, adding that
it is the only remaining option for them to get money.
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Sheila Kesande and Sarah Ainembabazi, who claimed that they
abandoned other income-generating activities and joined the force with the
hope of earning a living by serving as SPCs, say that they will also participate
in night patrols and roadblocks to look for money.
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However, Enock Hatangimana, the Kigezi Region Police
Community Liaison Officer has warned the group against misusing Police
Uniforms. He said those threatening to mount illegal roadblocks would be
arrested and prosecuted for robbery in courts of law. He advised the aggrieved
former SPCs to follow the right channels to pursue their payment.
Hatangimana, who also doubles as Kigezi Region Police
Political Commissar advised the SPCs to complaint to the IGP in writing.
This is not the first time SPCs in Kabale are protesting
non-payment of their allowances. In April this year, the Kigezi Region Police Commander,
Dan Byaruhanga accused the SPCs of impatience. According to Byaruhanga,
the complainants were recruited “late” in the second batch, which had 123 SPCs.
He explained that the Human Resource Office at the Police Headquarters in
Kampala delayed the approval of their recruitment.
He says that the group had not received appointment letters
by the time they were deployed at the polling stations. Byaruhanga said they
were expecting both the appointment letters and the salaries of the second
batch to be released “as soon as possible. He said he was okay with
SPCs keeping the uniforms until they are paid, but warned to arrest those found
affected SPCs have petitioned the Inspectorate
of Government, Kabale Branch. However, the Kabale Region Inspectorate Officer,
Sam Agaba was not in the office by the time they showed up. The SPCs registered the
complaint with Agaba’s secretary.