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Uproar as Police Council Appoints Nine Senior Officers to Exodus SACCO

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On Monday this week, the Chief Police Commissar Uganda Police Force- CPC, Asan Kasingye, said the top police leadership had resolved to restructure the management of the SACCO due to scandals. The Police SACCO has for long been surrounded by controversy, ranging from allegations of improper accountability to members’ failure to have timely access to their savings.
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The top management of Uganda Police Force has appointed nine senior police officers to manage Exodus Savings and Credit Cooperation Organisation – SACCO ahead of the delegate’s Annual General Assembly.  

This is contained in a message sent out to Kampala Metropolitan Commander, all heads of specialized units and all police directors on Friday.  The restructuring of the Exodus SACCO administration is one of the key issues that formed part of the discussions during the just concluded Police Council meeting at Naguru Police headquarters.  

Those appointed include Senior Commissioner of Police Wilson Omoding from Counter Terrorism Headquarters, Senior Commissioner of Police Christine Nanding from the Police Human Resources Directorate, Commissioner of Police Bazil Mugisa from T&RS. Commissioner of Police, Hadija Namutebi and Assistant Commissioner of Police Patrick Lawot will represent the elite Very Important Persons Protection Unit (VIPPU) to the police SACCO.  

Others are Assistant Commissioners of Police, Irene Ameri from the Logistics and Engineering, Abubaker Ziwedde representing Police Training School Kabalye on the SACCO while ASP Jackson Amaali represents KMP Headquarters and Inspector of Police, Kassim Nsaada as Welfare.  According to the police Joint chief of staff AIGP, Jack Agonza Bakasumba, the officers were selected as delegates of specialized units of police, Police Headquarters and KMP on the SACCO. 

On Monday this week, the Chief Police Commissar Uganda Police Force- CPC, Asan Kasingye, said the top police leadership had resolved to restructure the management of the SACCO due to scandals.  The Police SACCO has for long been surrounded by controversy, ranging from allegations of improper accountability to members’ failure to have timely access to their savings. During special days like Eid, Easter and Christmas for instance, it is a tag of war at police headquarters as junior officers barely go physical with their seniors.  

 

Apparently, all police officers trek miles from distant places such as Karamoja, Kabaale, Kisoro, Arua and Kapchorwa in order to access their savings at police headquarters.  Kasingye told URN that the police management wanted new SACCO managers to be headed by a person of a more senior rank just like is the case with Wazalendo SACCO of Uganda People's Defence Forces - UPDF.  

But police officers, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, said the police management is seeking to take over the SACCO from its members.  “We have been told that our chairperson of the SACCO has been summoned to appear at the police headquarters on Monday since he called for an AGM [Annual General Meeting]. How can you make appointments of senior officers who are not members of our SACCO to lead us?” police sources said on Saturday.  

Police has two SACCOs including the Uganda Police Savings Association Limited (UPSAL) currently headed by the Director Research and Planning, AIGP Edward Ochom which started in 1989 and Exodus, the most recent savings group, which started in 2007 during the reign of the then IGP Gen. Kale Kayihura.  

Police officers say due to lack of transparency in UPSAL, they overwhelmingly joined Exodus, which is registered with registrar of companies, controlled by the Cooperative Societies Act.  Currently with over 32,000 members, Exodus SACCO has been riddled with management challenges with members complaining of failure to have Annual General Meetings.  

The SACCO has since its establishment seen the leadership of AIGP Asan Kasingye, Senior Commissioner of Police Laban Muhabwe and ASP, Henry Kalulu, who has been chairperson until now.  On October 18, 2019, 250 delegates of the Exodus SACCO resolved to have a new leadership and appointed a vetting committee headed by the Officer in charge of Kasangati ASP, Abel Muwonge to handle nominations and elections.      

  The vetting committee approved SSP Richard Mugwisagye, the head Political Crimes at Kibuli and SP Jackson Mucunguzi, the twice in charge of Curriculum Development at Police Headquarters to compete for position of chairperson Exodus SACCO.  

“The vetting committee, which advertised and thereafter interviewed the applicants for the leadership of 2020-2021, has called us for an Annual General Meeting next week on Friday. But we are not happy with our bosses who want to hijack our leadership. We want to vote for our SACCO leaders,” a police source from Nsambya Police Barracks revealed to this reporter.  

 

Junior officers also say they are disheartened by the move and claim that their bosses at Headquarters cannot allow a SACCO to be headed by a lower ranked officer.  “What have they done with their UPSAL? They can’t account and have never had an AGM yet it is headed by an AIGP. In Kenya the Police SACCO is successful but its leadership is not based on rank,” another police source disclosed.  

She added that; “The whole police headquarters eats lunch from the police canteen, which gives them food on credit from Exodus SACCO. We demand them close to Shs.5bn in excess of lunch everyday which they don’t pay. Now they want to hijack its leadership by sending us people as delegates yet they are not members.”  

Whereas the police officers are expected to hold a General Assembly at Lugogo on Friday 29th this month to decide the fate of the SACCO leadership, URN has learnt that a directive has been sent to all unit commanders requiring all delegates to first report to Nagulu Police Headquarters for accreditation.  

The police Joint chief of staff AIGP, Bakasumba in a circular sent out Friday evening said; “Unit commanders are required to inform all delegates to report at the police headquarters on 28/11/2019 at 1400hrs without fail for accreditation.”