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.
Exodus Police SACCO
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
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
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.”