KAMPALA – The Mukono South MP, Muyanja Senyonga has asked Parliament to interevene into the failure by government to pay some police officers for the last two years.
Senyonga made the plea during Tuesday’s plenary sitting where he said that there are police officers who have not been on the payroll for two years despite Minister of Finance Maria Kasaija’s pledge to intervene.
Muyanja said that he knows of an officer who happens to be a bodyguard to one of the VIPs that has not been paid for the last 18 months.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga asked the legislator to find the total list of the affected officers to enable Parliament demand for explanations from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Relatedly, Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto also raised concern over the lack of payment of both salaries and allowances to the police and Local Defence Unit (LDU), informing the House that the aggrieved officers have been directed not to demand for their allowances except.
Odonga said, “Out of the Shs504b we passed for security, all the police officers, LDUs and all the military police under deployment are not getting any allowances. They are just being given posho and unfried beans and they have been ordered not to ask for any money, yet this Parliament appropriated money to cater for our gallant officers Manning those road blocks.”
Parliament appropriated Shs58.36b to the Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs to cater for wage shortfalls for LDUs recruited in 2018/19 financial year during the recently approved Shs900b supplementary budget.