70 police officers not paid for 10 months

Moroto.

More than 70 police officers in Moroto, Karamoja sub-region, have not been paid for 10 months. Some of the officers who spoke to this newspaper but asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, said they had received salaries since August 2013 when they were deployed.

They said they have on several occasions raised the matter with their bosses but with no success.

“We have missed pay since August 2013 yet we hear that our colleagues receive theirs. We are wondering what is wrong with ours,” said one of the officers.

The Mt Moroto Regional Police Commander, Mr Okot Obwona, said they were aware of the matter but blamed the delay on a clean-up exercise that seeks to rid government’s payrolls of ‘ghosts’.

“Additionally, he said, police is still dealing with the issue of desertion which has been rampant in the Moroto. “We have not failed to pay them, some officers’ accounts were closed due to desertion. We are still sorting the issue,” he said.

Last year, about 300 police officers deserted their duty in the Karamoja sub-region, due to alleged delayed salaries and lack of accommodation.The deputy IGP in charge of research and operations, Mr Edward Ochom while receiving equipment donated by the UN recently, warned police officers who had deserted that the law would deal them since they were committing treason.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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