Mukene-Vending Cop Back, but No Pay

A police officer in Butaleja who was reinstated after three years on suspension has appealed to the inspector general of police for his salary as well.

Following The Observer story on April 15, 2014, titled”Unpaid policeman vends mukene”, Leopold Ben Odoi was reinstated in the force – but has not been paid since.

In that story, Odoi was shown vending mukene (silver cyprinid) for survival as he pursued justice. But in a telephone interview with The Observer, Odoi said he had since been re-deployed as the bodyguard to Butaleja Resident District Commissioner Abbas Agaba. However, since receiving his reinstatement letter from Deputy Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola on May 30, 2014, he has not received a salary.

“I am surviving at the mercy of my boss the RDC who gives me upkeep.” Odoi said.

He was recently turned away during a verification exercise at Nsambya police barracks because his name was missing on the salary data.

“I was directed to look for my APP file that had also gone missing… I can’t resurface on the payroll until the missing file is found. When I was reinstated, I thought it was an end to mukene-vending, but here I am as my suffering continues,” he said.

The police officer suspects a top boss in the legal department at the police headquarters – whom he declined to name – of being behind his missing file and the suffering of junior officers in the country. He wants the police leadership and Parliament to intervene.

According his appointment letter dated January 29, 2005, signed by M Higenyi for the inspector general of police, Odoi is entitled to an annual salary of Shs 1.8m. In 2010, Odoi was suspended after his United Kingdom-based step-brother Solomon Osinde dragged him to court, alleging theft of Shs 3.5m from his poultry project.

The case was dismissed due to lack of evidence but the police legal department rejected the court ruling and instituted an internal disciplinary committee.The committee also dismissed the case. Another committee was constituted in 2013 which also acquitted Odoi. But his troubles remained.

Since then, the police’s legal department remained silent on Odoi’s case until The Observer published his predicament.

Source : The Observer

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