Several Uganda Police Force officers have suffered salary deductions since November 2018 without any formal communication from management.
The deductions range between Shillings 20,000 and 50,000 and affect officers from the rank of Police Constable to Senior Commissioner of Police. For example an officer at the rank of Superintendent of Police is entitled to Shillings 991,000.
The officers would end up with Shillings 941,000 after making a deduction of Shillings 50,000 as their contribution to Exodus Sacco.
However, some of the officers interviewed by this publication, say they have been receiving only Shillings 890,000 through their accounts for the last four months without any explanation. The pay cut has affected close to 30,000 police officers.
A reliable source in the police Human Resource Administration Directorate, says so far 3,000 complaints have been registered. A source in the Police Finance department told this publication that there is an ongoing salary system update intended to deal with excess salary payment.
The source revealed that in October 2018, the police leadership discovered that many officers were earnings in the excess of between Shillings 20,000 and 50,000.
The Police Policy and Advisory Committee resolved that the payroll system be updated and streamlined taking into consideration the ranks of different officers and their period of service.
Police standing orders provide for an increase of Shillings 10,000 on a police officer’s salary every year they spend on a rank so that senior officers earn more than their juniors.
For example, when a police officer has just been appointed to the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP) he is supposed to earn Shilling 940,000 and an addition of Shillings 10,000 for every year he spends on the rank. If the officer spent 6 years of the rank, they would then earn Shillings 1 million.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga says it is the resolution of PAC that is currently being implemented to ensure that the officers begin earning the exact salary they should be earning so that no one is getting an excess or reduction.
If each of the 30,000 affected police officers by the deductions has been earning in the excess of Shillings 20,000 each month, this means the force has been losing Shillings 600,000,000 through excess payments.
But Enanga says there are different categories of people in this salary mess. They include officers getting an excess, senior officer whose salaries have not been adjusted with the Shillings 10,000 annual increase, officers with art academic qualifications who have been earning salaries of Scientists and Scientists who have not been earning their profession fees.
While the police force manages its own recurrent wage bill, the money is kept with the Ministry of Finance and is only paid out after an EFT has been initiated by the Police.