Uganda Radio Network –URN understands that out of 336 Inspectors of Police, 70 of them are in a professional category such as medical workers, IT, electricians, building and mechanical engineers
Martin Okoth Ochola- IGP
Police’s wage will increase by nearly Three Billion Shillings
after the promotion of 3,097 lower rank police officers.
The Inspector-General of Police Martin Ochola, a few days ago, promoted police
personnel to four junior ranks that include Corporal, Sergeant, Assistant
Inspector of Police and Inspector of Police.
It had taken five years since police last promoted senior and
junior officers during the times of former IGP Gen Edward Kale Kayihura.
Ochola’s latest promotions include 1,099 Police Constables promoted to the rank
of Sergeant, 404 Sergeants promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector of Police
while 336 Assistant Inspectors of Police were elevated to Inspector of Police
But the new promotions have increased police’s wage bill by close to 3 billion
shillings. Uganda Radio Network –URN understands that out of 336 Inspectors of Polices, 70 of
them are in a professional category such as medical workers, IT, electricians,
building and mechanical engineers.
Whereas an ordinary Inspector of Police earns about 600,000 per month,
professionals earn between 1.2 Million to 1.4 Million shillings. This means police will need
more than 30 million shillings every month to cater for Ordinary and
professional Inspector of Police thus totalling 360 Million Shillings per year.
The professional Assistant Inspectors of Police earn between 1 million and 1.2
million shillings every month while Ordinary Assistant Inspectors of Police earn
about 550,000 shillings per month. Out of 404 promoted Assistant Inspectors of
Police, 100 are said to be in the category of professionals thus police will
need 40 Million Shillings extra per month totalling 480 Million Shillings every
Out of 1,099 Sgts, 250 are professionals who earn not less than 800,000 per
month. Thus police force will be spending 120 Million Shillings extra per month
for both professionals and Ordinary Sgts amounting to 1.4 billion shillings per
In nutshell, 420 out of 3,097 newly promoted officers are professionals who are
also entitled to 66000 monthly allowances. This means the police force will be
spending 27.7m shillings on professionals’ allowances making it 336 million
shillings per year.
It has emerged that some of the newly promoted police personnel have already
expressed concern over huge salary disparities. It is reported that some Inspectors
of Police cannot believe that Sergeants will be earning more than them.
“We have signed a petition being made by some of these police officers which
they intend to submit to IGP about salary discrepancies. We have told them to
abandon the idea but they insist on taking it forward,” a senior policeman
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, has revealed that some police officers had
already expressed concern about their salaries and they are engaging
journalists. But he believes that it was out of lack of information about what
makes some officers who are of lower ranks earn more than seniors.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.