Charles Pirwoth who retired in 1987 after serving as a detective constable told URN that he only received his gratuity in 1988 but up to date his pension has not been paid. He says most of his children are stranded with their education since he lacks money to support their education.
Some retired police officers in West
Nile region are concerned over their unpaid pension arrears by the Uganda
police authority. According to them, some of their
colleagues who retired more than 30 years ago have not received their pensions.
The officers who retired from
active service at different ranks have expressed dissatisfaction with how their
pension processes have been handled.
They raised the concern during
the ongoing verification exercise for retired officer for West Nile sub region,
that is been held at the former Arua hill division headquarters in Arua city.
Charles Pirwoth who retired in
1987 after serving as a detective constable told URN that he only received his
gratuity in 1988 but up to date his pension has not been paid. He says most of
his children are stranded with their education since he lacks money to support
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Meanwhile, Godence Ovuru Binega
who retired in 2018 at the rank of Assistant commissioner of Police says he
received many complaints from his colleagues who retired from service but are yet
to get their pension and gratuity. He has however asked the police leadership to
ensure quick processing of pension and gratuity for retired officers since many
of them have been subjected to unimaginable sufferings.
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However, Dorothy Nyandera, the senior
Human Resource Officer at Uganda Police Force has blamed the anomalies on
missing documents and mismatch of date of birth, which often complicates the
payment of their benefits. Nyandera explains that as police, they are focused
on improving the welfare of the pensioners.
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On Monday this week, the Uganda
police force embarked on a nationwide census of its retired and pensionable
officers with the aim of updating and cleaning its pension payroll in the
ministry of public service.
According to Josephine Angucia,
the police spokesperson for West Nile sub region, the ongoing validation
exercise will go a long way in strengthening the creation of sustainable
policies for police pensioners and bona fide beneficiaries, thereby enhancing
the processes of processing benefits for retired officers.