Special Police Constables-SPCs who were deployed to provide
security during the presidential and Local Council V elections in Hoima city
and Hoima district are grumbling over what they call delayed payment of their allowances.
A large group stormed the Hoima City Electoral
Commission offices in Kijungu, in Hoima City demanding for the payment of their
allowances. They are part of the over 2,000 SPCs who were deployed to police elections in the sub-region.
According to the aggrieved SPCs, each was meant to be paid 80,000 Shillings as allowance and Sh20,000 for transport.
The SPCs secured the presidential and Local Council elections held on the
14th and 20th January respectively.
The Special Police Constables told Uganda Radio Network that they
were directed by the Electoral Commission-EC through their commanders to
provide security during but wonder why to date they have not been paid their allowances.
They say when some of them went to claim for their allowances from the Electoral commission offices in Hoima, Electoral Commission officials told them that the money had been given
to their bosses in security.
They say even during the voting days of the Presidential and
parliamentary as well as the Local Council elections, they were not offered
lunch yet they were supposed to be catered for.
The aggrieved SPCs fear that their allowances could have been
swindled by their commanders and they want justice to prevail.
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A source at the electoral commission Hoima office who spoke to
Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity says money meant to pay the SPCs
allowances were cleared to their commanders.
The source did not however divulge
how much money was given by the electoral commission to cater for the
allowances of the Special police constables.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says it is
true the SPCs have not yet received their allowances adding that they are
working hand in hand with the electoral commission to have them paid as soon as
He says by the end of business today the issue will be solved and
the SPCs will have their allowances fully cleared after the verification of
their names by both the Police and Electoral Commission.