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1000 Police Officers Risk Losing Pension Over Invalidated Records

KAMPALA

About 1034 police officers are on the verge of losing their gratuity because of failure to validate their personal records.

The Deputy Police Spokesperson, Polly Namaye, says the affected police officers haven’t responded to the ongoing validation exercise.

She says all officers who retired from the Police force a few months ago and those waiting to retire must avail their record to the Public Service Ministry before July 14th, 2019.

Namaye says the Public Service Ministry has warned to delete the details of the officers who don’t show up by the set date. The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, says 3000 retirees from the force are waiting for their retirement benefits.

However, only 1966 have validated their records detailing when they joined the force, rank, positions held and level of entry. The other requirements include a National ID and letter from the Police Human Resource directorate.

For the case of deceased officers, relatives must present letters of administration.

 
 

Gov’t Starts Independent Verification of Uganda-South Sudan Traders

 
 
 

KAMPALA

Government has contracted Ernst and Young, an audit firm to conduct fresh verification of Ugandan traders who supplied goods and services to South Sudan.

In May, Parliament approved up to 900 billion shillings to pay traders who supplied war-torn South Sudan between 2008 and 2013.

In 2010, South Sudan and Uganda entered into a mutual agreement which ensured that Uganda clears the debt and treats it as a loan to the government of South Sudan. The money will be paid back within five to 10 years at a six per cent interest rate after the first year.

The MOU signed, covered 10 companies, they are Rubya Investments, Kibungo Enterprises, Aponye (U) Limited, Afro Kai Ltd, Swift Commodities Establishment Ltd, Sunrise Commodities, Ms Sophie Omari, Apo General Agencies, Ropani International and K.K Transporters.

The companies have already been given at least 41 billion shillings. Early this year, Keith Muhakanizi, the Secretary to the Treasury halted the compensation process of the 10 companies calling for an independent verification exercise.

However, this process was later continued after a meeting held at the Ministry of Finance decided to proceed with the payment of the suppliers.

In a press statement issued on Monday by the Secretary to Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi, all Ugandans who supplied services and goods to South Sudan are required to submit their claims and supporting documents to the Ministry of finance.

He says those who had earlier on submitted supporting documents should resubmit other documents to ensure the process runs smoothly.

Muhakanizi also notes in the statement that companies that had already got payment are required to submit both documents in relation to their earlier pay and the remaining claims. The suppliers have been given until 26th July this year.

Among other things, Muhakanizi says the traders are expected to provide copies of contracts with the Government of South Sudan to supply, Tax identification numbers or certificate of registration, export declaration forms or bills of entry issues by Uganda Revenue Authority, Tax returns, Good release orders and certificate of export issued by URA.

Others are; demand notes to the Government of South Sudan, evidence of source of financing, and any other relevant documents among others.

According to reports from the South Sudan committee in Parliament, there are over 300 companies and individuals seeking pay for the goods they supplied South Sudan.

 
 

Police Hold Suspected Fraudster

 
 
 

KAMPALA

Kabalagala police are holding a man accused of duping several people using forget documents. The Deputy Police Spokesperson, Polly Namaye identifies the suspect as Paul Ssekiziyivu.

Namaye explains that Ssekiziyivu was picked up over the weekend following numerous complaints by his victims. “The suspect operates a tour agency where it is alleged he works as a visa consultant. Several complaints had been filed and an operation was conducted to arrest the suspect. He is now detained as investigations proceed,” Namaye said.

According to Namaye, a month ago one of the Embassies in the country intercepted eight youths with documents suspected to have been obtained fraudulently from Bugisu Co-operative Union-BCU. It was when police learnt that the youth had acquired the fake documents from Ssekiziyivu.

“Some exhibits were also impounded during this operation including desk tops and documents. The suspect has already recorded a statement. We call upon any other persons who may have useful information in this case to share it with us in confidence,” Namaye said.

Namaye urged all victims of Ssekiziyivu’s fraudulent tactics to approach Kabalagala police and avail information that could be used for prosecution. The 2018 crime report shows a slight reduction in economic crimes such as obtaining money by false pretense, forgery and uttering of false documents, counterfeiting, issuing false cheques, embezzlement and cybercrime.

Overall economic figures stood at 15099 in 2018 compared to 16031 recorded in 2017. Twelve thousand three hundred thirteen cases of obtaining by false pretenses were recorded last year, eight hundred cases of forgery and uttering false documents as well as five hundred forty-one counterfeiting offences.

Kampala Metropolitan covering Kampala City, Wakiso and Mukono districts registered 2,311 cases followed by Lira with 640, Arua 371 and Jinja had 269.

 
 

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