hospital http://changescale.org/wp-admin/includes/class-theme-installer-skin.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Members in the second Formed Police Unit (FPU) contingent to AMISOM also alleged they have not been paid ever since they reported on duty in Mogadishu.
Uganda deployed the first Contingent of 140 FPU personnel to Somalia on August 1, 2012 for a one year tour of duty.
This contingent was replaced by the second contingent of 140 personnel on July 27, 2013.
Kasingye said to facilitate this deployment, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Uganda and the African Union Commission (AUC) was entered on the June 29, 2012.
“It was signed by the Minister of State for Internal Affairs on behalf of the Uganda Government and the Director of Peace and Security on behalf of AUC but this MOU provides the deduction of US$ 200,” said Kasingye on Thursday.
“This money is meant to cover administrative costs incurred by the Government of Uganda/Uganda Police Force in preparing for the deployment and maintaining the FPU in Somalia including pre-deployment training, maintenance/replacement of contingent owned equipment, inspection of troops in Somalia, acquisition of office equipment and motor vehicles for FPU training and imprest for the FPU in Somalia,” he noted.
“This is not unique to Uganda, all other countries deploying in Somalia are deducting between US $200- 300 for the same reasons.”
Kasingye said the money is deposited on the official Account Title: Formed Police Unit, Account No: 003440088400001 which was opened by the management of Uganda Police in Bank of Uganda.
“For the record, it should be corrected that the payments made to the Police Officers deployed to AMISOM under the Police Formed Unit is not salary but a Subsistence Mission Allowance. Therefore, the Officers’ Police salaries back home in Uganda remains flowing to their personal bank accounts on a monthly basis and are paid in time with the rest of the public servants,” he observed.
According to Kasingye, the delay in the payment of the subsistence allowances is caused by bureaucratic technicalities in the financial and accounting systems of the African Unions Peace Fund, conditions that are beyond their control.
“However, the allowances for the month of October have been processed and will be credited into officers’ account as soon as possible.”
He, however, admitted that the officers are only waiting for the payments of August and September which are being processed.