Police wants Shs204bn for 2016 elections


Deputy IGP Okoth Ochola (L) talks to Mr Richard Ssewakiryanga (C), the executive director of Uganda National NGO Forum


The Defence and Internal Affairs Committee of Parliament has rejected a request by the police for an allocation of Shs 204bn for policing the 2016 general elections that are only nine months away.

Internal Affairs Minister, General Aronda Nyakairima led a police delegation before the committee to table the request which would enable police start preparations for the elections.

Also on the delegation was Deputy Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola, Permanent Secretary Internal Affairs Steven Kagoda, and other police officers.

The Shs 204bn requested for is more than half the total budget for the Electoral Commission for the financial year 2015/2016.

EC that is mandated to organize elections has a budget of Shs 376bn.

Bufumbira East MP, Eddie Kwizera said that the money for policing 2016 general elections is not supposed to be allocated under police since the electoral commission has a budget for policing of elections.

Kyadondo East MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that police has a budget that is enhanced every financial year for crime and others.

“You are now competing with the Electoral Commission in taking a budget for the general elections as if you are going to field candidates or facilitate the process”, said Ssemujju.

Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto said that the request is outrageous since the Electoral Commission is also allocated large sums of money for electioneering and that the police request does not deserve support.

Shadow Minister for Internal Affairs, Muwanga Kivumbi said that the requested money is half the total budget of the force which is Shs 400bn.

He added that police is always allocated enough money to police the country, questioning why they demand a separate budget for the elections.

General Aronda Nyakairima, the Internal Affairs Minister explained that the police needs serious support towards the matter since the police needs to ensure that the people are secured all through the election period.


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