The Auditor-General is set to audit Uganda Police SACCO dubbed, Exodus following a directive by the Deputy Speaker, Anita Among.
She also directed the Minister for Works and Transport to work on the roads within the various Police barracks.
The move follows concerns raised by a section of Members of Parliament led by Busia Municipality MP, Geoffrey Macho over challenges in access to savings by the police.
Macho was concerned that although all police officers are mandated to save in Exodus, access to savings has been a challenge. He raised concern about the bureaucracy involved in accessing the said funds.
‘In case one needs to withdraw the money you must apply online even when you are as far as Busia where you cannot access network,” Macho said.
Among who chaired the Plenary sitting on Wednesday, 9th March 2022, was also concerned about the poor state of the accommodation facilities in the police barracks and called on the MPs to take a position on police welfare.
She was concerned that most of the barracks are characterized by poor sanitation, congestion and lack of standard structures.
Exodus Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Limited is a savings and credit cooperative society in Uganda composed of Uganda Police (UP) personnel and their families.
The Sacco was formed in Kampala, in 2007, to be operated by members of the Uganda National Police, for the benefit of police officers and their families. The concept was introduced to police units in other areas of the country, with mixed success.
The former Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on 3rd March 2020, asked the Auditor General to audit the accounts of the Police Exodus Sacco. However, this report is yet to be made public.
Budadiri West MP, Nathan Nandala-Mafabi reiterated the continued complaints raised by the Police over access to their savings. He said that more often, the MPs continue to receive complaints in their pigeon holes from police officers asking to be helped access their savings.
“Members of Parliament receive letters with complaints in their pigeon holes from police officers asking to be helped access their savings. Every policeman day in and day out, complains about the SACCO; they say it benefits the big people,” said Nandala.
Among challenged the MPs to considered increasing the Budget for the police to support their wellbeing and their living conditions the ongoing budgeting process.