District security chiefs are fighting over money that the Electoral Commission provides for security during electioneering process.
Those locked up in the battle for the money are the Resident District Commissioners, District Police Commanders and the Internal Security Organization chiefs. Each wants to be in-charge of the money that the Electoral Commission provides for security related activities during electioneering process.
Erikwaine Ngobi the Returning Officer of Tororo explains that the Resident District Commissioner's hijack the money because they are the head of the district security committee. He says this has caused friction with the district police commanders and the Internal Security Organization chiefs who feel they should share the money.
Ngobi who made the revelation this afternoon during a regional security meeting in Mbale declined to state how much the electoral body spends on security related activities.
He advised the security chiefs to sit down and sort out the issue amicably.
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District police Commanders who were present at the meeting demanded that the Electoral Commission should specify who should take charge of the security package because they are not getting it.
Robert Deine the District Registrar Sironko also accused the District Police Commanders of embezzling money meant for paying police constables who guard the offices of the district registers.
Deine explains that constables who guard their offices have been complaining that their DPC was not paying them. Each police constable who guards the offices of the Electoral Commission is entitled to a monthly token of 200,000 shillings.
The money is paid to the DPC who in turn is supposed to remit it to the constables.
Patrick Bingi the Kapchorwa District Police Commander accuses his counterparts of being greedy. He explains that in Kapchorwa he has instructed the Electoral Commission to pay the money direct to the constables.