Police officers especially those that are retired and others pending retirement from the force have in recent times lost sums of money to city con men, Chimp Corps report.
Chimp Corps established that a number of the old retired police personnel have been undergoing through middlemen to access their gratuity from the Ministry of Public Service.
Well as most of the con stars are external persons, the security body also established that there are also internal individuals (Police Officers) who cheat their colleagues.
Following up on the case, Chimp Corps spoke to some of the officers who are pending retirement at the police headquarters Naguru and confirmed that there are thieving officers of pension.
On Monday however, the Directorate of Human Resource Management in a memo warned all pensioners to desist from processing their pension and gratuity by using agents.
“It has come to our knowledge that there are conmen picking money purporting to take it to staff at Police headquarters to speed up the process of gratuity, this is not true as the process is free and clearly known” reads part of the memo by the Deputy Director of Human Resource Management ACP Moses Muluya.
Officers who have been affected and cheated by con-stars have been advised to report to the Commissioner of Police Human Management at the headquarters and police standards unit for the cases to be investigated and police perpetrators to be arrested.
“Please cooperate to weed out this vice,” Muluya told officers.
The caution comes shortly after when the Ministry of Public Service and police launched a new system to ease access of gratuity to pension earners.
The new system called Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS) involves migration of pension records from the active payroll to pension payroll.
It is also a full decentralization of pension and gratuity process that was started in February this year and has been rolled out in 67 government agencies including the Uganda police force.
Police said that system helps to stamp out corruption as it takes only one week for one to access his or her gratuity.