An internal audit report for the third quarter of Financial Year 2018/2019 has unearthed obtrusive irregularities in the recruitment and operations of Kampala Capital City Authority’s (KCCA) law enforcement officers.
The findings of the audit come hot on the heels of uproar among members of the public, who accuse the enforcers of using an iron hand while enforcing trade order in the city.
According to a copy of report, our sources have seen review the business processes relating to enforcement, execution, management, reporting framework, and staffing aspects. The report was compiled by KCCA’s director of internal audit, Mr. Moses Canon Bwire.
Others were; to assess whether there are appropriate procedures of law enforcement staff deployment and development, the process and management of the prosecution process of arrested offenders, and to ascertain whether law enforcers are facilitated and protected while on duty.
The report revealed findings that have been happening in the Authority, The audit found out that while the 2016 KCCA structure provides for only 192 enforcement personnel, the enforcement personnel stood at 234 as of October 2018.
“…this implies that extra 42 personnel [21 percent of the approved structure] had been deployed by November 2018,” reads in part the report.
However, the recruitment of the extra 42 personnel could not be established by the audit, something that casts KCCA on the spot.
The controversial recruitment of the 42 law enforcers, therefore, undermined section A-c (3) of the public standing orders which states that appointment in the Public Service shall be subject to availability of either a vacancy in the approved staff establishment or funds in the approved budget estimates.
Mr. Bwire faults KCCA for breaching the approved structure, warning that the inflated number of law enforcers against the already established structure could cause budget override.
According to KCCA’s payroll structure which we have seen, a law enforcement officer earns a gross salary of Shs550,000 per month.
This means while KCCA is supposed to pay only Shs105,600,000 in salaries for law enforcement officers as per the established structure, they irregularly pay Shs23,100, 000 for the extra 42 personnel.
The report further states that while section 45 (3) of the Employment Act, 2006 requires all employers to provide employees with the equipment, tools, and material necessary for that employee to perform his or her duty, KCCA law enforcers have only one pair of uniform.