Despite Botswana Police Service (BPS) being allocated over P12 million for on-duty allowances for Police Officers deployed during the just ended October 2014 General Elections, those who have yet to be paid have mounted a “go slow exercise” as a show of disgruntlement across the country.
BPS spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa explained that out of the P12 782 150 allocated to BPS for the payment of Subsistence and Travel Allowances (STA) during the General Elections, there was no deliberate unfair treatment of the few officers who are still yet to be paid. Since only officers deployed on General Elections assignments were entitled to payment, it turned out that STA claims of those who are yet to be paid were rejected by the payroll due to late submission for payment to Police Headquarters as well as wrong particulars.
Mbulawa said junior and senior police officers were paid P1 350.00 and P2 800.00 respectively. He also added that the Special Constables Elections Allowance was paid by Police District Commanders, while Subsistence Allowances and travelling imprest for police officers was paid by Branch District Commanders.
Responding to allegations of non-payment of some officers who were on duty, Mbulawa said: “As a matter of principle, we always ask officers to first consult and seek clarity with management or existing internal structures on issues they don’t understand or are unhappy about before rushing to the media. The Police Commissioner, his Senior Management Team and all Commanders subscribe to managing through an open-door policy. No one will be chastised for endeavouring to better their own organisation.”
However, some police officers who opted for anonymity have questioned the criteria used to pay both junior and senior staff given the huge disparity in STA. Information reaching this publication suggests some police officers are on a “go slow exercise” after BPS failed to pay them the election allowance.
“It is really unfair that at this juncture we have not received our payment and what hurt most is the fact that some have been paid, yet they were not on duty” they claim.