Through their chairperson, Badru Kisitu, the companies claim that they haven’t received payment since 2016. According to Kisitu, police owes them more than Shs 30 billion.
Kisitu says the failure by the police management to pay them has forced banks to take over their properties since they are unable to service their loans.
He disclosed that they have contacted top police managers including the inspector general of police, police under secretary and director of logistics among others to clear their payment in vain.
The aggrieved suppliers have appealed to parliament, ministry of Finance and police management to address their concerns immediately. They also appealed to President Yoweri Museveni to bail them out since he has been helping other struggling business communities.
The complainants refused to provide a list of their companies, saying they could lose their customers and business. However, our reporter was able to see an invoice from the National Crime Preventers Forum Catering Project, which claims to have supplied 100,000 kilograms of flour to various police stations including Jinja Road Police.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga couldn’t be reached for comment about the complaints.