Police Go 6 Months without Rice

The Police are reportedly disturbed for not having their monthly rice supply for six uninterrupted months.

The unhappy junior as well as senior policemen claimed they have not received their rice supply since May till this October 2017.

They say it has become a tradition in the police having senior police officers deliberately withholding rice supply of junior policemen, leaving thousands to go hungry for months.

That the senior cadre of the police including Inspector General France Allieu Munu and his team of Assistant Inspector Generals have failed explaining reason (s) for not supplying rice for six consecutive months to the police.

Allusions are that the halt in the supply of rice may have come as a result of the announced austerity measures, or may have been linked to corruption overindulgence in the chain of command of the Police.

Others say some senior police officers, in particular those holding lucrative management positions at police headquarters, may have encouraged the halt in the supply of rice to the policemen because such has earned them owning multimillion houses, fleet of cars and millions in cash as savings unexplained.

Inside police sources state that most of the houses as owned by number of senior police officers have been acquired owing to uncalled for slicing of money from emoluments of junior policemen.

“As junior police officers, we are not allowed talk or make our unhappiness public, and if we do, we are either sacked or accused of committing mutiny,” a group of disturbed policemen told the NEW AGE.

It is true there used to be monthly supply of rice for the three major security forces in the country, save for periods of governance of Late President Kabbah who transformed same into cash.

But when President Koroma came in 2007, he brought back the supply of rice to the army, police and prison.

This, over the years, has seen personnel of these forces congratulating his (Koroma’s) regime for removing hunger from their homes.

However, and for months now, there have been dissentions from thousands of policemen nationwide that they have not been getting their monthly rice supply as has been with the case of their counterparts- the army and prison.

The latest of their disapproval is one coming from junior as well as senior policemen, who claimed they have not been getting their rice supply for six uninterrupted months now.

Many have also asked that the Anti Corruption institutes investigation on the halt of supply of rice to the police.

Their presumption is that if such isn’t given the seriousness it deserves, it is possible it may result in policemen overindulging into corrupt activities to compensate for their monthly rice supply.

Efforts getting comment of the Director of Police Media proved futile.

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