Jinja RDC Eric Sakwa loses case challenging his interdiction from office.
Eric Sakwa the Jinja RDC woes are far from over after the High Court in Jinja dismissed a case in which he was challenging his interdiction from office.
Last month Eric Sakwa was removed from office by Hajj Yunus Kirunda, the secretary to the presidency to allow investigations into charges placed against him in the Jinja High Court.
Sakwa later went to court to challenge his interdiction.
Justice Rwakakooko ruled on Tuesday that hajj Kakande had the authority and responsibility to interdict Eric Sakwa since he was a responsible officer in the President’s office.
The judge also added that hajji Kakande had the legal capacity to interdict Sakwa from public office and stopping him from exercising powers and performing functions of the office of the RDC until is cleared of the charge of manslaughter and other charges placed against him.
“I agree with the submissions of the counsel for the respondents on this and find that the applicant, though appointed by the present following the constitution of the Republic of Uganda is a public officer and bound by the Public Service standing orders,” justice Rwakakooko said.
According to the letter Eric Sakwa is not supposed to leave the country unless he gets clearance from the Secretary to the Office of the Presidency and he should be subjected to half-pay until the interdiction is lifted.
The prosecution alleges that between March 17 and March 22, Eric Sakwa alongside a businessman Mohammed Simba and Chris Umar Didondi a resident of Mufumbira C Zone of stole 80,000shs, 3 crates of beer, sachets of empire waragi, eight trays of eggs and soda that was valued at 429,000shs.
The prosecutor says the merchandise belonged to a one Charles Isagara, a trader who was beaten up for failing to implement the government guidelines concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.
Charles Isagara later succumbed to injuries he had sustained in the attack a few days later.
On the 24th April, Eric Sakwa was charged with manslaughter and remanded to Kirinya Prison. He later pleaded not guilty and was given bail.
In the aftermath, Sakwa was directed to hand over office to the District Internal Security (DISO) of Jinja who had to perform duties of the RDC until further notice.
The secretary to the president directed him to do so.
He challenged this directive by going to court where the Jinja High Court allowed him to go back to his office until the main case was heard.