Jinja RDC Eric Sakwa to stay in office after court stops his removal.
The Jinja resident commission officer (RDC) Eric Sakwa was a few weeks ago asked to hand over the office to allow proper investigations into charges against him before the jinja high court.
The court’s deputy registrar on Wednesday ordered that Eric Sakwa should stay in office until the hearing of the main case in which he challenges his removal from office.
“an order that is interim is hereby issued stopping the respondents and their agents from removing or evicting the applicant from his office of RDC jinja district or from interfering with his job in any way, work and function as the RDC or from his emoluments accruing to his office as RDC pending the final disposal of the application for a temporary injunction,” the order by Fred Wanida the deputy court registrar read.
The court also ordered that Sakwa should continue getting his salary due until the case in which he challenges his interdiction is disposed of.
Eric Sakwa alongside a businessman Mohammed Simba and Chris Umar Didondi a resident of Mufumbira C zone are accused of stealing 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.
In the aftermath, a letter copied to the minister for the presidency, secretary to the cabinet, head of public service and the DISO, Eric Sakwa was asked to vacate office and hand it over the Jinja DISO.
“You are hereby interdicted in your position as the resident district commissioner and therefore stopped from exercising the powers and functions of your office with immediate effect under f-s paragraph 8 of the public service orders (2018),” the letter by hajji Yunus Kirunda, the secretary to the office of the presidency said.
Through his lawyer’s Ochieng and company advocates, Eric Sakwa ran to court challenging his removal saying it was unlawful since he was not given a fair hearing.
Eric Sakwa also argues that there is no proof that the appointing authority authorized his removal since the interdiction letter was written by Hajji Yunus kirunda the secretary to the office of the presidency.
The state attorneys together with the applicant’s lawyer were however tasked to file their submissions in the main application before Friday.