By Harrient Asingura
In a case he filed at Jinja high court on May 13, the embattled Jinja Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Eric Sakwa opposed his interdiction on grounds that he’s not a Civil servant and that, his appointment is not subject to any other terms save for those contained in the appointment letter and the functions plus duties laid out under the Local government Act.
Sakwa filed the case against Attorney General and Hajji Yunus Kakande the secretary in Office of the president who wrote an interdiction letter, ordering him to hand over the office of the RDC with immediate effect. The embattled RDC also points to rules of natural justice, saying he was not given a chance to defend self prior to his interdiction. “The second respondent (Hajji Kakande) did not follow the proper procedure to interdict the applicant because it was not on the direction of the president,” argued Sakwa’a lawayers Alaka & Co. Advocates together with Ms Nyoto & Co advocates.
Eric Sakwa was recently remanded to Kirinya government prison over manslaughter before he was released on bail. On top of manslaughter which claimed the life of one Charles Isanga, Joseph Eric Sakwa 38years was also charged with stealing 3 crates of beer, 8 trays of eggs, sachets of Empire waragi and Soda all valued at Sh429,000=. The Jinja Resident District Commissioner (RDC) was charged alongside two others at Jimja grade one magistrates court. See https://newsexcavatorug.com/2020/04/24/jinja-rdc-charged-with-stealing-beer-eggs/
“In accordance to section F-S paragraph 8 of public service standing orders (2010), you’re hereby interdicted in your position as a Resident District Commissioner and therefore, barred from exercising the powers and functions of your office with immediate effect,” reads in part the letter written by Hajji Kakande on May 4.