Jinja High Court has ruled that the interdiction of Jinja Resident District Commissioner Eric Joseph Sakwa was lawful, hence he should leave office to pave for further investigations into manslaughter charges against him.
Sakwa, who was charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Jinja businessman Charles Isanga, had petitioned the High Court, challenging his interdiction by the Secretary in the Office of the President, Hajji Yunusu Kakande.
But High Court Judge Jeanne Rwakakooko ruled that Sakwa is a Public Officer and bound by the Public Service Standing Orders on interdiction.
“I agree that it is only reasonable and not irrational at all to interdict a public officer charged with manslaughter, as the Applicant was. The Applicant does not dispute the fact that he was arrested, charged and remanded to prison for manslaughter,” Justice Rwakakooko ruled.
He added: “The decision to interdict is not subject to the right to be heard first since interdiction is but a first step towards disciplinary proceedings. Therefore, there was no need for the Applicant to be heard before he was interdicted.”
The court ruling comes after President Museveni on May 20 also directed Sakwa to immediately vacate office and only return when the allegations against him are fully investigated and dispose of.
Despite court on Wednesday, May 20, ruling that Sakwa’s interdiction was unlawful and saying that he can return to his job, the President said allegations for which his representative in Jinja is being accused of are very grave and he cannot continue holding office in the circumstances.
He added that whereas the allegations may be false, they cannot be taken lightly and should be thoroughly investigated.