The controversy surrounding the conduct of the embattled Jinja Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Eric Sakwa is far from being over as he together with an unidentified group of people, invaded the office of District Internal Security Officer (DISO) demanding that he is given keys to his office.
Sakwa is battling charges of manslaughter, robbery and malicious damage of property after he along with two other people allegedly caused the death of Charles Isanga, a businessman in Jinja between March 22 and April 17 this year.
They are also accused of stealing his Shs 80,000, three crates of beer, eight trays of eggs, sachets of waragi and soda all valued at approximately Shs 429,000.
Sakwa was arrested on April 24 and granted bail by Jinja Chief Magistrate, Jessica Chemeri on April 29 and released from Kirinya prison where he had been remanded.
He was later on May 4 interdicted by the office of the President on grounds of the same charges pending conclusion of the matter and asked to handover to the District Internal Security Officer of Jinja District who was to temporary perform the responsibilities of the RDC.
But instead, Sakwa sought an injunction from Court nullifying his interdiction, which he successfully secured, thus staying his stay in office.
President Yoweri Museveni would days later direct him to immediately vacate office and return only when the allegations against him are fully investigated and disposed off.
“It is good that Sakwa got bail. Let him go on leave for two months and work with the Director of Public Prosecutions and court to get the facts and conclude the case. This is not a political matter for dialogue. It is a serious criminal allegation. If the accusers of Sakwa are lying, it will boomerang on them,” said the President in a statement.
In a seemingly defiant move to the President’s directive, Sakwa on Monday this week through his lawyers, Nyote and Alaka & Co advocates, wrote to the DISO asking to be granted access to his office.
“Our client has since (time of interdiction) obtained an interim order stopping the handover or any interference with his functions and a copy of the same was served upon the Attorney General and Hajji Kakande Yunus,” wrote Sakwa’s lawyers.
The lawyers gave the DISO only a day from May 25 to allow Sakwa access to his office or else they commence proceedings to arrest him for contempt of Court.
The letter by Sakwa’s lawyers does did not anywhere cite the forced leave their Client was sent to, by the appointing authority.
“Court pronounced itself on this matter but the DISO is ignoring it, let me go for keys of my office,” said Sakwa as he together with the unidentified people entered the DISO’s office on Tuesday.
At the time, the DISO was not in office but his deputy, Mugomba John Eremiya was in. When he entered, he asked Mugomba to avail “keys for my office, I have a lot of work to do, I have been out of it and as you are aware there is a pronouncement by Court that I should go back to the office.”
Mugomba says he told the furious RDC that the keys were with the DISO himself who was away on official duties at the time.
“While explaining, they youths who came with him turned rowdy and started shouting, some of them picked the office laptop and destroyed it. I then asked them why they were breaking the computer wondering whether they held negative motives. That is when Sakwa started pleading that I should cool down,” Mugomba explained.
The Deputy DISO said that Sakwa’s actions only indicate that he is “so desperate” asking why he is failing to follow law. Mugomba reiterated that the only option they have now is to report the embattled RDC to police for damaging government property.
When contacted on phone, Sakwa told this website that the claims that he and youths he had, destroyed a laptop is false.
“Yes, I went to DISO to ask for the keys but what they are saying that I destroyed property is untrue. We only asked for keys and when were told that the DISO was not present, we walked away,” Sakwa told SoftPower News on Wednesday.
He asked this reporter that he was not ready to discuss the matter beyond that point.