His decision comes a few hours after the Jinja High court Judge Jeanne Rwakakooko dismissed with costs, an application filed by Sakwa challenging his interdiction from office in the wake of criminal charges against him.
Eric Sakwa addressing journalists while in his office. file photo.
Jinja Resident District Commissioner
Joseph Erick Sakwa has filed a notice of appeal following a high court ruling
directing him to vacate office.
His decision comes a few hours after the Jinja High court Judge
Jeanne Rwakakooko dismissed with costs, an application filed by Sakwa
challenging his interdiction from office in the wake of criminal charges
Sakwa was interdicted on May 4, 2020
following his arrest and subsequent prosecution on charges of manslaughter,
malicious damage and theft. He is accused together with Bumali
Bazimbyewa alias Chris Umar Dindodi and Muhammad Simba alias Meddie for
causing the death of a businessman, Charles Isanga and theft of his property
worth 500,000 Shillings.
However, Sakwa opposed his interdiction through his lawyers led by Evans Ochieng, saying he was never given a fair
hearing. He secured an interim injunction, which allowed him to stay in
office pending the hearing of his main application.
On Tuesday, Justice Jeanne
Rwakakooko dismissed Sakwa’s application on grounds that interdiction is the
first step towards disciplinary proceedings. She explained that under
the Public Service Standing Procedures, interdiction is only based on
preliminary investigations and an officer on interdiction remains innocent
until proven otherwise.
“Take notice that Sakwa Erick Joseph is
dissatisfied with the ruling of Hon. Lady Justice Jeane Rwakakooko delivered
electronically and in this application appeals to the court of Appeal against
the whole ruling,” reads the notice filed by his lawyer, David Nyote.