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I want my job back, says Ex-Jinja RDC Sakwa after being acquitted of manslaughter

“I appeal to the Secretary in the Office of the President to kindly put me back on my job because you are the one who interdicted me on the basis of the court issues,” said Sakwa after the court ruling

Photo/File: Former Jinja Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Eric Sakwa

JINJA, UGANDA: The former Jinja Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Eric Sakwa has asked to be reinstated back at his job after court acquitted him of all charges against him, including manslaughter and theft.

Mr Sakwa, 40, and Mr Mohamed Simba, his co-accused were accused of having unlawfully, caused the death of Charles Isanga between March 22 and April 17 2020 at Lwanda Village in Jinja District.

Other allegations are that the duo stole Shs80,000, three crates of beer, eight trays of eggs, sachets of waragi and soda bottles, all valued at approximately Shs429,000, still the property of the said Isanga.

While delivering a ruling on Tuesday, October 11, Jinja Chief Magistrate, Jude Okumu Muwone, found no prima facie case requiring the accused to be put on their defense on all three counts.

“I accordingly find A1 (Sakwa) and A2 (Simba Mohamed alias Meddie) not guilty and thereby acquit them of the offence of manslaughter . . . contrary to section 187(1) and Malicious damage to property; they are set free unless they are lawfully held on other charges,” Okumu ruled.

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Immediately after the ruling, a jubilant Sakwa said: “I have wasted my time; I even lost my job because of the instances where they claimed I killed the late Charles Isanga. God is great that they have exonerated me of all charges and subsequently, I have been acquitted,” Mr Sakwa said before making an appeal to be reinstated to his job.

“I appeal to the Secretary in the Office of the President, Hajji Yunus Kakande to kindly put me back on my job because you are the one who interdicted me on the basis of the court issues. Court has today exonerated me and kindly I need my job. Put me back on my job. I told you those people were telling lies but you insisted, saying, ‘unless Court acquits you’”, Mr Sakwa said.

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Mr Simba said he is grateful with the ruling, adding that “God is more knowledgeable than us all.”

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