Museveni’s Deputy RDC suspended for assaulting resident in Luuka

Hajj Yunus Kakande, the secretary in the Office of the President (L) and the suspected Luuka Deputy RDC Paul Waiswa Bweni (R)

Luuka, (UG):- The Office of the President has suspended Luuka Deputy Resident District Commissioner (DRDC), Paul Waiswa Bweni Bwamwiko over the physical assault on a resident for allegedly refusing to wash his car.

Waiswa’s suspension follows a petition filed by Abdullah Kisige, a resident of Luuka district in the Busoga region accusing him of assault after a video went viral on social media showing the two engaged in a verbal altercation and another section the RDC is seen hitting him with a sugarcane stem.

In the same video recording, Waisswa was heard threatening to arrest Kisige if he declined to adhere to his order while onlookers are seen attempting to calm the situation in vain.

Kisige says that he attempted to register a case of assault with Luuka Central Police Station on Saturday evening but the officers on duty advised him to reconcile with Waiswa. He then resolved to file a complaint with the President’s Office yesterday, where he was promised a timely response.

In the aftermath of the video, Hajj Yunus Kakande, the secretary in the Office of the President, said Waiswa’s assault on Kisige is a criminal matter that should be handled by the police; however, it brings the public into disrepute, which is against Section (F-R) and paragraph 5(b) of the Uganda Standing Orders (2021). He therefore suspended him with immediate effect.

“I hereby suspend you from duty as Deputy Resident District Commissioner Luuka with immediate effect,” Hajj Kakande said.

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As stipulated in Section (F-d) of the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders, Waiswa has since been told to hand over the office, the government vehicle, or any other government property in his possession and accept the employment identity card with immediate effect.

He (Waiswa) has also been instructed to submit a written defence explaining the crime he is accused of and submit it to the office of the secretary in less than fourteen days.

“You should also prepare a written defence in regard to the allegations, as contained in Kisige’s written complaint to you. You should also therefore show cause why your case should not be forwarded to the rewards and sanctions committee of the office of the President for further disciplinary action against you,” Kakande said.

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Members of the public have condemned the actions of the Deputy RDC, with calls for his resignation echoing among them.

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