While appearing before the Jinja Chief Magistrate Jessica Chemeri on Monday, Gladys Nyanzi, the Assistant State Prosecutor told the court that due to the current lockdown, it has been hard for the investigators to carry out their duties.
The prosecution is yet to compile evidence against the interdicted
Jinja Resident District Commissioner Erick Sakwa.
Sakwa alongside Bumali Bazimbyewa and Mohammed Simba was last month charged
with three counts of manslaughter, theft and malicious damage.
They were later remanded to Kirinya prisons however, Sakwa was released five
On Monday, Gladys
Nyanzi, the Assistant State Prosecutor told the Jinja Chief Magistrate Jessica Chemeri that due to the current
lockdown, it has been hard for the investigators to carry out their duties.
“At times like these, everyone is cautious about his or her health
well-being and in the long run, our investigations have suffered a setback, we
are not working at the much-needed pace in compiling investigations,” she says.
Nyanzi stressed that a list of witnesses had been submitted to the court
registry but due to pending inquiries, they are not ready for trial.
However, in his submissions, Sakwa’s lawyers led by Caleb Alaka informed court
that, his client was a presidential appointee whose fate of stay in office
relied on the quick disposal of the criminal charges against him.
Alaka argues that it is unfair for suspects to be charged with high profile criminal
offences when investigating officers have not concluded their inquiries.
//cue in: “why must there…
Cue out…against the RDC,”.
Chemeri advised the prosecution to speed up their investigations and adjourned
the case until 15th, June.
Sakwa was interdicted on May 4, 2020, but declined to vacate
office on account that the interdiction was fake and had loopholes in its delivery.
The interdiction came days after Sakwa was charged.
However last week, Sakwa secured an interim order to return to the
office until an application challenging his interdiction is disposed of.
His lawyers led by Caleb Alaka argued that Sakwa was the head of
the COVID-19 district taskforce and his absence from the office will jeopardize
its' smooth operations. He added that interdiction is a process and the
application against the same will be defeated if he hands over the office.
Alaka also argued that that, the Kiira Regional Police Commander Paul Nkore has
continuously threatened his client with arrest, if he fails to handover office
and his safety can only be granted through an interim order.