JINJA —The family of late Charles Isanga in Jinja has denied ever apologising to interdicted Jinja RDC Eric Sakwa over reports that he participated in brutal killing of their relative.
The family has also vehemently denied knowledge of a youths group purporting to be widows and orphans to late Isanga after reports that the group held a press conference on Friday and denounced murder claims against the troubled RDC.
Holding placards, with a message that the family had forgiven Sakwa on the crimes also the group claimed that they had been paid by Jinja West MP Grace Balyeku, through Mafubira subcounty Chairperson Mr Hamis Kiganira to pin Sakwa in the murder he was actually not involved in.
RDC Sakwa had personally accused MP Balyeku of having engineered his troubles with the law.
MP Balyeku denied the allegations, saying: “I have no problem with Sakwa what necessitates me to go to that level of arresting him. I am not a police officer, minister in government or army officer but an ordinary backbencher in Parliament. I don’t have those powers to make court sit at 4pm,” he added.
The family has also denied connection to the group and insisted they can never apologise to Sakwa and implored IGP Ochola, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and President Museveni to immediately interest themselves in the matter.
Hadijja Namukaya, a window said the group is unknown to the family, asking the police to arrest them “since they were caught on camera”.
“We have 11 children and none of them was part of the group, ” she said adding that “it seems Eric Sakwa paid them to sabotage the whole investigation.”
She also said that as family, they had resolved to seek legal action against the imposters and to order for a DNA as a way of establishing the truth.
Isanga Richard, the eldest son to late Sanga castigated the actions of the imposters for taking advantage of their loss to try to profit out of it.
”It’s unfortunate that some people would unscrupulously want to use our father’s death for their selfish agenda,” he said.
Mafubira sub county chairperson Mr. Hamis Kiganira denied accusations linking him to the group urged leaders including Nelson Lufafa the Member of Parliament for Butembe County and troubled Sakwa to stop politicizing the investigation.
He asked police to arrest whoever sabotages with the Court process.
He also says that late Sanga, who was very well known to him was solely a resident of Lwanda and questioned the claims of the other family that he lived in Ivunamba.
Sakwa was interdicted on May, 4 2020 but has since declined to vacate office on account the interdiction was fake and had loopholes in its delivery.
The interdiction came days after Sakwa was charged with malicious damage, manslaughter and theft.
The prosecution alleged that Sakwa, alongside Bazimbyewa Bumali alias Chris Umar Dindodi, a resident of Mafubira Zone C and businessman Mohammed Simba alias Meddie stole three crates of beer, UGX. 80,000 Shillings, eight trays of eggs, sachets of empire waragi and soda valued at UGX. 429,000.
The merchandise belonged to one Isanga, a trader who was beaten up for disregarding presidential directives against COVID-19.
Isanga succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the attack a few days later.
In the aftermath, Hajji Yunus Kakande, the Secretary in the Office of the president asked Sakwa to step aside in line with provisions of the public service standing orders.
By virtue of the interdiction, Sakwa was barred from exercising the powers and functions of the RDC and stopped from leaving the country without clearance from the President.
But Sakwa says that the treatment he is being subjected to is inhumane and unjust.
In his application filed against Hajji Yunus Kakande and the Attorney General in the Jinja High Court, Sakwa states that the alleged interdiction does not specify authorization from his appointing authority.
The application further states that interdiction on grounds of any form of criminal charges was not listed in the terms and conditions of his appointment letter dated October 17, 2018.