The Uganda People Defence Forces – UPDF has declared the General David Sejusa a deserter and a wanted man.
Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson, told the media on Wednesday evening that the decision was reached after Gen. Sejusa continued to keep in hiding without any official communication to the army authority of his whereabouts.
He says the law provides that army officers should notify their superiors of their absence in office and that incase an officer stays out of office for more than 21 days without any official communication, it tantamounts to desertion.
Ankunda says Gen. Sejusa who is still a serving officer, continues to propagate inciting information something he says is against the UPDF code of conduct. He says Gen. Sejusa who is a professional lawyer knows this and that he is doing it deliberately and should therefore carry his own cross.
On Wednesday evening, Ankunda made similar comments while speaking to the BBC Focus on Africa.
The army pronouncement comes just a day after Gen. Sejusa publically announced his intention to remove President Yoweri Museveni from Power using all means.
This week, Sejusa told the BBC that President Yoweri Museveni was creating a “political monarchy” to hang on to power and manipulate the transition to favour his son, Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
The controversial army officer left the country quietly in May after making similar claims in a letter that was widely reported about in the local media. Government reacted by closing two independent media houses, the Monitor and Pepper Publications respectively.
Sejusa accused Museveni of ruling over a “corrupt and decadent system” and “playing God” to silence dissenting voices.
Gen Sejusa said Brigadier Kainerugaba represented Museveni’s national project to subvert the existing political system in order to perpetuate himself”.
He described the alleged project as “a terribly common African story.”
Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo dismissed Sejusa as a disgruntled and high-handed officer who failed to raise his concerns within the government, even though he served in the military high command and was an MP representing the army in parliament.
Opondo, who is the new executive director at the Uganda Media Centre warned Sejusa that government would “deal” with him if he resorted to unconstitutional means to oppose the government.