August 15, 2013

Army Legal Adviser To Decide On Sejusa Seat

General Edward Katumba Wamala, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), has revealed that the UPDF has asked the army’s Chief of Legal Services to make an interpretation of the law in regard to General David Sejusa.

Katumba said this interpretation will help the army decide whether to declare General Sejusa’s parliamentary seat vacant and appoint another army officer to represent UPDF in Parliament.

Chief of Defence forces Gen. Katumba Wamala
Chief of Defence forces Gen. Katumba Wamala

General Sejusa left the country in May 2013 after a leaked letter in he was directing the Internal Security Organization (ISO) Chief to investigate claims that there existed an alleged plot to assassinate prominent politicians and members of the army opposed to the “Muhoozi Project.”

The ‘Muhoozi Project’ refers to an alleged plan by President Museveni to install his son Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba as his successor and army officers perceived to be against the plan were to be assassinated.

The letter, published in the press, led to the closure of The Monitor newspaper and its sister stations as well as the Red Pepper for 10 days in May. Police said it was searching the newspapers premises for the original letter reportedly leaked by General Sejusa.

General Sejusa has since been holed up in the UK and is alleged to have subsequently sought the protection of British police.

SEJJUSA STILL A LEGISLATOR

But Parliament Public Relations Officer Hellen Kaweesa said the House still considers General Sejusa a member as he requested and was granted an extension of three months leave.

General Katumba would not be drawn on whether General Sejusa can now be classified as an army deserter. He said this should be left to the army legal adviser to decide.
Katumba, however, noted that the General no longer gets salary as an army officer.

General Sejusa was the Coordinator of Uganda’s Intelligence Services.

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