August 16, 2013

Gen. Sejusa appeals for 3 Months leave extension

Renegade  General David Sejusa
Renegade General David Sejusa

Exiled former Coordinator for Intelligence Services Gen. David Sejusa wants Parliament to extend his leave by another three months.

Through his Attorneys, Sejusa says the rules of natural Justice dictate that he returns and be given a fair hearing.

His plea comes at the time the army leadership said it would consult its Legal Director to see whether or not Sejusa should continue serving as an MP.

Recently said as a result of his self-imposed exile, the army would determine whether Sejusa would continue serving in Parliament.

“Whether we can even replace him as a Member of Parliament of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) or the place falls vacant but that remains to the interpretation of the law,” General Katumba Wamala the Chief of Defence Forces said.

According t the letter written by his attorneys dated August 16 2013 and addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, “It is on this basis that our client requests you to extend his official leave for another three months from the date during which period our client will have explained himself to the relevant Parliamentary committee which will determine whether his explanation is satisfactory .. “reads part of the letter.

But Helen Kaweesa who is the publicist for Parliament however said its only the Speaker who has discretionary powers to discredit Sejusa’s letter.

“According to what i see in the rules, there is no specifications on the number of times that one can ask to be absent from Parliament.”

“However as I said no decision has been made yet because the letter has just been received and filed now that I think appropriate action and response will be made to the party that has written to Parliament ,” the Parliament Spokesperson added.

Until he went into exile, General Sejusa was coordinator for Uganda’s intelligence agencies at the president’s office.

Sejusa said it was his duty to call for the inquiry, since the succession plan could destabilize the country.

Sejusa petitioned the administration to investigate rumors of a plot to assassinate senior administration officials opposed to Mr. Museveni’s succession plan.

Sejusa says he did not return to Uganda after his life was threatened.

“The plan had been to arrest me at the tarmac, put me on a helicopter, fly me to a place called Nakasongola, the next day make a mock attack that I was going to be rescued by my rebels, then I’m killed in crossfire.  There was an elaborate plan to eliminate me in the process and cover up these serious issues which I had raised,” said Sejusa.

“As a matter of fact I can tell you that it is not only my life which is in danger, but [also] lives of many leaders because the political system has broken down, and the only way to reign in all these upcoming voices of dissent is through force and repression.”

The army rejected Sejusa’s claims and has accused him of breaching an official code of conduct.  Senior administration officials have accused Sejusa of harboring presidential ambitions and spreading rumors to create divisions within the army.

“For them to come and deny before any investigations are carried out and then try to cover up, by imputing wrong motives on me who was performing his duty, shows some culpability … as far as I am concerned, that is merely diversionary,” said Sejusa.

He denied leaking his petition to the press after a newspaper published the contents of the letter demanding the inquiry.

“This was an internal correspondence between chiefs of intelligence.  The fact that it was leaked has nothing to with me,” said Sejusa.

President Museveni’s alleged plan is to step down and hand over power to his son, Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba.  Critics say the sudden rise of Muhoozi, the first son of the president, to the position of the Special Forces Group commander in the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) forms part of the Museveni succession plan.  The government denies the existence of a succession plan.

In a recent press statement Special Forces spokesman Edson Kwesiga denied the existence of a succession plan to install Muhoozi as the country’s next leader.

“Uganda is not a monarchy where leadership is passed on from father to son.  This so-called (Muhoozi) project is a people’s creation,” said Kwesiga.

The Special Forces group is in charge of protecting the president, as well as the country’s other installations.

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