Court Martial Set to Rule on Sejusa's Bail Application


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Gen David Sejusa was remanded to Luzira prison last week after being charged with insubordination, participating in political party activities and being absent without leave. Today, the General Court Martial is expected to rule on his bail application.

The Former Coordinator of Intelligence Services Gen. David Sejusa has arrived at the General Court Martial for hearing of his bail application this morning.

Clad in civilian wear, a handcuffed Sejusa was driven to the Makindye based court aboard a prisons bus.

He was remanded to Luzira prison last week after being charged with absence from duty without leave, conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline of the army, participating in political party activities and insubordination. He was arrested from his home in Naguru on January 31st 2016, by Military Police.

On Friday, Sejusa's legal team petitioned the High Court in Kampala for orders to block his prosecution before the General Court Martial. They contend that the criminal proceedings before the military court must be stayed until the High Court determines whether he is still a serving military officer who should be subjected to military law.

Sejusa who has served in the army for 35 years dragged the army Commissions and Promotions Board to the High Court for refusing to retire him from the military. In his application filed in November 2015, Sejusa asked court to declare that he ceased to be a Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) officer on April 8, 2015 when he applied to retire.

Sejusa adds that it's unfair to be charged before the court martial yet his salary and allowances including meals, accommodation and security were withdrawn by the UPDF on top of refusing to deploy him as an active soldier.

Prosecution at the General Court Martial alleges that Sejusa disobeyed lawful orders, having been asked by the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) General Katumba Wamala not to involve himself in politics and making public statements contrary to the code of conduct of the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF).

Court heard that Sejusa ignored a warning issued on July 25th 2015 by General Wamala and went ahead to attend political rallies organized by opposition political parties in Arua and Kabale districts. He is also accused of participating in political activities organized by the Forum for Democratic Change, Justice Forum and the Democratic Party in Kampala.

Court last week heard that on April 22nd 2015, at Bulange Mengo, Sejusa, without authorization appeared on a talk show on Central Broadcasting Service - CBS FM and made statements in contradiction of the UPDF Act.

The other charge stems from his absence from the country in 2013 during a self-imposed exile in the United Kingdom where he stayed for 18 months until December 2014.

This came shortly after he issued a letter claiming that President Yoweri Museveni was grooming his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba to succeed him.  Sejusa also claimed that anyone opposed to the succession plan risked being killed, a plan that government dismissed as baseless.