Gen Sejusa Remanded to Luzira Prison Top story

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Sejusa was charged with insubordination, participating in political party activities and being absent without leave contrary to the code of conduct of the Uganda Peoples Defense Force UPDF.

The Former Coordinator of Intelligence Services Gen. David Sejusa has been sent to remand in Luzira Prison after being charged with insubordination, participating in political party activities and being absent without leave.

Prosecution 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 from General Wamala which was issued on July 25th 2015and went ahead to attend political rallies in Arua and Kabale. 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 Chaired by Maj. Gen Levi Karuhanga also heard that on April 22nd 2015, at Bulange Mengo, Sejusa, without authorization appeared on a talk show on Central Broadcasting Service - CBS and made statements in contradiction of the UPDF Act.

The other charge stems from his absence from the country in 2013 during his self imposed exile in the United Kingdom. 

Sejusa went into exile where he stayed for 18 months until December 2014 after 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.

 In November 2015  Sejusa who has served in the army for 34 years dragged the army Commissions and Promotions Board to the High Court for refusing to retire him from the military following his application three months ago.

In his application he 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's lawyer David Mushabe objected to the jurisdiction of the General Court Martial saying that his client applied for retirement which was not responded to after the mandatory 90 days. He also indicated that the refusal to pay him his salary, withdrawal of his uniforms, housing and transport allowances and guns among others amount to ‘constructive discharge' from UPDF.

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Sejusa wants court to order the UPDF Commission and the Attorney General to hand him his a discharge certificate as a sign that he has retired from the army.
Gen Sejusa was arrested on Sunday from his home in Naguru by military police and had been held at Makindye Barracks since.