Gen Sejusa to Appear in Court Today

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Government Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says Sejusa disobeyed lawful orders, having been asked by the Chief of Defense Forces CDF General Katumba Wamala not to involve himself in politics. Sejusa is also linked to two groups alleged to be planning post-election violence if the opposition loses the forthcoming general election.

The Former Coordinator of Intelligence Services Gen. David Sejusa will appear before the General Court Martial today to face charges of spreading harmful propaganda and participating in partisan politics contrary to the code of conduct of the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF).

Government Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says Sejusa disobeyed lawful orders, having been asked by the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) General Katumba Wamala not to involve himself in politics. Sejusa is also linked to two groups alleged to be planning post-election violence if the opposition loses the forthcoming general election.

Section 137 of the UPDF Act 2005 specifies a life imprisonment for a military officer convicted of harmful propaganda and death in case the crime leads to loss of a life.

"The arrest was the army's attempt at stopping defiant behavior in its personnel. He has been speaking publicly against the ruling party and at the same time campaigning for FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye which is contradictory to the law of security since he still a serving officer''.  Ofwono says

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.

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.

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 has been held at Makindye Barracks from where he will be produced to the General Court Martial.
 
 The UPDF ACT 2005 section 137 states that;


(1) A person subject to military law who spreads harmful propaganda, commits an offense and is, on conviction, where there is failure of operation or loss of life, liable to suffer death or, in any other case, liable to life imprisonment.

(2) For the purposes of this section, "spreading harmful propaganda" means -
(a) Discouraging other soldiers from carrying out an operation;
 
(b) Speculation about an operation;
(c) Making oral or written statements ill of the Defence Forces or of the Government not being constructive criticism; or
(d) Spreading false stories intended to undermine support for or morale of  members of the Defence Forces or to incite support for or boost morale of the enemy.