Army disappointed, to appeal Sejusa case


Lt Col Ankunda

Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has expressed its disappointment with High Court for ruling in favour of Gen David Sejusa.

Court ruled on Saturday that Sejusa is not a serving army officer and should therefore be officially retired from the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

The judgement arises from a case filed by the dissident general seeking court order on whether he is still a serving UPDF officer or not.

On the other hand, army contended that Sejusa is still a serving officer subject and answerable to the UPDF rules.

The presiding judge Margret Oguli Oumo agreed that the general was indeed constructively discharged from the army given the fact that he was never deployed nor receiving any salary for all the years he was never deployed.

“When you don’t deploy someone, it only shows that the employee is nolonger useful to you,” said the judge in a court that unusually sat on a weekend.

Army spokesman Lt Col Paddy Ankunda says UPDF is disappointed in the judge.

“We are very disappointed with the ruling on Gen Sejusa,” Ankunda said.

He added: “We find it (ruling) flawed and the state will appeal against it.”

Sejusa applied to retire from the army in 2013 but that had never happened until court ruling on Saturday.

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