The army has dismissed reports claiming that former coordinator of intelligence services, Gen David Sejusa, was arrested over the political situation in the country.
Sejusa was arrested last Sunday and detained at Makindye military barracks.
He was produced in court on Tuesday, charged and remanded to Luzira prisons.
“Politics isn’t behind Sejusa’s arrest,” army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, protested while appearing on NBS TV Friday morning.
“We have soldiers who were retired and went into politics. Sejusa was partisan.”
Ankunda said patriotism is “about supporting your commander-in-chief even when you don’t agree with him”.
He said Gen. Sejusa has to answer.
“Gen. Sejusa’s historic trial is sending messages to all officers. Impunity will not be allowed.”
He said during the Pope’s visit to Uganda, terrorists were planning to attack but the army managed to pull off a successful visit.
“Gen Sejusa should be patient. He shouldn’t put the institution of the army on pressure.”
Sejusa applied for retirement but is yet to be retired.
This was done on his return from exile in UK where he rushed after writing a letter alleging a plot to kill army generals who were opposed to “Muhoozi project”.
Ankunda says Gen. Sejusa’s letter had inconsistencies and alarming allegations.
“He shouldn’t have published those allegations.”
He said Gen. Sejusa’s missive, given claims therein, had potential of breaking UPDF cohesion if it was not handled ‘well’.
Ankunda says he doesn’t know where the public is getting the notion that an officer should be tried by his peers, given Sejusa’s rank.
On retirement, Ankunda said Gen. Sejusa’s claims that his uniform, security detail were withdrawn is not true.
“He is completely misleading the public.”