Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) has warned former coordinator of intelligence services, Gen David Sejusa, to stay away from politics.
The Daily Monitor quotes army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, saying that Sejusa faces risks disciplinary action if he continues making political statements.
“Gen Sejusa has ignored warnings against his engagement in partisan politics, he is breaking the law. He must stop,” Ankunda is quoted as saying.
According to the army, Gen Sejusa is still a serving army officer and they are currently assessing the situation and seeking the Commander-in-Chief’s advice to take action.
Yet while speaking at City House Democratic Party headquarters in Kampala, Sejusa clarified that he was retired by President Yoweri Museveni and could engage in politics as he wished.
“Those saying otherwise are enemies of change,” he said while rallying opposition to boycott and disrupt 2016 general elections.
Sejusa starts visiting political parties
Sejusa’s new Platform to Rescue Uganda in its National Governing Council meeting, which sat on 11th April 2015, took a decision that PRU executive will visit the headquarters of all other political parties including that of the NRM.
Sejusa says the aim of the visit is to; establish a rapport among all groups that share the same mission and purpose, share their vision for the future and present their way forward to other compatriots so that an earnest debate on real concrete issues can begin and try to give wanaichi hope that there is serious work going on and request them to be part of this mass movement now taking shape.
He said the first party to visit was DP and cheered the warm welcome their received from the DP National Chairman and Jinja Mayor Haji Kezaala, DP Secretary General, Hon Mathias Nsubuga Mpuga, the DP Publicity Secretary Mr Kenneth Kakande, Youth leaders and other dignitaries.
The General says Democratic Party was not only a friendly force in the struggle for justice and freedoms, but also a key strategic component in struggle to save Uganda.
“This is because of its history, consistency, versatile support base and clean leadership.”
Meeting DP members
They agreed that all forces, including DP, need to search for a reason why they have not ended the dictatorship so far.
The meeting also noted that the current legal and political setup under the NRM is not intended to produce viable opposition parties but rather weak, confused and perennially starved of funds.
“It is still a hangover from the one party state in Uganda right from 1986 to 2005. The change has been in name but not in the inner dynamics of organisation, operation, resource acquisition and even general outlook.”
He said the parties were designed to look inferior to NRM to give the impression that they are weak.
“But this can be reversed if understood and deliberately worked on.”
The meeting noted that as the opposition parties, including all those silent allies in NRM, start to now serious reposition themselves in the middle of the new resistance against the dictatorship, they ought to start thinking about organising outside the narrow framework provided by the “dictatorship”.
“We need to extend the operational horizons as permitted by the Ugandan Constitution.”
It was further agreed that the nature of struggle today is different both in form, content and mission.
“In the state Uganda is in today, it goes beyond the struggle for democratic governance and rule of law. It goes to the foundation of our very existence as a people and Uganda as united viable country.”
“The struggle is to save the state and ourselves before the implosion like that in all those countries around us engulfs us. It will because the building blocks for it are already here with us.”
They resolved that doing nothing will easily let Mr Yoweri Museveni go down with the country.
PRU position on strength of individual parties before unity
Saying PRU is for strong versatile opposition parties, Sejusa notes that they do not believe in the cannibalisation of cadres from existing parties for the new ones.
“The correct approach should be for all to work together, share talent, ideas, strategies and tactics and share means (resources) where necessary.”
He adds: “We cannot defeat the oppressor when we fight among ourselves. In Second World War, the allies shared intelligences, talent, strategies etc. until they defeated the Nazis.”
“We need, therefore, to build strong individual capacities as parties and organisations so that when we ultimately unite for action, we are a hotbed of power, better organisation, better facilities, but above all, a harmonised approach in terms of message, strategy and tactics.”
The question of NRM breaking the law
Sejusa thinks NRM is not above the law and must operate within the confines of the law.
“Therefore where it breaks the law, e.g. by fielding an illegal candidate, like the one whose years offend the provisions of the constitution, the people of Uganda shall reject it using their constitutional provisions, and if need be they will defend the constitution by popular action.”
He said they have started discussing whether to participate in an election which they know has been stolen, boycott it and allow Museveni to field small parties to win it hands down or organise and acquire enough capacity to stop Parliament from helping in the rigging.