Mwenda talks on Sejusa arrest, debate, polls


Independent Magazine founder, Andrew Mwenda, cites military sources claiming General David Sejusa was arrested for planning to cause chaos during elections.

Mwenda was Wednesday evening speaking to Ronnie Mayanja on upcoming elections at NBS TV.

Mwenda cited a previous meeting during which the general seemed to have insinuated such plans.

Sejusa is currently in Luzira prisons on remand until February 23.

He was arrested for making political statements and exposing the dark side of his commander-in-chief.


Mwenda said Amama Mbabazi could have effected a re-run if he had money and if he managed to convince key figures to defect to his side.

“Mbabazi is a skilled organiser unlike Kizza Besigye who is a skilled mobilizer. Museveni’s strength is his brand.”

If Mbabazi gets even 5%, Mwenda reasoned, he will be lucky.

“This is a two-man race between Museveni and Besigye.”


Mwenda wondered what exactly President Museveni stands to benefit from attending the debate, saying after all, most of those who are watching don’t support him.

“If I was President Museveni’s campaign manager, I would advise him against attending Saturday’s debate.”

“But since I am not his campaign manager,” Mwenda continued, “I request him to attend next debate (on Saturday) to give Ugandans a chance to see all presidential candidates debating on one stage.”

President Museveni would benefit from any debate on policy given his experience, the journalist concluded.

“Museveni has this stature of a very powerful man. If he goes for a debate with Kyalya, he is reducing and diminishing his own stature”

On the first debate

For a first, it was okay, Mwenda said in response to the January 15, debate held at Serena hotel in Kampala and boycotted by Museveni.

Mwenda said Joseph Mabirizi shouldn’t be invited to the next one.

“My favourite was Maj Gen Benon Biraaro.”

Mwenda said without BBC’s Alan Kasujja, candidates would never have had the kind of exchange they had.

“There was need for tough questions to be asked, especially in the absence of the president.”

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