General David Sejusa, the Free Uganda Chairman, and Nation Coordinator of Platform to Rescue Uganda (PRU) over the weekend won a court case in which he had sued the army for refusing to retire him.
High Court of Uganda ruled that General Sejusa’s was a retired military officer, who can now freely engage in Ugandan politics as he so wishes.
Dr. Vincent Magombe, Secretary Free Uganda Leadership Committee and Press Secretary FU in a statement attributed the victory to a “courageous and fiercely independent judge of the High Court of Uganda” who reportedly took a “bold step of confirming the retirement from the military of one of Uganda’s leading freedom struggle leaders”.
Magombe said the ruling by Lady Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli had dealt President Yoweri Museveni, who is currently “fighting a life and death battle” to remain relevant in the politics Uganda, a heavy blow.
In her ruling, the High Court Justice confirmed that the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Commissions Board “…erred when it refused to retire General Sejusa from the army in spite of the legal redress he sought.”
According to the High Court of Uganda, General Sejusa filed his application to the UPDF Commissions Board in time, and the UPDF had a duty to respond to the application in a timely manner.
The High Court ruling now formally and legally frees Sejusa to participate in Ugandan politics.
Magombe accuses UPDF of denying the General justice and violating his constitutional rights and freedoms on top of denying him income and then imprisoning him.
Court ordered that Sejusa be paid all his salary arrears and retirement benefits as well as Shs750m in damages.
According to the ruling, General Katumba Wamala, the current Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) cannot deploy or transfer General David Sejusa.
Free Uganda Tribute to Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli:
Magombe thanked the “independent-minded” Justice Oguli for defying the odds and making “the right decision” in the interest of justice.
“Free Uganda calls upon all justices and judiciary officers in the Republic of Uganda to emulate the independent spirit and ethical values espoused by Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli, who has shown that hen the constitutional rights and freedoms of Ugandan citizens by lawless, terror-sowing bands who think that thy can terrorise and dehumanise anyone with their guns, there is a place of hope for the citizens to go for redemption.”
He urged servants of the judiciary who are entrusted with the duty of dispensing justice, to do all they can to make Uganda a haven of justice and freedom.