Sejusa lawyers apply for his release


Detained Gen David Sejusa’s lawyers have submitted a bail application seeking his release from Luzira prisons.

Sejusa was Tuesday charged by the General Court Martial and remanded to Luzira Prison for conduct prejudicial to good order as a serving army officer and absence from parliament without permission.

His lawyers led by David Mushabe have submitted their application to the General Court Martial chairman, Maj. Gen. Levi Karuhanga, Thursday afternoon.

They are seeking for a temporary release of their client from detention.

Mushabe, in his application, cites Sejusa’s advanced age [61 years] and the fact that he sustained injuries from the bush war which needs specialised care.

Mushabe also cites the fact that Sejusa is the sole bread winner of his family.

Luzira authorities speak

Meanwhile, Frank Baine, the public relations officer of UPS, told Daily Monitor, Sejusa was being treated like any other prisoner.

“Sejusa is a prisoner like others and the prison facility has nothing to do with him. We even do not have special wing for VIPs,” Baine told the newspaper.

“He is already in uniform and there is nothing unusual about him.”

Sejusa is expected back in court on February 9 for hearing of submissions for preliminary objections to the charges.

Prosecution alleges that on November 4, 2015, when Dr Kizza Besigye was nominated presidential candidate for the Forum for Democratic Change, Gen Sejusa, a senior army officer of the UPDF, attended his maiden rally at Nakivubo Stadium, addressed the public and canvassed support for the Opposition candidate and party contrary to the Political Party and Organisations Act.

The state alleges that on November 22, 2015, Gen Sejusa as a serving UPDF officer while at Democratic Party offices on Luwum Street in Kampala, attended the party activities and canvassed support for DP contrary to the law.

In another charge, Gen Sejusa allegedly attended Political rallies in Kabale, Arua and other places against the warning by the Chief of Defence Forces, a superior in the UPDF, which is a violation of the Military law.

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