Former coordinator on intelligence services in the national army, Gen David Sejusa, says President Yoweri Museveni is using Lt Gen Tumukunde to do things “he doesn’t support”.
Tumukunde is accused of infiltrating and spying on former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi’s camp.
He was accused of masterminding an attack by NRM youth dressed in Museveni T-shirts on Amama’s Kololo home and using crime preventers to bury Mbabazi in Gulu town months back.
Last month, he flew an NRM chopper and landed on Boma grounds in Fort Portal where Mbabazi had a rally, prompting the latter’s supporters to walk away in anger.
Mbabazi later said Tumukunde has been moving ahead of him and plotting to disrupt his presidential campaign rallies wherever he goes.
In an interview with The Observer, Sejusa tackled Tumukunde while speaking on his delayed retirement from the army.
“Someone like me, a very senior army officer, I applied to be retired but I did not get any answer after the 90 days prescribed in the law,” Sejusa told the newspaper.
“This is just breaking the law. All the people I went with to the bush and those who came after me are all retired.”
He said the army did the same to Tumukunde and managed to beat him into submission and “now they are using him to do things I think he is not supportive of”.
He said the only bargain Tumukunde got is a fictitious rank wondering what difference it makes to be Lt Gen in retirement.
“What mattered was Tumukunde’s retirement and honour. You have seen some of the things he does; he is not in his state of mind. I understand his predicament [because] they pushed him against the wall, he sold his property and he couldn’t look after his family.”
Sejusa continued: “We are not career soldiers; we joined the struggle for political targets… but Museveni is using the military as a prison to avoid being challenged…. [But] even if I am to die, I will die standing up. I will never surrender to Museveni.”
Sejusa said he is currently jobless, not officially retired and has not been paid salary or any emoluments.
“But even prisoners are housed and fed. If you deny prisoners food, you can be taken to an International Criminal Court. I have no sort of remuneration yet I am kept as a prisoner. I am not deployed.”
Sejusa told Observer that when he was in UK, they raided his office and residence and took all their guns, uniforms, all their implements and withdrew the escorts.
“How can you say I am a serving officer when the fountain of honour writes telling me I am retired? This is not for today because I have petitioned court over it and I am certain it will soon be sorted out. It is constitutionally prohibited to keep someone in forced labour without pay.”
Sejusa says he has been reduced to selling his cows and property to educate his children and stay alive.
Sejusa urged Museveni to return his freedom to get pension.
He said one of Museveni’s tactics to force people to go back to him is to deny them freedom to do what they want, like he did to Tumukunde for eight years or so.
“Then you become broke and he buys you. My father took me to school and that is why I am still surviving.”