Sejusa returns to court as judge quits case


Sejusa in court

Former coordinator of intelligence services, Gen David Sejusa, is expected to return to the general court martial today.

Sejusa was arrested on January 31 and detained in Makindye.

On February 2, he was charged with six counts ranging from participating in political party activities, insubordinate behaviour, conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Act 2005.

He was later remanded to Luzira prison by the General Court Martial chaired by Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga.

Sejusa told The Observer in an interview life at Luzira is harsher than the dungeon cell he was first locked up in at Makindye military barracks.

“The only few privileges I am getting are from fellow inmates who treat me and refer to me as their president. Some have volunteered to cook and iron for me, including preparing my beddings while about 100 UPDF detainees here, some of whom I trained, refer to me as Afande,” Sejusa told the newspaper.

Being a born-again, the General is now preaching in prison save for the nasty toilets in prison.

Sejusa also told the newspaper he was concerned that his two military guards arrested and detained on the same day and three others arrested two weeks before; Abdu Nakalali, Allan Kitonsa (detained in Kireka) and Rose Nakato detained at Jinja Road police station, have not been produced in court.


Sejusa’s lawyers have already filed a bail application in the court which will be heard today, Tuesday.

His lawyers led by Dr David Mushabe cited advanced age [61 years] and being sole bread winner for his family as some of the reasons why he must be released from prison.

The lawyers say Gen Elly Tumwine is ready to stand surety for Sejusa yet he needs atleast three sureties all at the rank of General.

Judge quits case

Meanwhile, High court judge, Lydia Ssali Mugambe, has declined to hear a case in which Sejusa is challenging his stay in the army.

Observer quotes court records which show that on November 24, 2015, Festo Nsenga, the then High court deputy registrar of the civil division, allocated the case to justice Mugambe.

However, on February 4, the current deputy registrar Alex Ajiji reallocated the case to Justice Margaret Ouma Oguli, who was recently moved from Masaka to Kampala.

Justice Mugambe told the newspaper she hadn’t even the read the case file, yet it had been fixed for hearing in April.

Speaking in Rwakitura, Museveni said they cannot retire Sejusa now because he is still indisciplined and needs to be reformed first.

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