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Sejusa said ‘2016 polls already rigged’ before arrest  


Military at Sejusa’s home earlier today [Photo by New Vision]

Before his arrest by military on Saturday, Gen David Sejusa, had talked about 2016 elections claiming they have already been rigged by the sitting government.

This comes at a time social media is awash with rumours alleging that a plane carrying Ugandan presidential ballot papers “made a stopover at Kigali international airport”.

The rumour further alleges that “the plane was handed over to the Zimbabwean air traffic controllers by their South African counterparts at exactly 5:55am, the flight proceeded and arrived at Kigali international airport at 7:51am local time”.

The peddlers of the allegation claim at around 11:35am Rwanda time, the plane “left Kigali only to arrive one hour later at Entebbe Airport”.

The Insider cannot independently verify this allegation as we have no eyewitness account to the report.

“As the Almighty God of all Creation in God’s infinite mercy decides to do a close focus on Africa, the Ethiopian Airlines chattered plane to deliver ballot papers, makes a tour in Rwanda and a pallet of ballot papers is removed mbu [sic] to ease weight for the plane,” wrote Charles Rwomushana, a former head of political intelligence at State House.

He added: “The Civil society, the Election observers ought to put pressure on the Ethiopian Airlines and the South African State to come clean on this issue.

The South African State that has mediated in several Election related conflicts in Africa should do the right thing.”

Sejusa speaks

On Friday, Sejusa appeared on a local radio, CBS FM’s Nze nga Bwendaba (The Way I see it) programme.

He reportedly said President Museveni has already rigged the February 18 polls.

On a show hosted by presenter Alex Nsubuga, Sejusa is quoted saying he was preparing “something” in relation to the “rigged” 2016 elections.

When military sieged his home on Saturday morning, Sejusa told press that the siege at his home was meant to “forestall a mass uprising in case Museveni lost the February 18 polls”.

Sejusa is also quoted telling NBS TV that he was already mobilising and coordinating a people’s revolt after Museveni “rigs” the elections.

Sejusa made it clear that Museveni’s “dictatorship” can only be “dismantled” through a people’s struggle.

Sejusa also observed that once people have decided to rise up and head to State House, Museveni’s guns would not help.

The siege

Military policemen raided Sejusa’s Naguru home on Sunday morning.

Their patrol pickup pulled up at his gate before the officers disappeared inside his compound.

Dr. Vincent Magombe, the Secretary Free Uganda Leadership Committee announced in a statement on social media thus: “Museveni Military Police has surrounded the Naguru home of General David Sejusa”.

When journalists showed up at the residence, they were not allowed access as they found the gate closed.

It only opened moments later when another military vehicle brought food for the officers inside Sejusa’s compound.


The arrest which came after a 2-hour siege, was orchestrated by the deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt Gen. Charles Angina.

Maj. Ronald Kakurungu, army 2nd Division Spokesperson, said later that CDF, Gen Katumba Wamala, who had ordered the arrest would later explain.

During the siege, the army searched the general’s home.

He was later arrested and driven out of his compound in a military Sports Utility Vehicle, the fourth position of a highly guarded eight-car convoy, according to New Vision.

Sejusa is said to have nodded to those outside his compound through a lowered wind-screen of the military vehicle.

He was driven away in a convoy of 15 vehicles as surveillance of his home by the army continued.

Sejusa rushed to exile in UK in May 2013 after authoring a document demanding an investigation into an alleged assassination plot against officials opposed to perceived presidential ambitions by First Son Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

He returned in December 2014 seeking to be retired from the army so he could lead a liberation struggle.

Sejusa has served in the army for 34 years.


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