Court in Kampala has ruled that former intelligence chief General David Sejusa alias Tinyefunza is not a serving army officers and should therefore be officially retired from the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
The judgement arise from a case filed by the dissident general seeking court order on whether he’s still a serving UPDF officer or not.
In his affidavit, Sejusa told court he was constructively discharged from the army and therefore there’s no reason why the force should not retire him as he had earlier asked.
On the other hand, army contended that Sejusa is still a serving officer subject and answerable to the UPDF rules.
The presiding judge Margret Oguli Oumo of the High Court in Uganda’s capital Kampala on Saturday agreed that the general was indeed constructively discharged from the army given the fact that he was never deployed nor receiving any salary for all the years he was never deployed.
“When you don’t deploy someone, it only shows that the employee is no longer useful to you,” said the judge in a court that unusually sat on a weekend.
Judge Oumo ordered that UPDF pays Sejusa Shs750m as damages and cost of the suit.
This brings to an end a protracted battle between the UPDF and the dissident General who fall out with president Yoweri Museveni after he penned a dossier in which he alleged that there was a project to propel the First son, Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba into too most political seat (presidency).
According to Sejusa, all the people opposed to the project would be assassinated.
Following the dossier, Sejusa went into self imposed exile for a year.
The general applied to retire from the army in 2013 but that had never happened until court ruling on Saturday.