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Uganda Army General Faces Certain Arrest, Says Defense Attorney

  • Peter Clottey

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.

The defense attorney for General David Sejusa, coordinator for Uganda’s intelligence agencies, says his client will be arrested for questioning President Yoweri Museveni’s alleged succession plan.

“All the signs here are indicating that definitely he is going to be arrested. We have had a few government leaders, especially the minister of defense, the IGP [Inspector General of Police] are all saying he has got to come in and that he is going to be arrested,” said defense attorney Joseph Luzige.

Luzige said the government has beefed up security around Entebbe’s International Airport as well as the capital, Kampala, following reports that Sejusa will be arriving from his trip abroad. Sejusa was scheduled to arrive last Friday, but postponed his return trip.

Luzige said the postponement will allow Sejusa’s defense team to adequately prepare ahead of his arrest.

“[Sejusa] told me he had unfinished business in the UK, and then when we realized that there were signs for him to be arrested we wanted some ample time to prepare as his legal team. He wanted me to cooperate with some other lawyers in order for us to prepare for his defense so that when he comes to the country we go to the courts as soon as possible to ensure that he is released from custody,” said Luzige.

The army has accused Sejusa of breaching an official code of conduct after he petitioned the government to investigate rumors of a plot to assassinate senior administration officials opposed to Mr. Museveni’s succession plan.

Senior administration officials have accused Sejusa of harboring presidential ambitions and spreading rumors to create divisions within the army.

But, Luzige said Sejusa is justified in demanding an inquiry into the alleged assassination plot. He also denied his client leaked information about his petition to the press.

“I don’t see anything wrong with him calling for an investigation. Now that investigation could have found out the truth or otherwise of the allegations in the letter,” continued Luzige, “I believe it was within his mandate to write that letter, and when I talked to him, he said he did not leak that letter to the press.”

Sejusa’s offices were recently raided by security officials after his aides were arrested in a government investigation.

President Museveni’s alleged plan is to step down and hand over power to his son, Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Critics say the sudden rise of Muhoozi, the first son of the president, to the position of the Special Forces Group commander in the UPDF forms part of the Museveni succession plan. The government the existence of a succession plan.

The Special Forces group is in charge of protecting the president, as well as the country’s oil installations and other institutions.
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