News / Africa

Ugandan President Accused of Abusing Army, Misusing Funds

General David Sejusa (credit Sejusa)General David Sejusa (credit Sejusa)
x
General David Sejusa (credit Sejusa)
General David Sejusa (credit Sejusa)
James Butty
The exiled Coordinator of Uganda’s Intelligence Services has called for the removal of President Yoweri Museveni from the High Command of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).

General David Sejusa said Mr. Museveni has abused the army, killed its officers and stolen money intended for the army which he has instead used to rig elections.

He said the UPDF is a people’s army, not Mr. Museveni’s, and must therefore reclaim its place in society.

“He abuses the system, he abuses the institution of the army, he doesn’t follow the law, he subverts the workings of the institution and, when he’s criticized about it, he turns around to those people who say that he should change he and depicts them in the bad light, and they are the ones who should leave the institution, not the one who subverts the institution. Things have got to put into their proper perspective.  He who is causing a problem must be void, not the other way around,” he said.

Sejusa fled Uganda in April after writing a letter alleging that there was a scheme to assassinate senior government and military officials perceived to be against an alleged plot to have Mr. Museveni’s son, Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba, succeed his father as president.

The government has since denied the existence of such a plan, and the army has said it will charge Sejusa with treason for “failing to protect classified documents.”

Sejusa said President Museveni cannot charge anyone with treason when he himself has abrogated the constitution.

“Why should Mr. President remove people from the High Command illegally and he himself thinks he cannot be challenged for breaking the law?  The president who does not respect the law, or who cannot respect the constitution, cannot take refuge in the law.  If you want the law to protect you, you must not abuse the law.  So, Mr. Museveni, in order for him to invoke the protection of the law, he must follow the constitution of Uganda,” Sejusa said.

Sejusa said the UPDF must liberate itself as an army.  He accused President Museveni of involving the army in prolonged fighting with the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels for profit and political survival.
Butty interview with Sejusa
Butty interview with Sejusai
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

“We came to power in 1986.  Since that time, we’ve been fighting the insurgency in the country for 27 years.  Because of Mr. Museveni’s mistakes, he couldn’t win this war.  This conflict now has been externalized, and you cannot have an army fighting for 27 years without rest.  So, (Mr. Museveni) he’s been using this conflict for political survival, and I’m saying enough is enough.”

Sejusa, who is also a member of Uganda’s parliament, left the country after requesting for leave under the pretext he was traveling on “official security assignment.”  He has since applied for an extension of his leave.

He said, while the speaker of parliament is currently looking into his request for an extension, he has also asked his lawyer to look into the legality of what happens if someone leaves parliament because his life is being threatened.

“My contention, which I told my lawyer, is I didn’t leave Uganda willingly. I’m not sitting out of the country because I want to.  Therefore, I need the lawyer to look at this aspect.  What happens when someone is absent from parliament, not out of his own free will, but because a regime is hunting him down,” Sejusa said.

Sejusa said his request is not so much about being in parliament, but rather the principle behind it, the rule of law and about institutionalizing the rule, not personalizing the rule.

You May Like

China May Be Biggest Winner From Ukraine Crisis

Missile sales, oil and gas shipments are among many areas that may drive Beijing and Moscow closer together in coming years More

Obama Faces Chaotic World, Limits of Power

Current foreign policy issues bring into focus challenges for US policymakers who are mindful of Americans' waning appetite for overseas military engagements More

SADC Meeting Lesotho Officials to Resolve Stalemate

Official says regional bloc has been engaged with leaders in Lesotho to resolve political disagreement that led to coup attempt More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Matt from: Kampala
October 07, 2013 4:59 AM
In the past the NRM gov't deserved a credit for its tremendous change but its nw just sinking since mr. Museveni can nolonger halt and punish some of his senior UPDF army officials who have nw made it a habit to traffic young ugandans to india for organ trade.(kidneys) a live example is lt.col. John Kundu Wangunsi who is 2nd in comand at the Air Base entebbe who trafficked a young ugandan man to india where he lost his kidney. Its so un4tunate that mr. Museveni hasn't taken action yet this young man's life is nw in hell. We appreciate such plat4ms since ordinally ugandans who vote him in power cant meet and talk to him.


by: sentongo Desmond from: kampala
September 17, 2013 1:22 AM
Thanks so much Mr. General for your efforts in trying to expose the regime,we have been telling the country that the good intentions that the NRM govt came with no longer exist but its just now a problem to the people of Uganda with selfish interests of its leaders. thanks for seeing the light,be ready to be hunted and arrested be sure one day the NRM govt will be out and Ugandans will be able to enjoy their freedoms


by: George Habyarimana from: Kampala
September 16, 2013 8:42 AM
The issue isn't about calling for Museveni to be kicked out of the High Command. It is rather for other High Command Officers like Sejusa to ask Museveni to leave of his own will. It is important that they notify him of the consequences that could be brought about by the accusation that he has personalized the army.and has been corrupting government institutions for personal gain including hanging on to power. Let him do it for stability and for the good of for the nation because these issues are already being discussed within the public and will definitely come out violently sooner or later if not addressed now.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015i
X
Carol Pearson
August 30, 2014 7:14 PM
A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.
Video

Video Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise

The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.
Video

Video Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future

Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election continues to be rocked by turmoil as an audit of the ballots drags on. The U.N. says the recount will not be completed before September 10. Observers say repeated disputes and delays are threatening the orderly transfer of power and could have dangerous consequences. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Ukraine Battles Pro-Russia Rebel Assault

After NATO concluded an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the country is struggling to contain heavy fighting near the strategic port of Mariupol, on the Azov Sea. Separatist rebels are trying to capture the city, allegedly with Russian military help, and Ukraine's defense forces are digging in. VOA's Daniel Schearf spoke with analysts about what lies ahead for Ukraine.
Video

Video Growing Business Offers Paint with a Twist of Wine

Two New Orleans area women started a small business seven years ago with one thing in mind: to help their neighbors relieve the stress of coping with a hurricane's aftermath. Today their business, which pairs painting and a little bit of wine, has become one of the fastest growing franchises across the U.S. VOA’s June Soh met the entrepreneurs at their newest franchise location in the Washington suburbs.
Video

Video Ebola Vaccine Trials To Begin Next Week

The National Institutes of Health says it is launching early stage trials of a vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus, which has infected or killed thousands of people across West Africa. The World Health Organization says Ebola could infect more than 20,000 people across the region by the time the outbreak is over. The epidemic has health experts and governments scrambling to prevent more people from becoming infected. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Asian Bacteria Threatens Florida Orange Trees

Florida's citrus fruit industry is facing a serious threat from a bacteria carried by the Asian insect called psyllid. The widespread infestation again highlights the danger of transferring non-native species to American soil. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Aging Will Reduce Economic Growth Worldwide in Coming Decades

The world is getting older, fast. And as more people retire each year, fewer working-age people will be there to replace them. Bond rating agency Moody’s says that will lead to a decline in household savings; reducing global investments - which in turn, will lead to slower economic growth around the world. But experts say it’s not too late to mitigate the economic impact of the world’s aging populations. Mil Arcega has more.
Video

Video Is West Doing Enough to Tackle Islamic State?

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq to fight militants of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, despite officials in Washington describing the extremist group as the biggest threat the United States has faced in years. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the growing uncertainty over whether the West’s response to ISIS will be enough to defeat the terrorist threat.
Video

Video Coalition to Fight Islamic State Could Reward Assad

The United States along with European and Mideast allies are considering a broader assault against Islamic State fighters who have spread from Syria into Iraq and risk further destabilizing an already troubled region. But as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, confronting those militants could end up helping the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Video

Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.
Video

Video Americans, Ex-Pats Send Relief Supplies to West Africa

Health organizations from around the world are sending supplies and specialists to the West African countries that are dealing with the worst Ebola outbreak in history. On a smaller scale, ordinary Americans and African expatriates living in the United States are doing the same. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

AppleAndroid