“Gen. David Sejusa is under confinement” says Ofwono Opondo, contradicting the army spokesman''s earlier statements
By Samuel Ouga
Mr. Ofwono Opondo while speaking on the weekly Kampala political radio talk show ‘The Capital Gang’ revealed that “Yesterday (Friday) morning the UPDF made the decision to keep Gen. David Sejusa under confinement after repeatedly violating the agreed terms of his return.”
Ofwono Opondo added that the “army was simply enforcing discipline. “
Asked to explain details of 'the terms for Sejusa’s return’ Ofwono Opondo said; “The government agreed with Gen David Sejusa that he returns to Uganda provided he agrees to be a law abiding citizen and especially continue to respect army regulations and codes of conduct until he is relieved off his duties.”
“Gen David Sejusa should have come, applied for retirement and waited until he is relieved off his duties…,’’ said Government speokesman Ofwono Opondo.
Ofwono Opondo’s comments, however, contradicted statements issued by the army spokesman on Friday.
The Uganda Defense Forces spokesman; Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda while commenting on the deployment of military police around Gen. David Sejusa’s Naguru home called for calm.
He tweeted: “No cause for alarm, lose no sleep. Gen Sejusa is safely under the protection of UPDF. He had expressed fears for his life.”
Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda posted the comments on his official Twitter page.
Military police have been deployed around Gen. David Sejusa’s residence in Naguru, a Kampala Suburb.
The deployment comes after Gen. Sejusa was summoned to meet President Yoweri Museveni at Rwakirura in Kiruhura district at 8:00pm. The Gen. Declined to meet the president.
'I have no car'
President Yoweri Museveni reportedly summoned Gen. David Sejusa to Rwakitura, Kiruhura district, for a meeting. But the embattled General said he had no fuel and a vehicle to travel there, among other reasons.
Speaking during a press conference at his Naguru residence, on Thursday, Gen David Sejusa said Museveni’s aides telephoned his lawyer, Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, asking him to inform his client about the scheduled meeting.
“My lawyer was informed on Wednesday that I was supposed to meet the President in Rwakitura on January 2, at 8:00pm,” Gen. Sejusa said.
Rwakafuzi who was present during the press conference said his client requested to be given more time to prepare for it.
Sejusa explained that he needed ‘more time’ because meeting a President is not like walking into a hotel to meet an ordinary person.
“I am an officer of the UPDF, but I have been away for almost two years and I cannot pretend that it is business as usual. There is a fundamental contradiction about my legal status visa-a-avi my defacto status. This must be resolved by the Government. So I would want to know in what capacity I am to meet my commander-in-chief,” he said.
Sejusa returned from self-exile in the UK mid-last month, where he had fled. He says he when he fled to the UK, he acquired a split legal status in the army.
“It seems some people do not appreciate what has happened over time, that’s why when somebody summons, he says ‘you be here at 8:00pm.’ But I have no car. I am currently using my sister’s car to travel. I have no fuel. They probably think I am still and officer who owns a vehicle,” he said.
Sejusa also said there are other security issues he wanted resolved first. He said while in exile, there were hitmen who threatened his life and he wants to find out who they are.
“These are serious security issues that must be resolved. My life was under threat. It has nothing to do with ego or indiscipline,” he said.
Gen. David Sejusa, a former coordinator of intelligence agencies and UPDF representative in Parliament, went into self-imposed exile in April 2013, after authoring a controversial letter on security. He returned last months and has since applied for retirement from the army.
“Gen. David Sejusa is under confinement” says Ofwono Opondo, contradicts army spokesman