By Henry D Gombya
Former Ugandan coordinator of military intelligence Gen David Sejusa has called upon the people of Uganda to rise up and oppose the dictatorship of President Yoweri Museveni. In a wide-ranging interview hosted by Dr Shaka Ssali, host of VOA’s Straight Talk Africa programme, Gen Sejusa warned Ugandans that not standing up to the dictatorial regime of President Museveni could have severe consequences for the whole country.
Gen Sejusa who is self-exiled in England, was speaking on the programme via satellite from the VOA studios in London. He accused Museveni of breaking the constitution of Uganda by ordering the country’s security forces to raid Uganda’s High Court. Reiterating his ambition for political office, Gen Sejusa said he has political ambitions and that he is in the process of making sure President Museveni is removed from power.
Gen Sejusa who became the most senior Ugandan army officer to flee the country since Yoweri Museveni came to power in 1986, did not have the time to explain how he was going to achieve this as he was cut short because of the very limited time VOA has over satellite news.
He told Shaka Ssali that since 1993 he had been trying to leave the army but was forced not to retire by his commander-in-chief. He accused Museveni of revisiting every aspect of bad behaviour that the National Resistance Movement had gone into the bush to fight against. He mentioned the return of ‘Panda Gali’, a system introduced by former President Milton Obote when families were gathered up and taken to police stations to be screened. Gen Sejusa also mentioned the rise in AIDS victims which the NRM had managed to bring down to 15 per cent but had now doubled up again; corruption that they had fought against had also returned making the country one of the most corrupt in the whole world.
The full interview by Gen Sejusa on Voice of America will be on this website in our Friday issue. Don’t miss it.