Gen Sejusa urges debate on armed resistance against Museveni

Gen David Sejusa who is advocating for an armed resistance against his former boss, Gen Yoweri Museveni.
Gen David Sejusa who is advocating for an armed resistance against his former boss, Gen Yoweri Museveni.

By Henry D Gombya

An exiled senior Ugandan army officer has called for a debate among Ugandans for an armed resistance to bring to an end the nearly 30 years of President Yoweri Museveni reign. Falling just short of calling for an outright armed struggle to oust his former boss, Gen David Sejusa, who fled to London over a year ago, said to sit back and do nothing as President Museveni ‘loots the country’ and ‘enslaves our children and our grandchildren to the yoke of debt repayment’ would be nothing but ‘treasonable’.

The general who is one of the most decorated senior Ugandan army officer to have fled the country since Museveni came to power in 1986 said: “… to all those who advocate that we fold our hands and do nothing, I ask of you – how can we do nothing while the President of Uganda is abrogating the constitution for which millions sacrificed their lives to put it in place?” He added: “How can we do nothing when a president is destroying all the systems and structures of state which will inevitably lead to instability and loss of life, [how can we do nothing] when a president commits the country to endless wars with no accountability whatsoever to the lives of the soldiers being killed…?”  

Gen Sejusa, a law graduate from Makerere University in Kampala, was until April last year the chief coordinator of military intelligence services in Uganda, a member of the High Command of the Uganda army, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF)  a representative of the UPDF in parliament and a senior presidential adviser to President Museveni. His return to Uganda after a brief visit to London was brought to a halt when President Museveni ordered the army to surround Entebbe International Airport where he was due to land with the intention of arresting him. Prior to his coming to London, he had written an article in the local English daily, The Monitor, criticising Museveni for allegedly planning to make his (Museveni’s) son Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba the next Ugandan leader and allegedly planning to execute senior army officers opposed to this arrangement. While those near him have denied Museveni had this plan in mind, the Ugandan leader has never at any time either denied or commented on the allegations.

Urging Ugandans to fully engage in the debate about what to do with the way President Museveni has run the country since 1986, Gen Sejjusa said: “The urgent question to answer is – what should be done when a government stops all peaceful means for those who do not agree with it to organise? What options are left? What should be done when a regime resorts to violent means to quell peaceful political actions?” Accusing the Ugandan leader of turning the country into ‘a family enterprise’ and using members of the armed forces as ‘herdsmen on his numerous farms’, Gen Sejusa asked how Ugandans could afford to simply fold their hands and do nothing as Museveni ordered the introduction of ‘pass laws’ as was the case during the apartheid days in South Africa. He wondered how Ugandans could do nothing while extrajudicial killings became rampant. “…doing nothing is not only morally treasonable but is criminally culpable,” the lawyer-turned-army general said.

13 thoughts on “Gen Sejusa urges debate on armed resistance against Museveni

  • July 8, 2014 at 3:24 am
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    The general should go back to his home country Uganda, begin a party and
    mobilise and win elections like what another general Biraaro is doing.
    Why does Sejusa think of fighting, wars etc all the time. Wars destroy property.
    Soon Sejusa will claim that he is the one organising attacks that are taking place in
    the west of Uganda.
    Sejusa must remember that Museveni will not live forever.
    Uganda is better off with a dictator who is doing some development like roads.
    Sejusas are just power hungry people who are likely to be worse than even Museveni

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    • July 10, 2014 at 10:24 am
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      Mr Sejusa lost his moral authority to criticize how badly Uganda was or is being run when he himself was a very active member of the system for along time.
      I am still struggling for an explanation for what made him run away from his own machinery, whatever Sejusa is fighting for is PERSONAL, mark my words, PERSONAL and however true his comments might be NOBODY should listen to them nor believe them because he was a very active member how come he continued to participate? Given a chance in my view he is a more ruthless man than the one he is trying to dislodge. He has terrible human rights abuse stains on his hands and whereas I am a indifferent to what is going on if Sejusa was the man behind the struggle i would join on the opposite side.

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  • July 8, 2014 at 7:03 am
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    By Dr. George Kiyimba, Manhattan University Hospital, New York City, USA.

    Dear Editor,

    Dictator Amini Dada was bad, Dictator Dr. Milton Obote was very bad BUT Dictator Yoweri Museveni is the WORST Uganda has had since independence!

    His entire leadership was built upon a foundation of lies, perversions and denial of the truth! I therefore concur with Gen. Ssejusa … we must remove him by force!

    Dictator Yoweri Museveni claims he went to the bush in 1981- 1986 to fight extra-judicial killings, election rigging, leaders overstaying in power, corruption and sectarianism. But all these vices are prevalent under his regime!

    If Dictator Yoweri Museveni does not immediately change, then change shall swiftly change him. There is no doubt about this. We are also doing everything lawful and unlawful to end Yoweri Museveni’s nearly 30 years of frustration and dictatorship.

    We are also very concerned about Britain continued silence on Dictator Yoweri Museveni’s well recorded Human Rights abuse incidents in Uganda!

    We contend that Dictator Yoweri Museveni is totally lost! Uganda is very ripe for Libyan-style revolt. Fellow Ugandans, if we want peace, we must prepare for the war!

    Life is not about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain!

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    • July 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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      Dr. George Kiyimba, Manhattan University Hospital, New York City, USA.,are you what you are (Dr)or not?You must be Mad Doctor and frustrated, i leave in Uganda and am in Uganda but what you have said does not make sense,it is childish.
      This man Yoweri is not the best, but he has done much better than any other president we have ever had.You cannot get best out of person,otherwise you will stay hungry like you are now,staying abroad.I am non partisan but he has tried his best! Do n’t be perfectionist pliz
      Live long Yoweri,live long Ug

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  • July 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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    Fellow Ugandans, Since peaceful means of changing government in Uganda has failed through the ballot an armed rebellion is inevitable in Uganda. No more lamentations. For those who are still sleeping better wake up now. It’s the only way to bring down this dictator Museveni.

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  • July 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm
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    Gen Sejusa
    Please, please, there are two lines that some of us would really like to hear from your-good-self or a FUF statement of purpose as follows:
    1. The politics of personal merit has run its course and;
    2. The property has to be returned to its owners i,e. to the nationalities that lend what you call Uganda a personality.

    Just to elaborate on 1 above, the Luwero-10-point programme was overthrown in 1986, and replaced by Gen Amos’s family cabal. The ‘originals’ and ‘eventual complementaries’ became and are surplus to requirements and in time ‘all is now clear’. The evidence is there for all to see.
    On 2 above, the nationalities ‘bakoye’ with unwitting misuse and abuse of their personality by their sons and daughters; and that which they lend in common called Uganda . Whichever language it is, the Ganda word ‘tukoye’ as variously used captures apathy with the chattering class. Without consent and proactive embrace of the nationalities, the chattering class cannot deliver on any promises they make.

    In summary: can you and FUF simply dispense with the wordiness and adopt a one-liner/one-point programme – RETURN THE PROPERTY TO ITS OWNERS? Simple.
    Opoya

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  • July 9, 2014 at 5:48 pm
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    To me what i see our nathion is soon collapsing if that government is stil in power. I call upon all those who can help,help Uganda coz things are not ok.But just through our freedom fighters like Gen Sejusa, Kizza Besigye and many others who can. But fighting is the most easiest way coz da onez in da thing iz da language they know. dats why Dr Besigye iz failing. We may say dat we use election but how can you defeat da one who pays electoral commission? He is da one who pays Mr Kiggundu eeh? So ‘zabike emipiira’ local peaple we are always here to help you and help our nation like as usual of Luwero they did.No retreat no surrender sir. Our hope is in you Gen.

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  • July 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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    It’s always good to have a regime change. I am 22years of age and I have grown up seeing one president. Even though we need a regime change, it must be peaceful. We have a young generation which we need to protect.If we always resort to using force, when shall we develop? Mr Sejusa, you must show a good example. We the civillians have suffered the ruthless and harsh policies of the millitary regime, therefore we do not need war to topple this government. You are our fathers and you should not wish us doom. My fellow Ugandans, let us resist violance and embrace peaceful means. We shall not always raise our children in war-torn areas, LOOK AT SOUTHERN SUDAN. DO YOU WISH YOUR MOTHERLAND TO BE LIKE THAT? THE LAND THAT FED YOU? I LOVE YOU SEJUSA,BUT YOU SHOULD TEACH PEACE TO US THE YOUNG GENERATION BECAUSE IMAGINE WE TAKE UP ARMS AND TOPPLE THE GOVERNMENT,AND THEN THE NEXT GOVERNMENT DOES MORE HARM. SHALL WE ALWAYS TAKE ARMS? THINK ABOUT THAT.

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    • July 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm
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      SEJUSA YOU ARE OLD AND AGE ALMOST REACHING YOUR ENDING POINT OF LIFE STOP CONFUSING US THE YOUNG UGANDAN OK WE HAVE HOPE FOR OUR FUTURE BESIDE MUSEVENI IS ABOUT TO DIE AND LEAVE UGANDA TO US WHY URGE FOR WAR AT THIS POINT YET THE MAN IS NOW AGE LET HIM FINISHED UP AND HE PACK AND GO TO EITHER HELL OR HEAVEN CMEBACK IN A PEACEFUL WAY NOT WAR OR STAY THERE WITH YOUR COWARDLINESS OK CME AND WE PRAY FOR HIM TO DIE OR BE HIT BY STROKE HEART ATTACK AND WE FIND A GOOD WAY OF CHANGING OUR GOVERNMENT

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  • July 10, 2014 at 9:32 am
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    I do not support war in Uganda. This will have a heavy toll on the economy and Human life in the country. Wars do not necessarily remove dictatorships, they only change guards from one dictator to another. I am not sure the general here is not calling for a war to bring him in power. what is new that he will bring on table? Just a while back he was beating up and planning to finish off opposition to this regime that he is now purporting to oppose what is the sudden change in belief. Besigye opposed this regime for the last 12 all so year and this general never agreed with him once. Instead he fought him on the streets of Kampala. What Uganda needs now is a change in the constitution to reduce the powers of the president such that institutions are allowed to work. mere change of leaders will breed another dictator called Sejusa or whoever you will choose to lead! War countrymen is a NO NO!! we can talk about it leisurely but the real thing is no picnic! Ask the people in South Sudan!

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  • July 10, 2014 at 10:47 am
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    Just worried about you old men thinking about war to change a regime, 22yrs dude outsmarted you all, all leaving in diaspora just waking up in the morning and talking, blogging war torn dammm you all. we should build Uganda from where it’s now. yes M7 is fake but tried what we could get from other leaders but he laid a foundation that any future leader of Uganda can start on peacefully, if its war again trust me we will go back to the M7 of 1986 regime (semi-democratic military) and now we have a chance to farewell him to start afresh with a full democracy where we will protest peaceful without teargassing us with every side division union supporting our reforms of a democracy. War against Uganda is terror against 34millions of us living having business in Kampala Uganda and if gov’t comes for me to join that army of corrupt minded individuals of the diaspora funded war on us. i’ll be pleased to join the UPDF against narrow minded self centred humans in diaspora. With due respect Gen.Sejjusa i respect him cause i still believe they had an idea or a niche when they took up arms to fight evil leaderships in our country. and salute him for that and even though the idea / niche is corrupt now war talk is dumb General, YOU ONLY GOTTA NOT MORE THAN 30YRS ON EARTH JUST LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FUNNIEST FULLEST AND DIED SO WE CAN IMPORT YOUR BODY BACK HOME FOR A PROPER BURIAL. Dr. George Kiyimba, NY, USA.. 100% CAN’T BELIEVE YOUR DOC??????

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  • July 10, 2014 at 11:49 am
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    Hàaaaaa……..me its all full in my neck
    I just need a gun!!

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  • July 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    My question to Sejusa is “Why now after you were threatened of detention?” you have been eating with him for all that time. The suddenly from nowhere you attempt to convince us that Museveni is wrong? Really Sejusa are you sincere?

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