By Henry D Gombya
General David Sejusa has opened up his heart to Ugandans who have been doubting his decision to abandon Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and join the opposition to map ways of removing him from power.
In a powerful and at times emotional address during the launching of the Freedom and Unity Front at the London School of Economics, the general who only until late last month was still the chief coordinator of army intelligence, albeit in name only, spoke passionately about his decision to mount a campaign to remove a man he has been working with for the last 27 years and join many Ugandans some of whom have been fighting him from day one to join a chorus of Ugandan groups now knocking on the door of State House, demanding the keys to the country’s seat of power.
Speaking for nearly 45 minutes and without any written notes, the general, a graduate of the law school from Makerere University in Kampala, delighted Ugandans and other non-Ugandans who had travelled to London to witness the launch when he revealed how the main Ugandan opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) was robbed of the 2006 general election which he claimed then FDC leader Dr Kizza Besigye had won by at least 69 per cent. Amid laughter and the clapping of hands, Gen Sejusa said: “Yes. I must say it all now because I am a new man.”
Since he fled Uganda last April, there has been several rumours that he was still working with the Ugandan leader. Many even suggested he had been sent to London to spy on the exiled Ugandan community that is greatly opposed to President Museveni. The general seemed to have warmed up to the hearts of the audience that included elders from Buganda and members of the Kingdom of Toro royal family. Mrs Mary Nkata, a veteran Ugandan politician from the Buganda upper class, embraced the general after the meeting and told him all doubts she had held against him had been removed by his passionate speech.
Gen Sejusa who changed his surname from Tinyefunza spoke emotionally about what had driven him to move against Museveni. Because of the importance of his message to the whole country, we are publishing it here verbatim so every Ugandan can read it and be the judge as to the intentions of the most senior Ugandan army officer to have abandoned the seemingly sinking ship of President Museveni. Here it is: