During his meeting with the general last week, President Museveni had indicated he had sent two people to Gen Sejusa to negotiate his return. But the FU release has made it clear that the two had come to London ‘to warn gen Sejusa against using violence to force his return’. “The two young people were Ms Janet Anyine and Mr Michael Katungi. The message they carried was simple. Mr Museveni said that he had heard that Gen Sejusa wanted to return.” The emissaries told Gen Sejusa that the Ugandan leader had added: “But we hear you are mobilizing to force your entry. Museveni is then reported to have used this expression: “Ngu noyenda kutoya.” Meaning that he wanted to copy the way the Burkina Faso leader was forced to relinquish power after the people rejected his attempts to change the constitution and run for a third term. On that occasion, the Burkinabe people vanquished.
In the end, President Museveni told his former intelligence chief: “We shall not block or harass you. Return home without any conditions.” The FU says that after receiving that message from Museveni, the organisation chose to take up Museveni’s ‘no conditions offer’ instead of using forceful entry and abandoned their plans of using violence at the airport to enforce his return. The Fu adds: “This decision by Free Uganda was against the background of the government having given this type of assurance to other people also.”
Since he returned to Uganda last month after nearly 20 months in self-imposed exile, Gen Sejusa has faced criticism that he may have told ‘poky pies’ top those who welcomed him when he first arrived in London in 2013. Some argued that he could have come here on an ‘assignment’ while there are those that feared that they may have told him far too much about themselves and those who support their efforts to remove the Ugandan leader who has been in power since 1986. His silence since then has been seen as ‘proof’ that maybe this could be true.