A military general, Gen David Sejusa, who recently returned to Uganda from exile in the UK has been placed under house arrest by President Musoveni’s administration, opposition group has report.
The Free Uganda Group, has condemned the arrest of the General David Sejusa as “a cowardly act” by President Yoweri Museveni’s regime.
Gen Sejusa got back from exile in London in December, 2014 after a negotiated truce with Uganda’s long-serving president, Yoweri Musoveni
Speaking with the press on Friday, January 2, 2014, Gen Sejusa told the press that he had turned down Mr Museveni’s invitation to meet for reconciliation discuss.
Renegade and bellicose Gen David Sejusa has been put under confinement by the UPDF, and he is safer that way #UPDF disciplined force
— Ofwono Opondo (@OfwonoOpondo) January 2, 2015
The general heads a political party opposed to what he says is the president’s increasingly authoritarian rule.
Military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda stated that the military action is intended to protect Gen Sejusa. As at the time of report, Journalists were barred by heavily armed military police from getting close to Sejusa’s resident.
Ofwono Opondo, government spokesman had also posted on his twitter handle: “The renegade and bellicose Gen. Sejusa has been put under military confinement by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces or UPDF and is safer that way.”
The army had previously charged Gen Sejusa of treasonable offence, and some of his aides were arrested and charged with plotting to overthrow Mr Museveni’s government after he escaped from the country in April 2013.
At the time, he had written a letter to the domestic spy chief urging him to investigate allegations of a plot to kill high-ranking government officials seen as being opposed to the political rise of Mr Museveni’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who runs the country’s special forces.
It is believed by many Ugandas that Mr Musiveni is already grooming his son, Mr Kainerugaba to succeed him as the next Uganda president; a notion which Mr Museveni had denied.