Renagade soldier to be thrown out of parliament
17 September 2013, 22:01
Uganda - Renegade Ugandan general, David Tinyefuza Sejusa, is to be thrown out of parliament.
Ugandan army general who fled to UK claiming that he was being persecuted in the country is to lose his parliamentary post tomorrow if he does not show up .
The speaker of Uganda's parliament Rebecca Kadaga has said today in parliament,'' General David Tinyefuza Sejusa must attend the House sitting tomorrow or else he will not be considered a member of the ninth parliament any more.''
General Sejjusa,who apart from being in charge of coordinating intelligence in the country also represented army in parliament, fled to UK a few months ago claiming that his life was in danger because he was against president Museveni's son succeeding as next head of state.
According to Kadaga, Sejusa sought permission on April 29 this year that he would be away for three weeks and she granted him a three weeks leave as provided for in the Parliamentary Rules of procedure 101(2) and was to expire on May 21 2013.
Kadaga said that through his lawyers Luzige, Lubega and Kavuma co advocates again, Sejusa sought an extension of his leave for three more months on May 24 that he was still away on official duties which leave was to again expire on Aug. 16,2013.
But, she wrote to the Uganda Peoples defence force(UPDF) authorities in regard to why Sejusa still needed leave and after establishing that he is not on UPDF duties nor is he on parliament duties, she has been forced to give Sejusa only today to prepare and attend the sitting tomorrow.
She said that after Sejusa sought extension of leave through his lawyers, she wrote to the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Wamala Katumba to establish status as regards to the official duties but, the CDF has responded to her that as far as UPDF is concerned, Sejusa is not on any official duty of the UPDF.
She told today ,''Therefore after establishing that he is neither on parliamentary nor is he on UPDF duties, I have written to Sejusa declining his request to extend his leave since I have has not seen any sufficient cause justifying that extension.''
Kadaga also noted that her records show that Sejusa has been absent from parliament for over 15 sittings adding that much as Rule 101(2) of the parliamentary rules of procedure empowers her to grant leave to any member of parliament who seeks permission, 101(7) of the same empowers her to cancel or decline granting of leave to a member.
Sejusa is one of the 10 army representatives in Parliament, and a member of the UPDF High Command.
Sejusa has been in the spotlight since April, after he penned a dossier, in which he demanded an investigation into a rumored plot to kill top army and government officials opposed to the alleged presidential ambitions of Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba. Muhoozi is President Museveni’s son and the head of the elite Special Forces Command.
The government and the army have denied that there is any plan to groom him for the presidency.