Ugandan dissident general under house arrest

2015-01-03 20:12
Ugandan Special Forces Group (SFG) Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of President Yoweri Museveni, poses for a photograph with other officers at the Kasenyi SFG camp, east of Kampala in Uganda. (Uganda Presidency, AP)

Ugandan Special Forces Group (SFG) Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of President Yoweri Museveni, poses for a photograph with other officers at the Kasenyi SFG camp, east of Kampala in Uganda. (Uganda Presidency, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kampala - An outspoken Ugandan general who recently returned to the country after 18 months in self-imposed exile has been placed under house arrest, officials said on Saturday.

General David Sejusa, a former intelligence chief who has emerged as a potential challenger to veteran President Yoweri Museveni, has been detained in order to "enforce discipline", a government spokesperson said.

"His conduct since his return from self-imposed exile has been contrary to what is expected of a serving military officer, and the days when army officers acted with impunity are gone," government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo told AFP.

"The terms of his returning from exile were that he become a law abiding citizen until the army retires him from service as per his wish, but he has reneged on that," he added.

General Sejusa was once one of Uganda's top military bosses, serving as intelligence chief and as a close advisor to President Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.

He left the country in 2013, after a confidential memo he wrote was leaked to the press, causing a political storm.

The memo claimed Museveni was grooming his son, special forces commander Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to succeed him and that those in the army opposed to the supposed succession plan risked being assassinated.

While in exile in Britain, General Sejusa formed the Freedom and Unity Front Party, marking himself as a direct challenger to Museveni.

Speaking to reporters outside Sejusa's house in an upmarket Kampala suburb, his lawyers, David Mushabe and Michael Mabikke, vowed they would wage "a protracted legal battle to rescue" their client.

"This is illegal confinement. You cannot deny him his basic needs like water and groceries. Nobody is allowed in or out," Mushabe said.

The move comes as Museveni has set about campaigning for presidential elections in 2016, which will be his 30th year in power.

Museveni, 70, has already been chosen as the ruling National Resistance Movement's (NRM) candidate for the elections, but there have been increasing murmurs of discontent within some sections of the party.

Read more on:    yoweri museveni  |  uganda  |  east africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
 

How to open a beer bottle without an opener

Do the right thing and never be thirsty again…

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.