By Juma Nsubuga
The chief of defense forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakayirima has issued a statement on Gen Sejusa. Nyakayirima says that following statements attributed to Gen Sejusa a.k.a David Tinyefuza in the Daily Monitor news paper of 7th May 2013, I wish to put the record straight as follows:
In his document he claims that through the Director General Internal Security Organization (DGISO) he delivered a message to H.E The President in which he highlighted Intelligence concerns about likely consequences of what the public has dubbed the “Muhoozi project”. In the document he states that the issue is becoming divisive and creating fertile ground for causing intrigue especially in the UPDF. The General further states that the so called “Mbuya Barracks attack” was conducted by some senior officers in the UPDF.
As the Chief of Defence Forces of the UPDF, I am not aware of such concerns neither does the Intelligence Community. The statement therefore is not only false but misleading. First of all it is out of procedure for the Coordinator of Intelligence to communicate to his appointing authority who is the President and Commander-In-Chief through his subordinate.
I wish to point out that obviously with such a statement the author is operating outside the law, and his statements are aimed at tarnishing the good image of the UPDF and create the impression that it is not cohesive which is totally false.
Similar arguments have in the recent past been raised by some members of the radical political opposition and in particular Dr. Kiiza Besigye with clear intention to divide the UPDF.
The President and the Commander- In – Chief has had the occasion to give a clear response to those falsehoods and educate the public about the historical role of the Special Forces in UPDF.
Given that Gen Sejusa is a serving officer of the UPDF he should be aware that all officers and militants of UPDF are subject to military law. They are also bound to be faithful to and bear true allegiance to the President by virtue of the Oath of Allegiance they take which is in the Fifth Schedule to the UPDF Act. The statement he allegedly issued therefore not only contravenes the law but also contradicts that of President issued to the media earlier.
The code of conduct as clearly stated in the UPDF Act of 2005 requires proper authorization before a member of the Defence Forces makes public statements to journalists. That authorization must always be expressly sought and obtained and cannot be implied from any circumstances. Some officers like Gen Sejusa have on different occasions given a wrong impression to the general public that they are exempted from seeking authorization before making public statements. This is wrong. The General being a senior member of the UPDF should have sought to address his concerns in the right forum including the High Command to which he is a member.
The UPDF takes exception to the fact that the spirit of the General ‘s letter simply champions the agenda of the radical and anarchic political opposition hence rendering him partisan contrary to Article 208 of the Constitution of Uganda.
I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the general public that the UPDF is a cohesive, effective, efficient and pro-people Force. The UPDF shall also remain loyal to the people, the Commander- in -Chief and the Constitution of Uganda.
Finally I would like to warn any serving officer who goes against the law that he or she will be dealt with accordingly.