By Sandra Birungi
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga yesterday ordered Gen. David Sejusa to report to parliament today or risk losing his parliamentary seat.
The communication was passed after the speaker confirmed from the army that Gen. Sejusa was not out of the country on official duty which led her to deny him leave extension which he had applied for. Sejusa, who is still the Co-ordinator of Intelligence Services first applied for leave from Parliament on the April 29 and the leave of absence expired on May 1. Through his lawyers, he managed to apply for a leave extension which was granted on August 16th. Gen. Sejusa first left the country in April after a writing a letter in which he alleged a plot to kill those opposed to an alleged plan to have Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba succeed his father, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as President.
Since his leave in April, the general has been outspoken about the government, in particular, the president and the succession plan. His comments and letters have not gone unnoticed by the government. According to government, the general made comments that had the ability to compromise national security therefore he is liable to treason charges.
If he is to adhere to the plenary sermons today, Gen. Sejusa faces treason charges and possible jail time if he lands in the country today to attend his first parliamentary seating since April.
Gen. Sejusa’s condition brings to mind the issue of former opposition leader, Kizza Besigye when he first decided to land in the country. His continued criticism of the ruling party which he previously belonged to, National Resistance Army (NRM) saw him land in jail as soon as he landed in the country from South Africa where he had been in exile. His arrest was based on the same charges from government despite first agreeing that he would not be arrested if he came back home.
Gen. Sejusa, who was previously known as Gen. Tinyefuza also belonged to NRM and he is the Co-ordinator of Intelligence Services. His revelations not only spooked the public but government also which has for sometime now been facing rebellions from their top army executives. His rebellion came just after Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was acquitted of charges in a case which dated back to 2011.
Whether he is to come back to the country today or not, Gen. Sejusa faces arrest on charges of treason, losing his parliamentary seat among other possible implications. But one thing is for sure, government will not turn the other way when he comes back from self-imposed exile.