Rebellion talk: Museveni claimed Gen Sejusa and Col Kizza Besigye were up to something sinister, but war general Sejusa says the problem is in Museveni’s own backyard
Gen David Sejusa, the former coordinator of intelligence services, has roundly denied any role in an alleged plot to destabilize Uganda. The scheme was first alleged by President Museveni during last weekend’s meeting with opposition politicians at State House Entebbe.
Museveni told his guests – who did not include FDC, the main opposition party – that Michael Kabaziguruka, the jailed Nakawa MP and FDC deputy electoral commission chairman, tried but failed to kill him at his farm in Kisozi. Kabaziguruka is also battling treason charges.
The president met the political party leaders under the auspices of the Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD). He said he had evidence that Dr Kizza Besigye, the incarcerated runner-up in the February 18 presidential election, Kabaziguruka and Gen Sejusa were planning something dangerous that could disrupt peace in the country.
But in response, General Sejusa, who is battling charges of participating in partisan politics, says President Museveni’s detractors are people within his government. In a document sent to The Observer on Monday, Sejusa urged the president to look within his government and army for answers to the real masterminds of the alleged sinister plot.
He said the ongoing purges in the army and security forces are fomenting dissent, causing confusion and panic in command and control. He said the frequent arrests of soldiers, policemen and opposition leaders were not going unnoticed. Kabaziguruka was arrested and later charged with treason together with about 20 soldiers.
“The disintegration of the Museveni security system as you see the rampant arrests of soldiers, policemen and the purging of the security services as a whole; the confusion in command and control, promotions and deployments in UPDF and security services are causing tensions within the armed forces and can be seen through increased tensions now characterized by the rampant murders in the services,” Sejusa said.
He added that instead of Museveni pointing an accusing finger at him, the president should wake up to the reality that NRM is a failed project here and abroad. He said even people who really supported “the dictatorship” were becoming alarmed and no longer sure of the sustainability of the corrupt system, whose economy is allegedly failing.
“You can see this through the contraction in growth, production halting to zero, national reserves depleted, public debt soaring to unsustainable levels and the chaos in the financial sector leading to defaults in payments by businesspeople, non-payment of workers including security services, the collapse of local businesses, flight of foreign companies and collapse of investor confidence,” he added.
Sejusa also warned that with more clampdowns on political dissent, Museveni should expect more disruptions in the economy because political instability leads to economic collapse.
According to the general, the rising tensions within the armed forces are manifesting themselves in the rampant murders in the country. A few police stations have been attacked by unknown armed men in the recent past, with guns stolen and officers killed. Sejusa warned that such unrest will lead to the total collapse of the social services sector.
“Another pointer that the struggle is gaining momentum is in the arrests the government is making of people it alleges are involved in plotting to overthrow it,” he said.
“Never before have we seen rebellions stretching beyond regional bigotry. It has always been north, central or Kasese but never a national resistance situation.”
On Kabaziguruka, Sejusa said whether the allegations against this MP are true or not, the fact that he is alleged to be working with people from northern Uganda is alarming and instructive.Kabaziguruka is remanded at Kigo government prison. He was on June 28 arraigned before the General Court Martial and charged with two counts of treason together with 22 others, mostly soldiers.
Sejusa said that never before has the struggle to remove President Museveni emanated from within the armed forces. He argued that it was vital to understand the new dynamics where the mainstream itself, and not the defeated groups from northern Uganda, are leading the push.
“There is more as I will post in my subsequent postings, but for now leaders of all shades need to assure the people that the struggle is on course,” he said.
“Secondly, we all need to intensify our efforts no matter how small; one by one makes a bundle. Lastly, even when mistakes are made by leaders in the [opposition] parties, we should try to minimize the fallouts; you may not agree with the approach by some of these leaders, but open warfare against them does not help the struggle. So, we need to engage more, not less,” Sejusa added.
WARNING TO IPOD
Turning to the leaders of IPOD who met Museveni, Sejusa warned that if they want change, they should not lose morale and pull inwards or be tempted to consort with the enemy.
“Such reaction [meeting Museveni] is absolutely normal. But is it justifiable in the circumstances? The answer is no. Why? The struggle for freedom is progressing, not regressing. This is clearly manifested in several areas,” he said.
When contacted for a comment on July 1, the army spokesman Col Paddy Ankunda told The Observer that if Sejusa knew who is after the government, then he was the best person to speak on the matter.
“Kindly ask him [Sejusa] that if he says the army is after this government, how does he know them?” Ankunda asked.