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Gen. Sejusa has a point


ARTICLE SUMMARY: Gen. Sejusa speaks for all of us who have experienced and endured physical torture, inhumane interrogations and humiliation in safe houses for voicing our opinions on the ‘Muhoozi Project’.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Brian Edward K. Kaitare is a Ugandan living in Canada.  

I agree with Gen. David Sejusa on most of the issues and points he has raised (see article: Enough is enough, Gen. Sejusa tells Museveni). The issues he has raised have actually given us a credible voice of reality for those of us who have experienced and endured the physical torture, inhumane interrogations and humiliation in the various non-gazetted Ugandan detention centers for voicing our political opinions on the Muhoozi Kainerugaba succession issue, even for statements and commentaries we make while out of Uganda.

These threats to life imprisonment and death while being accused of treason, desertion, and misprision of treason are real and have happened to me as an individual and to the many silent majority amongst us who happened to have served in the Ugandan Government previously.

The silent majority is suffering with no voice; meanwhile the Ugandan public has no clue on what transpires in these detention centers. But I'm surprised Gen. Sejusa has only come out now to voice his dissent after being at the helm as the coordinator of intelligence services in Uganda for a while.

I for one , I remember, around the 1st week of April 2009, after having lived in the United States for close to a decade, I returned to Uganda and upon my arrival at the airport, I was arrested by a combined team of misguided  security operatives, under the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force (JATTF).

I was detained and interrogated about various statements I had made while in the United States. In one of the many physical interrogation sessions I endured, I was reminded of a newspaper article I authored in 2001 questioning the validity of the President’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, being promoted from the rank of second lieutenant or lieutenant then, to the rank of Major by then Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi, while he was a guest of the President in Uganda.

I never realized then that I was writing about a subject that was going to haunt me for the rest of my life. Suffice to say, what Gen. Sejusa is writing about – the succession question – has always been and will remain an issue of concern to Muhoozi’s father Gen. Yoweri Museveni and a threat to life for those of us who happen to question his rapid rise in the military, since his entry into the military in the latter part of the 1990s.

President Museveni will always respond with deadly force in the protection of his son, through twisting the laws and constitution of Uganda, while charging whoever dares question his son’s unconventional and rapid rise in the military hierarchy.

I still insist, as I authored in my article then in 2001, that Muhoozi, being the son of the president, his participation in the political, military and security matters in whatever capacity is a dangerous move for the future of Uganda and for the stability of the country’s political and military process.

As I write this I'm well aware that it’s a dangerous subject as exemplified in the suffocation of freedom of speech and the gagging of media houses.

As Ugandans we are heading for a dangerous course. As we witness these developments, while reading Gen. Sejusa's writings and submissions, I'm reminded that he is a full four-star general of the Uganda Peoples Defence Force, which is not by chance or by mistake, but by virtue of his contribution to the nation. Neither is he delusional or crazy – I'm sure he has a point. I just hope it’s not a point too late to change the course of politics and security in Uganda.