Former Ugandan spy chief arrested over illegal rally, released

General David Sejusa

General David Sejusa

The former coordinator of Uganda’s intelligence services, General David Sejusa, aka Tinyefuza has been arrested and cautioned over holding illegal assembly and procession.

He was arrested Friday morning as he drove from Centenary Bank on Kampala Road, towards Jinja Road. “He left his home to go to Centenary Bank to make a transaction, after the transaction, he got back into his car and then on his way down to Jinja Road, he was blocked by a police car.

He was taken out, put into a police car and taken to Jinja Road Police,” says his lawyer David Mushabe

Sejusa’s personal assistant Moses Bigirwa, who was with him at the time of the arrest says  that a group of Boda boda cyclists approached Sejusa as he left the bank, and demanded that he speaks to them about his political ambition, of which, he did briefly and drove towards Jinja Road.

As the General drove along Jinja Road, the cyclists rode alongside his vehicle, honking in support of him. “We were intercepted by a police car while on Jinja Road. A police officer, who didn’t identify himself told him he was under arrest and asked him to drive to Jinja Road Police Station, but when we got here, he was placed under arrest,” says Bigirwa

Sejusa was later in the day released but with a warning not to disturb the peace.

“We are security-alert and Police will not tolerate any illegal acts. That is why General Sejusa was arrested and cautioned,” the Kampala Metropolitan Police commander, Haruna Isabirye, told journalists at Jinja Road Police Station.

General Sejusa returned to Uganda in December 2014, after close to two years in self-imposed exile in the United Kingdom.

He left the country in 2013 after accusing President Museveni, Chief of Police and other senior government officials of trying to kill senior army officials opposed to the “Muhoozi Project”

Since his return, he has been mobilising to participate in the 2016 general election through his Free Uganda Now political party.