Ugandan army retires 40, silent on Gen. Sejusa



IN LIMBO: Ugandan military is yet to respond to Gen. David Sejusa’s request to retire.

The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) has retired 40 soldiers in its first decentralized retirement program at the UPDF 4th division’s headquarters in Gulu district, but is yet to respond to an application by General David Sejusa for retirement filed 90 days ago.

The 40 soldiers, who included four majors, are mostly over 50 years of age and have served in the UPDF for at least 20 years; the UPDF 4th Division spokesperson Ceaser Olweny says most of the soldiers were retired because of advanced age, health related complications and injuries among other reasons.

On December 31st, 2014, General David Sejusa formerly known as Tinyefuza applied to the army leadership seeking to retire on several grounds including long service to the nation.

In the letter, Sejusa noted that he had served in the army for 38 years and needed to retire to concentrate on his personal life. The UPDF act requires the army leadership to respond within 90 days. The commission that handles retirements led by the Chief of Defense Forces can either accept or deny the application.

However, Sejusa’s lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi says they have not heard from the army leadership despite their repeated requests for a response. “We have not yet received any communication from the army yet the 90 days deadline elapsed on Tuesday March 31, Davis Mushabe, another counsel for General Sejusa told this website.

Sejusa, a former close ally to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and permanent member of the army High Command, fell out with the state after he authored a document calling for investigations into a plot to purge senior politicians and army officers opposed to plans by President Yoweri Museveni to have his son succeed him.

He later fled to London in self-imposed exile from where he formed a political party, The Freedom for Unity Front. He returned to the country in November last year after spending close to a year in exile.
Brigadier General Muhanga Kayanja, the UPDF 4th Division commander says that the soldiers who retired will form part of a reserve force that can be called upon any time to protect the country and serve in peacekeeping missions.
Brig. Muhanga also advised the soldiers against alcoholism and women, stating that HIV/Aids is an ever present blight in civilian life the world.