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By Godfrey Olukya   21-1-2014

A Ugandan renown scholar, Deo Tumusiime currently working as
International Communications Consultant has attacked UK for supporting

a renegade Ugandan army general, David Sejusa.

He said in statement he sent to the media houses that UK is not a genuine

friend to Uganda because it lets Sejusa openly threaten to overthrow
Uganda government.

Sejusa fled to UK last year after claiming that his life was in danger.

He has however made several threats of overthrowing president Musevenis’  regime.

Tumusiime said,” If the United Kingdom were genuinely Uganda’s friends,
they wouldn’t have allowed a renegade army officer to make remarks threatening of an
elected government on their soil. Yet if utterances attributed to Gen.
David Sejjusa in the media regarding intentions to overthrow the
present regime are anything to go by, then there’s a diplomatic
loophole no matter how concealed it might appear.

It is secret no more that the army General has fallen out with his bosses,

and given soldiers’ DNA on the African continent, his intentions must be
contemptuous until he’s able to return and address his concerns at

For starters, the choice of David’s angle of dissent in suggesting
that the President was lining up his son for a successor, did not seem
to win the desired public empathy because it appeared to be more of
hearsay than a likelihood. Besides, even if the allegation were true,
the President’s son would have to be subjected to the due processes of
changing a government like any other eligible citizen, at least as per
the constitution provided.

The other but rather lesser-popular alternative would be to toe in the

footsteps of his father by first imposing himself and then
calling for an election in which he would have the backing of state
machinery- this not without resistance from
the likes of General Sejjusa joining ranks with fellow soldiers on the
opposition side in the likes of retired colonel Kiiza Besigye and Gen.
Mugisha Muntu. This could be Sejjusa’s possible trail to take over
power, in which case then it’s him that Ugandans ought to be concerned
about and not Museveni’s son. Farfetched as this chain of melodrama
may appear, it would obviously have its springboard in the United
Kingdom, the reason why Prime Minister David Cameron, who
coincidentally is Sejjusa’s namesake, ought to come out and denounce
any sinister linkages with the man.

I have come to learn that matters of international relations are so
skewed up with lots of hidden agendas folded in blanket legislations
like human rights instruments that offer political asylum to whosoever
claims ideological dissent. Yet even in the case of Gen. Sejjusa, it
would only but be cowardly of him to make an allegation against an
institution for which he’s been serving as a top leader and then he
apparently excuses himself from the scene without a push. After
throwing in the tantrum, if Ugandans were to take sides and fight over
the question of succession, Gen. David would either be watching the
scenes on TV in his comfortable hotel room in the UK or he would be
the one mobilizing resources to catalyze the chaos. In any case, given
his status, is Sejjusa being hosted as a guest of the state in the UK?
Is he in a refugee facility? Is he in a hotel? Or does he own a home
in the UK? These are questions that cannot go unattended.

It is now common knowledge that folks who breed trouble in many
countries are more often than not, not among the ultimate victims.
We’ve seen this in Kenya where thousands lost their lives following
election disputes but the top guns in Kibaki and Odinga remained
unscathed; in Zimbabwe where Tvangirai as a person was rewarded with a
position after failing to unseat Mugabe; in Congo; in South Sudan
where Marchar is not the 1000th victim in the war he orchestrated; and
often in Uganda where opposition leaders cause trouble in the city and
walk away with it as sheepish supporters spill blood. Individuals
spark trouble for a country and after so many lives have been lost,
they are compensated with positions in government and hailed in some
sections as heroes without being held accountable.

Some of these fellows like Joseph Kony in Northern Uganda, are not necessarily known

to be among the richest and most endowed with wherewithal,
yet somehow they manage to sustain insurgency for many years. This cannot be
merely miraculous, but there’s usually the invisible hand providing
the necessary backup to tear apart a nation. It’s against this
background that the UK, being Sejjusa’s host, ought to come clean and
possibly hand over the man to answer any charges or if there be none,
the General resettles back home to avoid any suspicions of his
ultimate motive.”



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