By Ivan Mwine
Controversial Gen. David Sejusa, who unceremoniously fell out with his senior commanders in the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) is finally a free man after he retired together with other Generals from the army.
Sejusa, who has long wanted to retire although the army had rejected his retirement request, is among the 48 UPDF Generals that were on Tuesday officially retired from the army by the Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
According to list released by the UPDF, Gen Sejusa whose force number is RO00031, is number two among the 48 Generals that retired from active service.
Sejusa, formerly Tinyefuza, fell out with the UPDF and his boss President Museveni in 2013 after he penned a lethal dossier in the media exposing a sinister plot that was being hatched up by some people with intent to ensure that Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba takes over power from his father Museveni, what he termed as ‘Muhoozi Project’.
Sejusa warned then in his letter that the people behind Muhoozi Project were so determined that they were ready to exterminate whoever tried to frustrate their Project.
Meanwhile, during the retirement ceremony, President Museveni urged the retired Generals to work for themselves and build the economy now that they are done with serving the army.
“You have done army work. Now go and do something in the economy in these last years,” Museveni said, adding;
“As President and Commander in Chief of the UPDF, I am very happy to be part of the process of retirement (with ample benefits), coming to fruition for our comrades; each one of them is a miracle story of sacrifice, courage and service for little to no pay.”
The President also noted that; “As the country they have served long enough to stabilise is firm enough to take care of them now, I encourage them to utilise the retirement benefits wisely in order to make a good contribution to the economy. We recognize the strides made to this day, a difference from the past when servicemen were retired by elimination, death or prison sentencing. Even the retired officers under the UPDF before this point have gone home without a good enough package due to constraints before.”