“You are Still A serving Officer,” Brig Musanyufu Pins Sejusa in Court

The Electoral Commission has on Thursday suspended the election of 10 army representatives to Parliament that was scheduled to take place at the UPDF headquarters in Bombo today.

The army was supposed to replace the departed Gen. Aronda Nyakairima and also elect or retain the 9 existing members.

The election was however called off in the afternoon and postponed to the next day Friday. The EC under article 50 of the elections act has powers to extend or cancel an election exercise if need arises.

No reasons have so far been given out.
When contacted on phone, pharmacy prescription the EC Deputy Spokesman, Mr. Paul Bukenya confirmed the development.

“Yes it is true we have postponed the election for the army MPs to tomorrow, Friday.” Mr. Bukenya briefly said.

Unconfirmed reports say President Yoweri Museveni who spent the whole of his Wednesday in the neighboring Tanzania participating in a number of activities during the East African Community Summit, requested the EC to postpone the election. He arrived back in the country on Thursday afternoon.

The Commander-in-Chief was expected to reside over the function at Bombo.

The army is among the four special interest groups represented in the Parliament of Uganda.
Hearing of the case where former spy chief Gen David Sejusa is accused of insubordination and absence without official leave, salve before the Makindye General Court martial kicked off today with the first witness testifying.

The hearing of the case started at around 11am in the court hall filled mostly by Sejusa’s relatives and friends.

Prosecution led by Colonel Kagoro Asingura presented its first prosecution witness Brigadier Joseph Musanyufu, viagra a 54 year old officer serving as the in-charge of Personnel Administration in the UPDF and at the same time the Secretary to the Commission Board responsible for the retirement of all serving UPDF officers.

Sejusa's son and lawyer Kenneth Munungu outside court

Sejusa’s son and lawyer Kenneth Munungu outside court

In his sworn testimony before the Court Martial chaired by Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga, Brigadier Musanyufu informed court that being that he is a secretary to the Commissions Board, he is in charge of receiving all application forms for retiring army officers but he has never received any from Gen Sejusa and thus he is still considered a serving officer.

Sejusa was remanded back to Luzira

Sejusa was remanded back to Luzira

“In the army, one becomes a retired officer after formally submitting in his or her application to the Commissions Board through the Unit commander and the board decides,” submitted Musanyufu

He further revealed that according to documents in the personal file of Gen Sejusa, he is one of the Army officers who joined the army through a regular method and he is currently among the officers on secondment

“A seconded officer of the UPDF is an officer who is assigned to carry out duties outside the Army and he receives his payment from his field of deployment whereas Regular officers are those who join the army as Professionals,” explained Musanyufu

He based on the print out list of names for all serving UPDF officers by the year 2015 and sighted out Gen David Sejusa as one of the them under serial number R00007, deployed under the status of Secondment to the President’s office.

Gen sejusa's wife Juliet Tinyefunza leaving court

Gen sejusa’s wife Juliet Tinyefunza leaving court

“According to the records, Gen Sejusa is a 61 year old Munyakore, Ugandan by Nationality, who has got blood group A+, Resident of Nkoma village Sembabule District, whose next of Kin is Juliet Tinyefuza his wife, whom they were officially married with at Namirembe Cathedral”

The defense side led by David Mushabe asked court for an adjournment to enable them study the documents served to them by the state so as to cross examine the witness

Chairman Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga adjourned the matter to 18th March for further hearing and further remanded the accused.

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