The Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] will not be counting on any support from Gen David Sejusa, President Gen Mugisha Muntu has said.
The FDC, he stressed, will not as a matter of fact, expect cooperation from Sejusa or any other UPDF official who is still in uniform.
Gen Muntu told press Monday morning in Kampala that Sejusa was also not to be faulted for meeting President Museveni at Statehouse over the weekend, noting that as serving army officer, he was bound by law to heed to a summon by the Commander in Chief.
Following hours of a military blockade at his home in Naguru, the former head of national intelligence organs, together with his lawyers held a meeting with President Museveni in Entebbe on Saturday afternoon.
The meeting, according to Sejusa resolved a number of issues, majorly his retirement from the army and ending deployment at his home.
Gen Muntu in his New Year address at the FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi, appealed to government to grant the former spymaster his wish to retire from the army.
“As I said before, we as FDC are hoping that [Gen Sejusa] will be released from the army; not only him, but also every officer who wants to leave and join politics or business. The army is designed to recruit, but also to retire. It should not be clogged at the top,” said Gen Muntu who was flanked by Terego County MP Hon Kassiano Wadri
“I once made this appeal when I was still in [army] command, before the parliamentary Defense and Internal Affairs Committee. We as the party will back anyone who urges the government to put up a system that allows army officers to retire peacefully.”
But since Gen Sejusa is still serving in the Force, Muntu stated that he was not welcome in FDC, and would not work with him from whatever cause.
“We are not going to count on the support from the army as FDC. We believe that the UPDF should be a neutral institution, that doesn’t support President Museveni, the ruling party or us. We therefore expect any army officer wishing to work with us for regime change to first leave the Force. It’s not a request. It’s a demand.”
Gen Muntu also rubbished Sejusa’s recent claims that he invited the opposition leader to welcome him at the Entebbe Airport, as he returned from exile.
He stated, “I never got any invitation from Gen Sejusa. I should also make it clear that I have never spoken to him ever since he left the country. I have no problem holding talks with him, but that his only after he has been released.