MPs to decide Sejusa’s fate without his defence
Posted Saturday, November 2 2013 at 02:00
Parliament- The parliamentary committee on rules will proceed to make recommendations on whether the army MP David Sejusa should lose his seat in the House, without hearing from him.
Parliament has been investigating whether there is justification to strip renegade Gen Sejusa of his seat following his absence from Parliament since April.
A Member of parliament who misses 15 consecutive sittings without reasonable excuse loses his/her seat.
The Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee made the decision after the former spy chief defied the latest summons requiring him to appear before it to explain his absence from the House proceedings.
On Thursday, the chairperson of the committee, Mr Fox Odoi, said Gen Sejusa had been summoned many times “using all available means” but he had ignored them.
“The committee has summoned him over 10 times through the media, by sending him email, through the British Embassy and also his last known address.
As a committee, we have done everything we could do under the circumstances,” Mr Fox said
According to Mr Fox, the committee’s report will be ready by Wednesday.
Gen Sejusa has said he cannot appear in person due to security reasons.
He is wanted for treason following a letter he wrote to the Director of Internal Security Organisation in April, asking him to investigate claims that there was a plan to assassinate top government officials opposed to what was dubbed as the “Muhoozi Project”, a reference to a perceived scheme by President Museveni to groom his son, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to succeed him.
When the Parliament proceedings started last month, the Committee promised to explore all possibilities of cross-examining the General via Skype, as requested by his lawyers.
However, members later backtracked on the proposal, saying the rules of procedure did not provide for such a method.
In the alternative, his lawyers asked the committee to travel to London where the general lives, but the MPs rejected the proposal.
Last month, Gen Sejusa’s lawyers also presented a letter reportedly authored by their client, questioning the independence of the House to resist pressure from President Museveni.