Why should we trust Gen Sejusa now?
Posted Sunday, October 13 2013 at 01:00
I read a story in your paper title “UPDF looting sparked war in northern Uganda” and to me, much as I was born at the end of the 80s, the name David Tinyefuza (now Sejusa) still drives my nerves cold because of what is associated with it.
This name is known in Acholi so much so that an elderly person can instantly answer any questions you may raise regarding him.
It is apparent that right from the onset of Amin’s regime, our tribe has been subject to prejudice probably because Acholi has always played a part in any transition in the history of Uganda. So, to suppress them would mean control over waves of transition in Uganda. It is amazing that in this generation, many still think that Obote and even worse, Amin are Acholi by tribe.
That is why it is not strange that Ugandans are being swayed from one end to another by soldiers claiming to have broken away from the ruling government. Why soldiers? Are their hands clean? Is it impossible for Uganda to have an army loyal to civilian authority?
Take the case of Sejusa, for northern Uganda, he is a time bomb ready to explode and claim lives of thousands again after Kony retreated to Central Africn Republic.
If nobody in government or the army is complaining about his absence and his salary continues to come every month, why should we trust him? Can a child claim to have abandoned his home while he keeps getting his breakfast, lunch and supper from home? He is simply on a mission as the head of intelligence services.
He has neither been sacked nor replaced, he is on duty and not away without official leave.
Northern Uganda must take heed and never give a reason for anyone to execute us again. Why Sejusa was quick to reach out to Col Ogole soon after forming his group must be a sign that he wants to find a treasonable offence again in the north as he did claim in the 80s. We all know that the north has never had a friend or ally in its quest for power. Col Ogole should keep away from Sejusa and remember that he still has relatives left behind who may suffer the earlier fate.
It would be absurd if anyone sides with a man who should by now be answering in the Hague, were it not for our sleeping leaders.
The best way for us is to show Ugandans that we are no longer interested in war.
Uganda now needs a transitional leader to put an end to tribalism rather than a bush fighter. If Obote came into power because of his brain, then Uganda can still have a civilian leader.