Sejusa move for alliance dubious - FDC’s Okumu

Saturday April 25 2015



Reagan Okumu

Reagan Okumu 

By JULIUS OCUNGI

GULU.

The Acholi Parliamentary Group chairperson, Mr Reagan Okumu, has said Gen David Sejusa’s move to work with the Opposition in removing President Museveni and the NRM party out of power is suspicious.

“It puzzles me to see Gen Sejusa, who has been in the government for all this long and opposing the Opposition, fleeing the army into exile and all of a sudden coming back suspiciously. Now he wants to cooperate with FDC, an opposition party challenging the NRM government,” Mr Okumu told journalists in Gulu Town on Tuesday.

Mr Okumu said Gen Sejusa recently wrote to the FDC president, Maj Gen (rtd) Mugisha Muntu, seeking a political alliance with the party but his request was rejected.

He said the FDC National Executive Committee rejected Gen Sejusa’s request because he is still a serving officer of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and he could be on a spying mission for the government.

“When NEC sat down recently to discuss Gen Sejusa’s request, they considered him unclear on his leadership ambition. His coming back from exile was very suspicious and his move to request for cooperation was also considered tactical,” said Mr Okumu.

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He warned of people who are targeting Opposition political parties and confusing masses about liberating the country yet they are still with the sitting government.

However, last week, the DP spokesperson, Mr Kenneth Kakande, announced they were ready to work with Gen Sejusa to cause regime change.
Gen Sejusa fled into exile in UK in 2013 and formed a political organisation, Freedom and Unity Front, to challenge President Museveni’s government.

However, he returned on December 14 last year and was received by State security upon arrival at Entebbe airport.

He said he had returned home to continue with his struggle against Museveni’s regime.
But his return has sparked more suspicion than trust among the Opposition regarding his motives.

He has since applied to the UPDF for retirement but the army has not approved his application.

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