Uganda: Sejusa Has Not Been Retired From Army Over Bad Conduct, Says Museveni
President Museveni has said the former coordinator of Intelligence services Gen. David Sejusa has not been retired from the army because of his bad conduct.
While addressing the press on Friday, Mr Museveni said the army would have to first reform General Sejusa before offloading him onto society.
Gen Sejusa, who the army arrested on Sunday at his home in Kampala and on Tuesday arraigned before the Court Martial, is now on remand in Luzira Maximum Security Prison.
He was charged with several offences including insubordination, absence without official leave, conduct prejudicial to the good order of the army and engaging in political activity, contrary to the military law.
During today's press conference, Mr Museveni said, "Why should the army off load a trouble maker on society? Why don't you first process him so that by the time he goes to society he is a reformed person?"
He added, "Yes, he [Sejusa] will eventually leave the army. I don't know whether he will be sentenced; I don't know what will happen. But it is not correct to offload on to society somebody who has already shown signs of bad conduct in the army."
General Sejusa, has in the past said to keep ambitious army officers in check, President Museveni vetoes their retirement from the army.
The president also reassured Ugandans of peace and security during the February 18 election.
He said Opposition politicians saying there will be violence are panicking, having realised they will lose.
"They know we are going to beat them by a big margin," said Mr Museveni during a press conference on Friday.
"So they want people to think there will be chaos; so they should remain at home. No one can disturb the peace," he added.
Mr Museveni, who is the National Resistance Movement (NRM), presidential candidate, said Ugandans should relax.
NRM Secretary General Ms Justine Lumumba last month said for as long as Mr Museveni is president, the party would not leave power.
To those who might be contemplating protesting against the results - should they be rigged - Ms Lumumba said the government would shoot such protesters.
"The state will kill your children if they come to disorganise and distabilise the peace and security in Kampala and Wakiso," Ms Lumumba said in Wakiso District.
Days later, the deputy resident district commissioner of Jinja Mr Sakwa also said the government would shoot people who will attempt to disorganise the polls.
Ms Lumumba urged parents to prevail upon their children not to take part in protests that might be called to express displeasure against the poll results.
Ms Lumumba's warning came against the background by statements by many opposition politicians that they would not just watch as their votes are stolen.