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I don’t need UPDF retirement, says Gen Sejusa

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The former coordinator of intelligence agencies, Gen David Sejusa has said he is already retired from the army after the High Court ruled in 2016 that he was no longer a serving UPDF officer since he had spent years without getting benefits from the army.

In an interview with Eagleonline, Gen Sejusa on why he was missing on list of the 19 UPDF generals who retired today at State House, the maverick general said he doesn’t need UPDF retirement.

“I hear people asking why I was left out on the retirement list! Retire from what? I was retired by court and I suppose everyone knows that. Whether they retire [me] or they don’t, I’m retired,” he told Eagleonline in a recent interview.

In her ruling, Justice Margeret Oumo said that Gen Sejusa was entitled to constructive discharge from the army since he no longer receives a salary and other benefits nor he has been deployed by the UPDF for one and a half years.

Last year, the UPDF had put Gen Sejusa on the list of the 19 Generals who retired on Monday but the name was later removed.

Among those retired on Monday is Gen Joram Mugume, who is the chairman of National Enterprise Corporation, an economic wing of the UPDF.

Gen Joram Mugume had also served as the Deputy Army Commander and Coordinator of Alliance for National Transformation, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu.

Gen Elly Tumwine, who was put in the list in 2017 among the officers to retire is reported to have said that he wanted to remain serving.

The other officers who have retired include;  Maj Gen Nathan Mugisha, Maj Gen Sam Turyagyenda, Brig. Ramadan Kyamulesire, Maj Gen Timothy Sabiiti Mutebile, and Brig. Charles Angulo Wacha.

Others include Brig. Sam Kakuru, Brig. Matthew Ssewankambo, Maj Gen.Jimmy Wills Byarugaba, Maj Gen Sam Wasswa Mutesasira, Brig. Gyagenda Kibirango, Brig.Tom Tumuhairwe, Maj. Gen. Ambrose Musinguzi, Brig. Mulondo, and Brig. John Mulindwa.

The UPDF spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire yesterday saluted the retired officers. “The UPDF salutes the gallant 19 General Officers set to retire today at a ceremony presided over by H.E, the President and Commander-in-Chief. Their years of sacrifice during active military service have not been in vain. Uganda is now peaceful. We wish them well,”

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