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Gen Sejusa loses bid to block trial

Wednesday February 10 2016

Former Coordinator of Intelligence Services General David Sejusa alias Tinyefuza. A military court on Tuesday ruled that General Sejusa will spend more two weeks in jail, that now means the four star general will not participate in the upcoming general election slated for February 18 this year. PHOTO | MORGAN MBABAZI |

Former Coordinator of Intelligence Services General David Sejusa alias Tinyefuza. A military court on Tuesday ruled that General Sejusa will spend more two weeks in jail, that now means the four star general will not participate in the upcoming general election slated for February 18 this year. PHOTO | MORGAN MBABAZI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

EPHRAIM KASOZI
By EPHRAIM KASOZI
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KAMPALA, Tuesday

Former Coordinator of Intelligence Services General David Sejusa alias Tinyefuza will spend more two weeks in jail, the Military Court ruled on Tuesday.

The decision by the General Court Martial at Makindye chaired by Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga, now means that the four star general will not participate in the upcoming general election slated for February 18 this year.

“General (Sejusa), your case is adjourned to February 23 this year for ruling on bail,” held Maj Gen Karuhanga.

Driven in a convoy comprising of both Military Police and prison vehicles, Gen Sejusa appeared before a fully packed courtroom where his lawyers asked the court to grant him bail pending trial citing his advanced age and public interest.

SEJUSA'S PLEA

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“The charges against our client are political in nature and not grave that they do not require him to stay in jail.

It is in interest of the public that he is released on bail pending trial,” argued Mr Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, one of Gen. Sejusa’s lawyers.

He presented two sureties; Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Case Medical Center Surgeon Dr Deo Kizito Lukyamuzi.

In the sworn statement before court, Gen Sejusa, 61, said he is of advanced age and cannot handle the harsh conditions of prison life.

“I am the sole breadwinner for my family. I have children attending both university and high school that depend on my support.

I have never been arrested, charged, convicted and or have any criminal record of any crime in my entire life whatsoever,” he said.