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Uganda: Army bosses meet over Tinye letter

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    By TABU BUTAGIRA & RICHARD WANAMBWA | The Monitor | Oct 04, 2012

    A military High Command has reportedly been summoned to what sources say is an emergency sitting days after the Chief of Security Services warned that impunity, corruption and violence against citizens by people in authority is posing a serious threat to the country.

    Highly-placed security sources said the meeting reportedly scheduled for today was planned to take place at Bombo – a township north of Kampala, and headquarters of the UPDF Land Forces - but it seemed likely the venue could shift to either State House Entebbe or the President’s home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district.

    The agenda of the meeting was, according to our sources, not disclosed. A source closer to arrangements for today’s meeting indicated that the Historical High Command could possibly discuss Gen. David Sejusa’s media statement.

    The meeting comes a couple of days after Gen. Sejusa, formerly known as Tinyefuza, in a handwritten letter to this newspaper, decried the “creeping lawlessness, impunity, primitive arrogance and insensitive behaviour” among “some actors who manage the affairs of the state”.

    He mentioned no names, but urged those in charge to appraise their conduct, to remember that the poor parents of people security operatives these days clobber on the streets, particularly women who get undressed before television cameras and their children, sacrificed to liberate this country.

    Military Spokesperson Col. Felix Kulayigye was yesterday reported to be in Norway and could not be reached for comment.

    Insiders said Gen. Sejusa’s comments had taken the UPDF leadership by surprise and many were upset that he chose Daily Monitor newspaper, and not the established military structures, to air his views.

    This would not be the first time the decorated bush-war hero has a run-in with superiors at the institution he has served for the better part of his life.

    In 1996, the then Tinyefuza testified before the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee of Parliament, telling MPs that the Lord’s Resistance Army war was not drawing to an end in northern Uganda in part due to operational mistakes and mismanagement by UPDF officers.