Former head of Uganda’s Military Intelligence Gen David Sejusa has angrily dismissed allegations that he and other senior Ugandan officers in the rebel National Resistance Movement Army (NRA) looked down upon refused to accept soldiers of Rwandan descent, who were part of the bush war that catapulted the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government into power in 1986.
Gen Sejusa yesterday described the propagators of the allegations as “enemies of Africa” and “Those who see their compounds and think it’s the whole Universe!”
The claims against Gen Sejusa and his colleagues are entailed in an unpublished theses Masters penned years ago by one Stephen Twebaze.
In the paper, Twebaze claims “historical evidence” that Gen Sejusa together Tadeo Kanyankole, Pecos Kutesa, and Julius Chihanda never truly accepted Rwandan NRA soldiers including current Rwandan leader Paul Kagame and the late Fred Rwigyema, despite their crucial contribution in the war.
The duo rose through the ranks during the bush war and even served in high positions in the new NRM government before they later led their kinsmen to invade the Hutu led government in Rwanda and end the catastrophic genocide of 1994.
Mr Twebaze claims in his research that the Ugandan senior officers undermined their Rwandan counterparts “at every turn, causing fury in the NRA”
Even after the war, he says, there was general consensus senior officers that the Ugandan army was “being dominated by foreigners.”
Mr Twebaze quotes, for instance that Sejusa refused to salute Rwigyema and Kagame because “army regulations” did not permit saluting a foreigner.”
Gen Sejusa however, described these claims yesterday as “just nonsense and “almost close to bizarre.”
“If that’s what we were, we would not have won that war,” Gen Sejusa said.
In a string of tweets, the General went on to reveal that he and the Rwandan compatriots were very close, particularly Paul Kagame, who was one of his first intelligence officers,1982.”
Sejusa revealed further that he even travelled to Kigali after the end of the genocide in 1994 to meet with new President Kagame.
“When Kigali fell;1994, I was the first there, to see them and get my brother who had gone with Rwigyema and was part of RPA! Paul Kagame gave him to me! See me there with “my enemy” a few weeks after fall of Kigali!”