Crime & Investigation

Sejusa: Military Court Facing Huge Embarrassment

Gen Sejusa on arrival at Makindye Military Court Martial (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Uganda Cranes defender Ivan Bukenya and winger Sula Matovu have been drafted in the 26-man official squad to represent South African giants Kaizer Chiefs in the preliminary rounds of the Caf Champions League.

Chiefs begin their campaign this weekend on Sunday, approved February 14 away to Volcan de Moroni at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh in Mitsamiouli, Comoros. The second leg will be hosted at the Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, February 27.

The inclussions will serve as a boost to the two compatriots who have found playtime hard to come by at the coach Steve Komphela’s side in the recent. Bukenya only managed a substitute  appearance over the weekend in the team’s 3-2 win against Maritzburg United on Saturday.

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Sula Matovu couldnt make to the team altogether.

The two have been registered to use shirt numbers 29 and 30 respectively. The club reserved four shirts for further inclusions incase they reach group stages.

Kaizer Chiefs Caf CL squad.
Reyaad Pieterse (1), Brilliant Khuzwayo (16), Itumeleng Khune (12), Siboniso Gaxa (2), Erick Mathoho (3), Daniel Cardoso (4), Siyanda Xulu (5), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (6), Willard Katsande (8), Camaldine Abraw (9), George Maluleka (11), Lucky Baloyi (13), Siphiwe Tshabalala (14), George Lebese (17), Kgotso Moleko (18), Bongani Ndulula (19), Siphelele Mthembu (20), Morgan Gould (21), Edward Manqele (22), Keegan Ritchie (23), Tsepo Masilela (24), Bernard Parker (25), Lorenzo Gordinho (26), Hendrick Ekstein (27), Sula Matovu (28), Ivan Bukenya (30).
Lawyers representing the former Coordinator Of Intelligence Organs Gen David Sejusa have asked the General Court Martial to halt charges against their client or face an embarrassment, buy more about Chimp Corps report.

In their submissions on Tuesday morning, and the lawyers led by David Mushabe told court presided over by Maj. Gen. Levi Karuhanga that it was unfortunate for the army court to continue trying the renegade general yet there is an ongoing case in the High Court challenging his continued stay in the UPDF.

According to the lawyers, the laws of natural justice dictate that the army court first halt the trial for Sejusa as it awaits the civil High Court to pronounce itself on an almost similar case against the senior army officer.

“This is in interest of fair play and natural justice that the General Court Martial should let the High Court do its work and this will save the former court from embarrassment in case the High Court rules in his favour,” Mushabe told court.

The troubled General ponders on the next move

The troubled General ponders on the next move

“It would be a total embarrassment in case the High Court rules that Gen Sejusa is no longer a serving army officer. Halting the case in the General Court Martial will in no way be an injustice to both the accused and the state but rather a measure to speed up justice.”

The defence lawyers argued that it is a prerequisite that all government organs and agencies work hand in hand to avoid contradiction adding that the same principle should be applied by the army court.

Sejusa is accused of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline, absence without official leave and participation in partisan politics.

State Drags Feet

Meanwhile, the prosecution side led by Col Asingura Kagoro, Maj. Moses Buwaso, Maj. Raphael Mugisha and Lt. Ambrose Iguma told court that Sejusa’s lawyers had misused the doctrines of the law in a bid to suit their case.

“The defence lawyers are suggesting that there is an employer- employee relationship between Gen. Sejusa and the UPDF which is not true because in the army we only have service and nothing else,” the lawyers told court.

The ex spymaster listening attentively to the proceedings

The ex spymaster listening attentively to the proceedings

Prosecution lawyers said they were well aware of the matter before the High Court but said this can only be disposed off after evidence being adduced adding they cannot predict its outcome.

“The matters before High Court should not be mixed before those before the General Court Martial. Gen Sejusa is still an officer subject to military law and the submissions of his lawyers are meant to delay justice,” said Col Kagoro.

Meanwhile the court chaired by Karuhanga adjourned the case for one hour to  rule on the application by Sejusa’s lawyers.


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