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David Tinyefunza

David Sejusa

General David Sejusa Tinyefuza Munungu is a Uganda People's Defence Force Four Star General decorated with DAMU MEDAL and LUWEERO TRIANGLE MEDAL a Ugandan lawyer and Military officer. He was the Coordinator of Intelligence services in Uganda and a Senior Presidential Adviser to the President of Uganda until he fled the country in 2013. Currently, he is one of the highest-ranking members of the Ugandan military,who are at the rank of full General.He is a member of High Command UPDF, The UPDF defence council and is a member of the Ugandan Parliament, representing the Uganda People's Defence Force. Well known for his walrus moustache and characteristically assertive attitude, he is claimed in the past, to have participated in and directed mass atrocities against the people of Northern Uganda (Most notably the Barlonyo Massacre during the first major military operation (Operation North) under Gen. David Tinyefuza from 1990 to 1991 against the LRA rebels (led by Joseph Kony). Recently he has carried out campaigns of intimidation against leading opposition politicians as well as NRM (ruling party) propaganda media campaigns and the infamous "Black Mamba" military raid on the High court of Uganda. David Tinyefuza was born on 13 November 1954 and is married to Juliet Tinyefuza.[1][2][3][4][5]


Gen. David Sejusa formerly known as "Tinyefuza" attended Nyakasura School.He holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws Honours (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) from Makerere University, the oldest of Uganda's thirty (30) public and private universities. He also attended the Law Development Centre for the Diploma in Legal Practice where he left after clerkship when he left for Cadet training in Tanzania. He was also a student leader Makerere University and Chairman Mitchel Hall. He has obtained Senior Command qualifications,PSC, from the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College at Kimaka, Jinja, Uganda. He also holds a Certificate in Information Technology (Cert. IT), from an institution in Canada.He also attended Police Cadet Course in Tanzania and Senior Command Strategic Course.[6]

Military career

Prior to 1981, David Sejusa Tinyefuza was a policeman with the Uganda Police Force serving as Assistant Superintendet of Police. In 1981, he became a combatant in the Uganda Bush War between the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) of Milton Obote, and the National Resistance Army (NRA) of Yoweri Museveni, from 1981 until 1986. For a period of ten (10) years, following the victory of the NRA in 1986, he served as a member of the National Resistance Army Council (NRAC) and the National Executive Committee (NEC), from 1986 until 1996. Between 1989 until 1992, he served as Minister of State for Defense. In 1993, he was appointed Presidential Adviser on Peace and Security, serving in that capacity until 1997. He was appointed Senior Presidential Adviser and Coordinator of Intelligence in 2005, a position he still holds up to date.[7][8]

General Sejusa's BBC Interview

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Renegade Ugandan army General David Sejusa accused President Yoweri Museveni of creating a "political monarchy" to hang on to power.

In his first interview since he fled to the UK in May 2013, the four-star general told the BBC that Mr Museveni's plans should be opposed.

Gen Sejusa fled after claiming that Mr Museveni was grooming his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba to succeed him.

The government has repeatedly denied any such plan.

Mr Museveni has been in power since 1986, and elections are due in 2016.

'Playing God' The security forces last month raided the offices of two newspapers which published a confidential letter by Gen Sejusa, calling for an investigation into allegations of a plot "to assassinate people who disagree with this so-called family project of holding onto power in perpetuity".

Gen Sejusa told BBC Focus on Africa that Mr Museveni was ruling over a "decadent system" and "playing God" in Uganda.

"Who gave Mr Museveni the right to rule over us forever?" he asked.

Gen Sejusa said Brig Kainerugaba represented a "national project of Mr Museveni to subvert the existing political system in order to perpetuate himself".

"The central issue is a political monarchy - a life presidency and then transiting [to] a political monarchy," he added.

"It is a terribly common African story. There is nothing strange about it."

Pressed to rule out suggestions that he harboured presidential ambitions, Gen Sejusa said: "Why should I? A four-star general without ambitions - he might be in a wrong place."

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo denied there was any "project" that would lead to Brig Kainerugaba succeeding Mr Museveni.

He told Focus on Africa that Gen Sejusa had never raised his concerns within the government, even though he served in the military high command and was an MP representing the army in parliament.

Mr Opondo denied Gen Sejusa would be arrested if he returned to Uganda.

"He's a free man to return, if he's not a coward," Mr Opondo said.

However, the government would "deal" with Gen Sejusa if he resorted to unconstitutional means to oppose the government, he added.

Gen Sejusa told the BBC the constitution gave people the right to "use all means necessary.... including, by the way, armed struggle" to resist a leader who subverted democracy.

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Sejusa's Famous Letter

General David Sejusa formally known as Tinyefunza wrote a letter to the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) to investigate claims that top officials, including the chief of police, may have plotted to either assassinate, or frame, colleagues.

A member of the inner circle of Bush War comrades who fought alongside President Museveni between 1981–85, Gen. David Sejusa a.k.a. Tinyefuza, warns that "these are very serious allegations with potential to destabilise the country".

His instructions are contained in an 29 April letter to the Director General at ISO which he confirmed having wrote. "Yes, I did author that letter sometime back and yes it is my letter,” he said. The General also directs that the inquiry establishes if the plans to eliminate top officers, including himself, have anything to do with their opposition to the so-called "Muhoozi Project". Muhoozi is the son of President Yower Kaguta Museveni.

“… the reason I have written this letter, is in regard to the very serious allegations that have appeared in the press that IGP, Brig. MK, Gen. SS, one Kellen and others hatched an evil and extrajudicial plan of stage-managing the attack on Mbuya barracks [in March] so as to frame some senior members of this government especially I, [Prime Minister] Amama Mbabazi and CDF, Gen. Aronda and those perceived to be anti-Brig. Muhoozi project.

Assassination allegations "Further, you need to investigate the very serious claims that the same actors are re-organising elements of former Wembley under one police officer Ayegasire Nixon to assassinate people who disagree with this so-called family project of holding onto power in perpetuity", he writes. Operation Wembley was a joint security response set up by the President Museveni in 2002 to combat run-away violent crime in Kampala and other parts of the country.

Gen. Sejusa writes that "indeed intelligence has picked some clandestine actions by this reckless and rather naïve actors to have some youth recruited as rebels and then frame some members of security services and key politicians perceived as anti-establishment". The "Muhoozi project" he refers to is an alleged grand, though unspoken plan, to have the commanding officer of the Special Forces Command, Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, replace his father as President.

Saleh issue Gen. Sejusa, who is also the coordinator of intelligence services, refers to another message he sent to the director general voicing the concerns of serving officers at the involvement of Gen. Salim Salim in the army, matters of the economy and affairs of State.

A younger brother to the President, Gen. Saleh was formally retired from the army years ago although he was later appointed senior presidential adviser of defence and security. Yesterday, Gen. Saleh maintained that his position as a presidential adviser confirms that he has a role to play in the defence and security sector. "You very well know that I was appointed Senior Presidential Adviser on defence and security. I’m holding that office until 1 March 2015. True, I’m retired from the army, but I’m a senior presidential adviser and my contract was renewed last year until 2015", Gen Saleh said in a telephone interview.

"I don’t understand him when he says I’m informally involved in the affairs of the army", Gen. Saleh said. "My office is Bombo Military Barracks and I didn’t allocate it to myself. It’s absurd if he wrote that letter. He should make a public apology." Additionally, Gen. Sejusa reflects on reports that Brig. Muhoozi was fast-tracked through ranks and how the so-called Muhoozi project was becoming divisive and a source of intrigue in the army.

Procedures He said he has brought this and its possible consequences to the attention of the President. But Gen. Saleh told the Daily Monitor that his colleague should be aware that there are clear procedures spelt out in the Constitution for one to be elected President. "I expected him (Sejusa) to be more informed on how someone becomes President. He is a long serving army officer and [one] expects him to know that" But Gen. Saleh, said he was shocked by the allegations made by Gen. Sejusa "He is abusing my intelligence and I didn’t expect such claims from a colleague like him."

Police says Police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba last evening said her boss, Gen. Kayihura, was engaged in a meeting and could not answer his phone. But, on her part, Ms Nabakooba said the matter was too sensitive to be answered by her. We were unable to get comment from Brig. Muhoozi and Special Forces Command spokesperson Edison Kwesiga, as their known phone numbers were not available. But Army spokesperson, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, said the Force was unified.


He fought many battles and the most remembered ones are when he was injured in battle at Nayonsa-Kyererezi Kapeeka in September 1981 and again at Katiti-Kalasa Makurubita on 9 March 1983. Major battles fought included the following

1981-2: Commanded Kabalega Unit. Commanded attack on enemy attack at Butalangu-Kiwoko.

1982: Commanded attack of mobile force against enemy forces at Kagembe/ Kanyanda/ Semuto.

1982: Commanded and repulsed the enemy offensive in Nkrumah zone.

1983: Commanded attack on Lukomera - Luweero

1983: Commanded Mobile Brigade force against enemy offensive. (Injured at Katiti) - Makulubita

1983: Commanded forces to repulse enemy attack in Ngoma.

1984: Commanded expedition of Mondlane HQRS from Ngoma back to Semuto areas.

1985: Repulsed an enemy attack on NRA Training School(Kayukiyuki)

1985: Commander Fort Portal Front. Commanded attack on enemy forces at Pachwa Bridge.

1985: Commanded attack on enemy forces at Kiziranfumbi.

1985: Commanded attack on enemy forces at Buhimba.

1985: Commanded attack on enemy forces in Hoima Town and captured the town.(19bn elements of 1$15bn)

1985: Commanded attack on enemy forces in Biiso.(with 19bn, elements of 1st abs15bn)

1985: Commanded an attack against enemy forced at Kinyaala

1985: Commanded attack against enemy forces Isimba Prison Farm.

1985: Commanded attack on enemy forces in Masindi and captured Masindi. (with 19,17'bns and elements of 15 and 1bm)

1985: Commanded attack with Battalions 13th, 15th, 19th and KW to annilulate enemy troops at Kigumba.

1985: Commanded attack on enemy forces at Katurikire.

1986: Commanded attack against enemy forces at Diima.

1986: Commanded the capture of Karuma Bridge.(with 19 bn under Peter Kerim15bn under Samson Mande, 13bn under Ivan koreta,and KW under Jet Mwebaze with 17bn under Adam Waswa in the rear.

1986: Commanded the battle against enemy forces at Koro Bridge.

1986: Commanded capture of Gulu.

1986: Commanded Liberation of West Nile Regime.

1988–91: Commanded troops against rebel forces in Kitgum, Gulu, Lira and West Nile.

Other responsibilities

He is a member of the parliamentary committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. He was Vice Chairman Defence and Internal Affairs Committee in the 8th parliament General David Tinyefuza has continuously represented the UPDF in the Ugandan Parliament since 1986. He is married. He enjoys fishing and cattle ranching.


1. A legal Perspective on the environmental Impact of Conventional weapons in Armed Civil conflicts. The Ugandan case 1962- 1997. (Master’s Degree LL.M Thesis, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, 1997).

2. The Management of Change; Senior Command and Staff College, KIMAKA, 2005 Best student overall with Best Commandant’s Paper.

3. The National Resistance Army Code of Conduct, 1983.

4. "State Liability for Trans-boundary Environmental Damage as accepted in contemporary International Law,” Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 1997.

5. "How does the concept of sustainable development address and harmonize the apparent conflict between environmental protection and development,” Faculty of Law Makerere University Kampala, Uganda, 1997.

6. "A critical analysis of the concept of Inter-Governmental Treaties as Distinct from Inter-state Treaties and its legal implications in particular as regards the International Legal personality of states and the problem of succession of Governments", Faculty of Law, Makerere University Kampala, Uganda 1997.

7. "To what extent should Uganda consider itself to be bound by the 1929 Nile Waters Agreement", Faculty of Law, Makerere University Kampala, Uganda 1997.

8. "While various schools of legal positivism could technically and ideologically explain law in the Capitalist State, they are of no use to the understanding of Law in Post Colonial African States", A discussion paper written for Jurisprudence class", Faculty of Law, Makerere University Kampala, Uganda 1997.

9. National Resistance Council; A Summary of the background to the prevailing situation along the Uganda- Sudan boarder, Report submitted to the National Resistance Council (Parliament) NRC 1990.

10. Constituent Assembly Papers; Process of Constitutional Making, International Conference Centre Kampala 1994.

11. Constituent Assembly papers; A case for the creation of new Districts in Uganda. A summarized paper for CA Delegates; International Conference Centre, Kampala Uganda, 1995.

12. The National Resistance Army Code of Conduct, 1983.

13. Report on Karamoja Anti-Rustling and Disaster Committee 1990

14. Report on probe in the murder of combatants in NRA 1982

See also


External links

  • Profile at Uganda Parliament Website
  • David Tinyefuza Changes Name To David Sejusa
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