Gen Ssejusa fills forms to retire from the Army

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KAMPALA– The former Cordinator of Intelligence Services, Gen David Sejusa also known as Tinyefuza has today May 26th 2022 turned up at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs for documentation in preparation for retirement.

Gen Ssejusa arrived at the Center for Documentation for retirement at Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs Headquarters in Mbuya and was received by officers who took him through the exercise. 

Gen Ssejusa is one of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) senior 34 officers who will be retired under Batch 12 in July this year.

Others who will be retired alongside Gen Ssejusa include former Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine, Lt Gen John Mugume, Lt Gen Proscovia Nalweyiso, General Court Martial Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, Maj Gen Stephen Kashaka, Maj Gen Phinehas Katirima, Maj Gen Elly Kayanja, Maj Gen Michael Ondoga, Maj Gen Gavas Mugyenyi and  Brig Stephen Kwiringira among the notable ones.

Most of those to retire were part of the 1986 National Resistance Army liberation war that brought the current government led by Gen  Yoweri Kaguta Museveni into power.

According to the UPDF Conditions and Terms of Service, it’s illegal to keep army officers in active service once they clock a certain age and are not promoted to the next rank.

For example, it’s illegal to have an officer at the rank of captain or major, aged 50, in active service and at the age of 40, if a captain is not promoted to major, the army must retire the officer.

Regulation 28, Cap 307 of the terms of service specifies at which age an officer should be promoted to another rank if not be retired from the service but according to army sources, the UPDF continues to flout section of its own regulations.

From the rank of Lieutenant to Captain, one can apply for early retirement at 40 years, while a Major can leave service at 45 years while a  Lieutenant Colonel in the UPDF can retire at 47 years, while a Colonel’s retirement age is 51 years.

From the rank of 2nd Lieutenant to General, an officer can rightly apply for retirement after 14 years of service, while the lower ranks can retire after nine years.