Dozens of military army officers, including some senior ones, have been arrested over an alleged plot to overthrow long-time president Yoweri Museveni, Ugandan sources said.
Speaking to the Associated Press, military spokesman Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda said that more officers are being arrested over alleged acts of subversion following the detention Saturday of a colonel with the country’s air forces.
Ankunda said the officers have suspected links to an opposition lawmaker, Michael Kabaziguruka, who is being questioned by the police over similar allegations.
Kabaziguruka is a close ally of opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who was charged with treason following a disputed presidential election in February. Besigye refused to accept the official results that gave victory to Museveni, claiming that he had won the election.
Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, a lawyer for Besigye, said the treason allegations against Kabaziguruka and the army officers are “stage-managed” in an effort to keep Besigye in jail.