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Uganda – Army Officers Plot To Overthrow President

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Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda said on Sunday, June 12, that more officers are being held over alleged acts of subversion. One of those in detention is a colonel with Uganda’s air forces.

an opposition politician, Michael Kabaziguruka, who is being questioned by the police over similar allegations.

Mr Kabaziguruka is a close ally of opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who was charged with treason following a disputed presidential election in February.

Mr Besigye refused to accept the official results and claimed he had won the election. Mr Museveni has been in power since 1986. He seized power at the end of a guerrilla war against an elected government.

Since then, many of his former colleagues, including Mr Besigye, have broken ranks with him, accusing the president of becoming an authoritarian ruler.

Others claim that Mr Museveni wants to rule for life or has plans to have his son succeed him, which he denies.

NY times reports that the charges against Besigye, a four-time presidential challenger who once served in Mr Museveni’s government, have been criticized by some as an attempt to intimidate the opposition at a time when the president’s popular support is waning, especially in urban areas.

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