Several top Ugandan army officials and opposition leaders were among about 30 people arrested last week in the East African nation for allegedly plotting a coup against President Yoweri Museveni, 71, who is serving a fifth term.
The country’s army spokesperson Colonel Paddy Ankunda told Associated Press on Friday that the persons arrested were “linked to a rebel group” that he did not name.
Among those arrested included a senior opposition lawmaker, Michael Kabaziguruka, and another opposition politician.
A Local newspaper the Daily Monitor said one of the arrested soldiers is a captain responsible for the armoury at Bombo Military Barracks, the army headquarters north of the capital Kampala.
The country’s opposition leader Kizza Besigye is already in custody on treason charges after he swore himself as the country’s president a few days before the official swearing in of President Museveni.
Besigye claims that he won the February election and has refused to accept the official results, which gave victory to Museveni.
Lawyers to the opposition leaders have said that the allegations against their clients are stage-managed to keep Besigey in custody longer.
The opposition leader has previously been charged with treason in 2005, but the case was eventually dropped.
A long-standing opponent of Museveni, Besigye has been frequently jailed or placed under house arrest over the years, News24 reported.