Uganda arrests 29 people accused of plotting to “overthrow” the government.
Ugandan police have detained 29 persons they believe are members of a newly established rebel organization trying to destabilize the administration of President Yoweri Museveni, who was re-elected in contentious elections in January.
According to authorities, the newly established Uganda Coalition for Change, or UCFC, is responsible for recent assaults on police personnel in central Uganda.
According to authorities, the 21 persons detained on Monday and eight people arrested on December 21 “went training in weaponry and military maneuvers at the UCFC rebel camps” in central Uganda.
According to the statement, suspects admitted to murdering two police officers in an ambush in Mityana district in early December, as well as two others in an assault on a police station in adjacent Kiboga district on December 17, when weaponry were also seized.
The suspects are largely young individuals who “entered the rebel organization with ambitions of overturning the incumbent administration,” and are motivated by the result of the presidential election in 2021.
Central Uganda is a stronghold for opposition leader and musical sensation Bobi Wine, who stood against Museveni in the January election.
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The wine was placed under house arrest after rejecting the results and alleging extensive election fraud and violence against his supporters.
Police have issued a warning to “those politicians pushing themes of violence” who seek to “cause a social breakdown.”
Wine has advised followers to regain a stolen win without resorting to violence, instead advising them to employ constitutional methods.