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Uganda general 'under house arrest'

A military general who recently returned to Uganda from exile in the UK has been put under house arrest by soldiers, according to an opposition group.

The group, Free Uganda, said the arrest of the four-star General David Sejusa was "a cowardly act" by President Yoweri Museveni's regime.

Gen Sejusa returned from exile in London in December in what seemed to be a negotiated settlement with Mr Museveni, Uganda's long-serving president.

Gen Sejusa yesterday told journalists that he had turned down Mr Museveni's invitation to meet for reconciliation.

The general heads a political party opposed to what he says is the president's increasingly authoritarian rule.

Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda said the military action is intended to give Gen Sejusa protection. Journalists were barred by heavily armed military police from getting close to the scene.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo tweeted: "The renegade and bellicose Gen. Sejusa has been put under military confinement by the Uganda People's Defence Forces or UPDF and is safer that way."

The army had previously said Gen Sejusa faced charges of treason, and some of his aides were arrested and charged with plotting to overthrow Mr Museveni's government after he fled the country in April 2013.

At the time, he had written a letter to the domestic spy chief urging him to investigate allegations of a plot to kill high-ranking government officials seen as being opposed to the political rise of Mr Museveni's son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who runs the country's special forces.

Many Ugandans believe Mr Kainerugaba is being groomed to succeed his father. Mr Museveni denies it.

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