Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, is one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders [Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]

Ugandan police have arrested Henry Tumukunde, a retired general who plans to stand for president, for suspected treason.

In a statement on Friday, police said Tumukunde, a former ally of longtime President Yoweri Museveni and ex-security minister, was accused of enlisting “the support of a neighbouring country to support him in removing the current leadership” – an apparent reference to Rwanda.

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Appearing on television last week, Tumukunde, 60, had said: “If I was Rwanda, I would wish to support people who want to cause change in Uganda.”

Relations between Uganda and Rwanda have been strained for more than a year over accusations that they support each other’s

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