By Nkonge I Ismael in Kampala – Uganda
After nearly 30 years of being told porkies by the man they sheltered, gave food to his foot soldiers and hid as government forces looked for him with only one intention on their minds, that of ending his life, the people of the so-called Luwero Triangle, an area of Uganda north of the capital Kampala, have given a stunning electoral blow to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.
After allegedly pocketing millions of shillings offered to them by the Ugandan leader in return for their votes, they took his money in the many bribes he offered them in return for their votes and instead returned to parliament a young woman, Brenda Nabukenya (25) of the Democratic Party (DP) who had lost her seat after a court ruled in favour of Rebecca Nalwanga, the candidate for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) claiming Nabukenya had been irregularly elected during the last general election.
To make matters worse for Gen Museveni who has been in power for nearly 30 years, his former deputy, Prof Gilbert Bukenya, still a member of the NRM who chairs the party’s Wakiso District, joined the opposition in campaigning for Nabukenya alongside other opposition leaders like Dr Olara Otunnu who heads the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) and Gen Mugisha Muntu, once Museveni’s army chief but now head of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change.
The Luwero Triangle was the backbone of the NRM as it waged a war against then President Milton Obote and Gen Tito Okello Lutwa who came after him. Residents, angry mostly at the way now late President Milton Obote of UPC treated the Buganda Kingdom, forcing the then king Edward Frederick Luwangula Mutesa into exile in London where he died in 1969, took up arms with Museveni who ended up having an already made up army of volunteers, with nearly every village willingly sending their sons and daughters into war with him while those that were too old to take up arms smuggled weapons for the NRM and fed the fighters.