Luwero people deal stunning blow to Yoweri Museveni

By Nkonge I Ismael in Kampala – Uganda

Former Uganda Vice President and NRM Chairman for Wakiso, Prof Gilbert Bukenya MP, congratulates his party's opponent Brenda Nabukenya after she won a majority vote in a Luwero by-election Friday.
Former Uganda Vice President and NRM Chairman for Wakiso, Prof Gilbert Bukenya MP, congratulates his party’s opponent Brenda Nabukenya after she won a majority vote in a Luwero by-election Friday. Others in the photo include UPC president Olara Otunnu (2nd right) and FDC president Gen Mugisha Muntu (right).

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.

3 thoughts on “Luwero people deal stunning blow to Yoweri Museveni

  • May 24, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    The only way forward is not to celebrate now because the dictator is all out to apply underhand and dubious methods of rigging the elections and retain power. we should not rule out military intervention as a last resort.the people of Egypt and others sacrificed and we can see the power they yield in dealing with authoritarianism and not succumbing to political abuses.they stand united and will never hesitate to apply “freedom square approach”.Let’s all unite against this.
    we salute Major -General Sejusa for the courage he has exhibited to come out and point at the dictator.Ugandans, this is not the time to open up the old wounds Our General is now born again.let us all focus on the struggle.”Aluta continua”

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  • May 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm
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    Slowly by slowly, even the snail gets home. In the case of Luweero, it has taken 30 years for one of its snails to get home. As “omwana we Luweero (Son of Luweero) I say to Hon. Brenda Nabukenya “kulika olugendo” (Welcome home). Hopefully, together with other fellow Luweerians we can start picking up the pieces of what we once all called home and rebuild in memory of those innocent people including my own brothers who were senselessly killed in the name of freedom which never came. The task ahead is tough and the journey is long, but, where there is a will no mountain is too high to scale, no river is too wide to cross and no valley is too far to notice. “kamukamu gwe muganda” (one by one makes a bundle). Let us all chip in and get the work done in 2016. Nyerere once said “kamata jembe twende kulima” (get your hoe and we go dig). “Uhuru na kazi” (freedom with sweat). Once again Hon. Nabukenya “Karibu nyumbani” (welcome home).

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  • May 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm
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    Each and everything which has a start ,automatically has an end, we orbserved da current regime taking power in 1986, people cereblated to de extent of laying mats,clothes etc in roads where the big man was to pass in order to show him solidality,but nowdays you here people whispering to each other dat omusajja akadiye,ye avaako ddi,twakoowa and so many insults.That being da case it seems people are tired of one man,s dance.

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