Unlike Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Museveni neglected the people of Luwero Triangle and the war veterans who helped him a lot during his guerrilla war that brought him to power. Museveni deliberately neglected these areas and the war veterans so that it serves as a measure to deter and discourage others who may venture into supporting armed rebellion against him. In that way, the loss of life and destruction of Luwero Triangle’s economic base during the war over 27 years ago, the total neglect of war veterans and the current appalling poverty levels in the Luwero triangle is a clear message that you support rebellion at your own peril.
For similar reasons during the insurgency in northern Uganda region, its economic base was deliberately dismantled. The donor money for the rebuilding the rame region has been wantonly stolen under the supervision of the Prime Minister. There is no doubt the people of northern Uganda rejected the Museveni governance right from the start and therefore supported the insurgency. To Museveni, a successful rehabilitation of northern Uganda would amount to rewarding the area for supported the rebellion. At the same time the program was designed to be a means of attracting donor money. How would the UPC government have treated Luwero triangle had they managed to wipe out Museveni’s guerrillas and ended the war in the early 1980s?
However, Museveni is faced with a threat of armed rebellion with bases in Buganda region. He has hastily pitched camp in the former Luwero Triangle under the guise of fighting poverty, deployed his top Generals and demarcated the area with senior army officers as Zonal commanders. In military terms, these are purely counter insurgency operations meant to win back the local support and deny the enemy ground. Am sure even the budget for this operation is either directly or indirectly from the Ministry of Defence. The appointment of Gen Katumba Wamala – a Muganda as head of the army also alludes to these efforts.
Unfortunately, the major problem of oppressed Ugandans is failure to understand Museveni’s manipulative ways.