Independent presidential candidate Venansius Baryamureeba has told residents of Luweero Triangle to end the “mockery” the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has subjected them to by voting into power a new government.
President Museveni refers to Luweero, where he fought a bloody five-year guerilla war that brought him to power in 1986, as his political Mecca.
However, Prof Baryamureeba said there is nothing to show in terms of development in the sub-region.
“The current state of greater Luweero calls for a new government which recognises efforts of the liberators. The tears you have been shedding for the past years should end after the election,” he said at a rally in Nakaseke Town on Wednesday.
Prof Baryamureeba accused the NRM of creating a false impression that Luweero is developed by equating it to the Holy City of Mecca where Muslims go for pilgrimage annually.
However, NRM national vice chairperson for central region Abdul Nadduli said his party understands better the interpretation of Luweero as its political Mecca.
“NRM has reasons why Luweero has been called Mecca. Prof Baryamureeba may not be in a position to know the details regarding Luweero. NRM has better plans for Luweero which will be fulfilled,” Hajj Nadduli said. The development of Uganda, according to Prof Baryamureeba, would have been faster if regional governments were granted.
Citing the different crops grown in the different districts of Buganda, Prof Baryamureeba said juice processing factories would be built in Luweero and Nakaseke areas to help farmers get better prices.