Opinions from different people point to several reasons why they think that the bombs that went off in Kampala on the 11th July 2010 may not have been an al shabaab operation. It is suspected that it may after all be a plot by the Ugandan government to keep itself in power.
Below are some reasons that may have sparked the bombs:
1. To quote a the weekly observer:
Museveni never planted any bomb but elements in his NRA guerilla outfit did. In his book, The Agony of Power, Brig. (Rtd.) Matayo Kyaligonza who commanded the Black Bomber unit writes on page 14:
“My unit, Black Bomber, and the 7th battalion made Kampala City very unsafe by 3pm. All shops were closed. This became the order of the day, and it was inadvertently referred to as ‘Akabbomu kabisse’.”
I highly suspect that people who bombed and carried out terrorist attacks, like Kyaligonza writes, to get into power can repeat their act when properly cornered. This regime had been cornered and it can do anything not to lose power.
2. Feuding business associates. We have seen so many business catching fire and being completely destroyed. The inside story often is of infighting for control. Police investigations to most of the fires have never become public.
3. Return of the Allied Democratic Forces rebels or another rebel group, considering that Uganda is soon to elect a new president and members of parliament.
4. Uganda army officers not happy with the African Union missions in Somalia.
5. Tensions between the Ethiopians and Somalis. The ethiopians invaded Somalia in 2006. One of the places where the bombs went off was an ethiopian village restaurant, a highly popular hangout.