Matembe: Museveni selfishly seeking cheap popularity

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Former Ethics and Integrity minister Miria Matembe says President Yoweri Museveni is driving on the ignorance of masses to stay in power.

“If President Museveni were serious in his first 100 days, he would have first reduced public expenditure. Quite clearly he is not,” Matembe said while appearing on “NBSFrontline” programme Thursday night.

According to Matembe, the ‘Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo’ means they have been joking for many years.
“I dont conform to the word “Hakuna Mchezo” which means they have not been serious all along,” Matembe said, adding, that while MPs were given expensive cars, some committees have never held meetings apart from swearing in.

She wondered how one can buy vehicles for MPS for over Shs30 million and yet the worker in the hospital is not paid a salary.

“If you are running a government and the commissioner has to appear before you, it is the first sign of failure.”

She added: “Museveni’s personal actions are part of cheap popularity. It’s not right for him to go around humiliating people.”

Matembe revealed that President Museveni is now doing things that he used to condemn when he was still a man of vision.

Nankabirwa defends Museveni
In defence, Government Chief Whip, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa, said for the first time, President Museveni met Cabinet and gave his 15 points which were expanded them to 23.

“The president has now started meeting ministries. This is another first. Operation “Hakuna Mchezo”.

But Matembe insisted some selfish individuals want to stay in power to take advantage of ignorant people.

“Which “Kisanja Hakuna Muchezo” when Museveni dismisses health workers without addressing their concerns like low pay.”

Nankabirwa said one of the major challenges in the health sector is drug theft.
“Ugandans are sharp. You are talking about Nakawuka medical workers, but let’s remind ourselves of NAADS people.”

She said the ministry of health has been tasked to come up with methods of ending drugs theft.
“I am really surprised that Nankabirwa is hailing president Museveni’s actions; who is doing anything to be popular,” Matembe cut in.

She said for example, the opposition can’t freely mobilise.
“Do you know why medical workers are quiet? they were invited to State House. Again, this is nonsense.”

Matembe then cited the creation of new districts which she said is driven by personal political interests of lobbyists.

“President Museveni should be in position to guide the people (on districts formation) not just follow,” she suggested, adding, that when he found it convenient, he (Museveni) gains support when he gives people districts he now gives.

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