Matembe says Museveni dreams like Idi Amin 


Former Ethics minister Miria Matembe says President Yoweri Museveni believes that politics is the art of managing society. 

She said Makerere issue is political and one cannot separate politics from the management of any institution in the country.

“He [Museveni] dreamed at night and made the order in the morning. Idi Amin used to do that,” Matembe said Thursday while appearing on “NBS Frontline” programme.

The third President of Uganda, ruling from 1971 to 1979, Amin seized power in the military coup of January 1971, deposing Milton Obote. 

In August 1972, Amin cited a dream he reportedly had and then declared what he called an “economic war”, a set of policies that included the expropriation of properties owned by Asians and Europeans who he expelled. 

H.E. Idi Amin Dada was the Chancellor of Makerere University from 1971 to 1979. 

During his term, he conferred upon himself the Doctorate of Law of Makerere University.

Matembe said amid all this, one thing is clear: Makerere is poorly and badly managed and there is need of an overhaul. 


“Museveni, a parent of rich children, didn’t stop to think about implications of this decision, especially to poor parents. I wish Makerere could pick its own leaders. The problem is the political hand.”

Matembe also hinted at the issue of tribalism at Makerere University saying it cannot be solved because it [tribalism] runs through the country. 

She said closing Makerere will not solve its problems. 

“Some of these children chased away have no transport or even where to go. Stranded Makerere University students have been told to go to CPS (as though there is food at CPS!)” 

She went on: “President Museveni has told Makerere lecturers to wait because “we are working on roads”. Do the staff eat roads? Government should take interest in Makerere. This institution should be properly managed. Our children are suffering.” 

She asked government to prioritise the human resource development of the country. 

Parents who toil to send children to Makerere should be consulted amid all this, she noted. 

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