Matembe: Why I felt out with Museveni


Maria Matembe

Former Ethics and Integrity minister, Miria Matembe, says Ugandan youth have become so cheap as to be bought off like pancakes to join President Yoweri Museveni.

“Everyone is being used by this regime, everyone is being bought off,” Matembe said while speaking at Amama Mbabazi’s rally held at Nakivubo stadium yesterday.

“Our youth are being bought off like pancakes,” she said, accusing the ruling party of failing to create employment opportunities for the country’s young.

“We have become refugees in our own country,” she pointed out, adding, “Wake up and let us reclaim our citizenship.”

Matembe, an advocate of women’s rights in Uganda, said she fell out with Museveni because of his “greed for power”.

“I told Museveni at the Kyankwanzi retreat not to change the constitution but he bought off all MPs and changed it,” Matembe noted.

Museveni then scrapped term limits and gave himself more years in office.

She revealed having to told the same to Mbabazi but he asked for more time to hold on until it got out of hand.

“Even Mbabazi realised that things had changed for the worst, that’s when he gave it [regime] up.”

Matembe who was once a Member of Parliament, says the “motto of this country has changed from “For God and My Country” to “For my stomach and my family””.

For over two decades beginning in 1989, Matembe was a member of Uganda’s parliament.

She worked in Ugandan government as minister for ethics and integrity from 1998 to 2003, after which time she became an MP with the Pan-African Parliament representing Uganda.

In 1995 she was a member of the Constitutional Court that created the Ugandan Constitution.

She was the former chairperson of Action for Development, Uganda’s leading women’s advocacy organization, an organization she cofounded.

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