Matembe’s picture generates social media debate


The picture that has generated debate


A picture of Uganda’s no-nonsense lady, Dr. Miria Rukoza Koburunga Matembe, relaxing at her home, has generated debate on social media.

The compromising picture was shared by Ritah Kaggwa, a social media commentator, on her Facebook page.

In the picture, a calm Matembe is seated on an easy chair holding her smartphone checking out (whatever she is checking).

She is dressed in a blue ‘Kitenge’ on top of tight fitting blue pair of pants (leggings?)

Male commentators excitedly described the picture with as many euphemisms as they could come up with.

Females on the other hand, seemed a little more sympathetic with a female woman.

Others actually attacked Ritah for allegedly invading a former legislator and known activist’s privacy.

A one Nabulime Claire, described Ritah’s action as “a mistake, completely stupid, unacceptable, irrelevant and uncalled for…Whoever sent u her photo lacks humanity in his or her head”.


Claire says Matembe “is having her private time…..well dressed….and relaxing on her balcony…” and should be respected.

Yet Ritah says she only shared a picture and did not insinuate anything obscene.

“So, I flew to Uganda to invade her privacy?”

A one Sarah Sonia Settimba also requested that Matembe be given a break as she was at her home and has every right to dress the way she sees fit in her own home.

“For the sitting I must say she was relaxing in a home period.”

The debate seems to rotate around the former Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity minister’s sitting posture and dresscode.

About Matembe:

Born August 28, 1953, Matembe is a former member of the Pan-African Parliament from Uganda.

While on the Pan-African Parliament she was chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline a permanent committee of the Pan-African Parliament.

She is founder member of the Centre for Women in Governance (CEWIGO).

A born again Christian Lawyer, Miria is married to Nekemia Matembe, with whom they have four sons, a daughter-in-love and a grand-daughter.

She is a strong proponent for and an advocate of women’s human rights in Uganda.

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

She was one of the 21 member commission that prepared the draft Constitution of Uganda which was later promulgated into the National Constitution of Uganda in 1995.

Her areas of interest and expertise are: (1) Political Empowerment of Women and (2) Youth and Issues of Ethics and Integrity in leadership.

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