NRM is a thief, will fall after Museveni, says Matembe


Miria Matembe

Former Ethics and Integrity minister Miria Matembe says the current ruling NRM government will not survive after President Yoweri Museveni has left power.

Matembe believes there are no parties in Uganda any more.

“If we had real parties, NRM wouldn’t be fighting so hard to kill other parties. There’s no NRM party,” she said Thursday night while appearing on “NBSFrontline”, a political programme.

She revealed that the NRM that picked Uganda from the ditch was broad based.

“Today’s NRM is a thief. Take away President Museveni and NRM will collapse.”

She lauded Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] president Mugisha Muntu and Democratic Party President Norbert Mao for allowing competition at the top.

“We have parties in name but in practical terms, we have no parties in Uganda. We need to build our parties beyond individuals. Before that happens, we are not going anywhere.”

She said it took the Israelites 40 years to cover an 11 day journey noting that aleast for them, they arrived after 40 years “unlike us”.

“When we removed the term limits in 2005, God became angry. We were sent back into the desert. We need a Joshua. We have more colonizers.”

Matembe says colonialists were replaced by fellow Ugandans—Ugandans are slaves in their own country.

Appearing on the same programme last week, Matembe said for example, the police that arrests and harasses members of the oppsotion don’t even know the law.

“You, the police, say you always use this law to arrest Dr. Besigye but you actually don’t know the law! Hmmmm!”

She lauded Dr. Besigye for resisting dictatorship saying he once fought to oust a dictatorship.

“This time, Besigye is choosing non-violence means, having realized there’s no good in taking power through a gun.”

Matembe said the cause is not Besigye—Besigye is a symbol of the cause.

She said the regime does not fear Besigye but his supporters.

“This government should realise the reality on the ground. By arresting Besigye, it is not arresting the spirit of the cause.”

Matembe called for a national dialogue which is not about Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Kizza Besigye but other key players.

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