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Gen Tumwine behind my sacking from NBS TV - Matembe

Miria Matembe while appearing on NBS TV

Miria Matembe while appearing on NBS TV

Miria Matembe, the indefatigable women rights activist has said Security minister, Gen Elly Tumwine influenced her sacking from the popular NBS Frontline talk show that airs every Thursday from 10pm to midnight.

Matembe was a panellist together with NRM’s Ofwono Opondo and DP’s Norbert Mao, with journalist Charles Odongotho as the host. Speaking at the closure of the 24th leadership camp organised by Forum for Women in Democracy [Fowode] at Namugongo, Matembe said the government regarded her as a very dangerous person who should not be given a platform on a major national television.

“The minister of Security said I was very dangerous to the government that I was swerving government people’s opinion. They threatened the TV that if I don’t leave, they were going to close the TV, so they chose to sack me. I have no money, I have no guns, but they fear me because they think I’m dangerous,” Matembe said calling on the 30 girls that had completed a one week’s training to stick to principles even when this threatens their financial and social wellbeing.

Matembe has since been replaced by Proscovia Salaamu Musumba, a prominent opposition politician and former Bugabula South MP also the FDC vice chairman for eastern Uganda. 

“I can’t believe that one morning, I can wake up like Beti Kamya [minister of Kampala] and Beatrice Anywar [Kitgum municipality MP] and say I have joined president Museveni; that you can hear me say he is the best president I have ever met, yet yesterday I was saying he is headed in the wrong direction. I can’t believe how much people have lost a sense of shame which makes us different from animals,” Matembe said.

She called on women leaders to be exemplary because many women are looking up to them.

“In my time there was nobody to mentor me, I was mentored by the problems and challenges I grew up from. Women leaders must be exemplary not to use their positions for self-actualisation but to offer leadership which is about service not ownership,” Matembe said.

For her part, Elizabeth Ampire, the programs director Women in Leadership program at Fowode said the program was introduced in 2004 to help mentor young women leaders to be able to take charge of their affairs.

“We were getting uncomfortable with the status quo and we thought we could do something about it instead of lamenting if we want things to change in this country,” Ampaire said.

She added that ever since the program was introduced, hundreds of women leaders have been trained in gender and governance, alternative leadership feminism in Africa, gender and development, gender budgeting, social and business entrepreneurship among others.



+4 #1 Wooden K. 2018-11-18 12:57
Agandi Mukyala Matembe !

I respect you very much. That is why I put your name on the list of our next leaders.

You are the opposite of Beti Kamya and that late Mama Mabira. Those two are not better than the Blessed Ones in Kabalagala.
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+1 #2 kabayekka 2018-11-18 14:08
Indeed it is not a bed of roses for African women to take on the responsibilities of life.

M/s Kamya as an example of a dodgy woman leader is right now is not in the better of terms with the government she joined.

Especially when of recent she visited Kawempe and showed to journalists the open contaminated smelly sewers that the great NRM of 33 years has built for the great city of Kampala.

She seems to be incouraging the voters of Kawempe to vote wisely by 2021 when these sewers will then be covered up proper.
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+1 #3 kabayekka 2018-11-18 14:15
It should be understood proper in the religion of Abraham that when God created man, He saw that he was a boring.

One hopes the woman God created is not as well boring!
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-2 #4 Wainanchi 2018-11-19 02:49
Matembe! Who did you get chai chai and how much to foster antiUganda sentiments and even train young people.?

Training for what? What good did you do for Uganda aside from criticising and pointing fingers at.,? Instead of attacking NRM government why did not you attack foreign governments and companies who refuse to come to Uganda and invest in Uganda?

If you do live and care about Uganda you should set example and fight for it and expose those who are doing disservice to your and our country.What do you want and what is your agenda?

To undermine Uganda and its security? We applaud to general Elly Tumwine for taking strong action and remove you from this influential forum.Yih may now join other losers who were exposed and removed.Wr do not need people like you.[censored] off bitch!!
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+1 #5 Lakwena 2018-11-19 09:12
In other words, lairs like Gen Tumwine and his boss Mr. M7, are more afraid of the truth than AK47.
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-2 #6 rubangakene 2018-11-19 23:32
Was this woman not one of the stalwarts of the now perilous and precarious NRM?

What is the point going on TV, there are other ways of raising awareness of situations; like traversing the country to educate the masses who do not watch television or who can not read newspapers.

Go out there and get your hands dirty and by God you will be rewarded!
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-1 #7 Jackie Mathews 2018-11-20 11:39
I can't believe Matembe, U side with ppl who are bent on deviding encourage hate among ppl so they can sell economy/political into foreign powers/buyers.

All of foregin are looking which country will dose first. When foreginers get their hands on econmy thats it.

Do you know why brexit is happening.M7 is trying to incourage investors ppl can get jobs.Even Us can't feels its ppls pockets with moneySyria/Libya in dust. Thanks matembe
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0 #8 Jackie Mathews 2018-11-20 12:07
I can't believe Matembe. Your kind of support. Dont you that countries, economy/political, foregin powers are looking for agents to knowingly/unknowingly sell their own country. ppl who want to devide/encourage hate.

These foreigners want to pass in such as parties but they are not concerned into well being of the ppl once they get hands on economy resouces. I think M7 not angel but he looking f investors t come and create jobs.

Even Us has no money to feel everybody pockets. Why are things like brexit happening. More is less. Look at syria in rubble.

Look at Libya all factions fighting each other. Why they finish killing each other then oil hungry foreignes will come and take oil. Do you think they will run around loking for investors? They just feel their pockets and their agents only.
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