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Matembe resigns from CCEDU, cites govt frustration

Miria Matembe

Miria Matembe

The chairperson of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) Miria Matembe has resigned, accusing the government of frustrating operations of the organisation because of her political standing.

In August 2021, the NGO Bureau, a body that oversees operations of non-government organisations (NGOs) in Uganda suspended the activities of CCEDU and other 53 organizations for breach of several regulations governing NGOs in Uganda.

Now, in a letter dated January 25, 2022 and addressed to the secretary of the board of the organisation, Robert Ssempala, Matembe says that since the suspension in August, CCEDU under her leadership has taken various practical steps to respond to the issues as raised with the hope that government would lift the said suspension in vain. 

She notes that despite responding to all the compliance queries as raised by the NGO Bureau, CCEDU's suspension has not been lifted. She thinks that CCEDU's continued suspension is not and was never about the alleged compliance issues as stipulated in the correspondence with the NGO Bureau.

Matembe, who assumed office in August 2019, added that CCEDU's continued suspension was a result of her personal political beliefs. She now says she has useful information to the effect that the non-conclusive response from both the NGO Bureau and the Electoral Commission is because of her political standing in the midst of the current political environment.

"Therefore, rather than a whole Citizen's Coalition with over 1,000 members and other organisations being indefinitely suspended because of my individual political thoughts, and for the good and interest of these Ugandans, it is rather prudent that I step down from the position of the chairperson of CCEDU in order to give the organisation a second chance to live," wrote Matembe.

She says, since she assumed that office, it has been clear that the government has found it difficult to collaborate with the coalition to the extent that CCEDU was even denied the accreditation to observe the 2021 general elections, an activity that is central to the organization's mandate.

"In line with Article 20(a) of CCEDU's constitution I therefore tender my resignation from the position of chairperson with immediate effect. It is my hope that this will possibly pave way for a re-opening of the organisation," wrote Matembe.

Ssempala confirmed receiving Matembe's resignation letter but added that she is still with them until they have had discussions over the matter and come to an understanding. Ssempala says the board can't sit when the organisation is suspended but said they will discuss the matter as soon as they possibly can.

Ssempala also said that CCEDU is still engaging government to lift the ban on the organisation. Although he didn't divulge details, Ssempala says they are making strides with their discussions with government. Matembe is an outspoken critic of the regime she once served as the Ethics and Integrity minister before falling out with the establishment.

CCEDU was established on August 19, 2009 as a broad coalition that brings together over 800 like-minded civil society organizations and over eight thousand individuals to advocate for electoral democracy in Uganda. The overriding agenda of this coalition is to advocate and promote integrity, transparency and active citizen participation in Uganda’s electoral process.

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+4 #1 kabayekka 2022-01-30 11:52
Such frustrations should be blamed more on these diehard NRM members who came singing praises about the victory of their political party against the UPC.

They wanted change 1986. Actually these citizens from Western Uganda are also now a very frustrated lot. They hated Amin for removing Obote 1's democracy.

They got their chance and Obote 2 returned to advocate and promote integrity, transparency and active citizen participation in Uganda’s electoral process 1980/86.

Well after 36 years of M7 who is their beloved tribal compatriot, the Western Uganda citizens are now grumbling. Over what exactly? To attain 100 percent democracy in Uganda?
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+1 #2 Akot 2022-01-30 19:49
kabayekka, thanks.

Uganda will never be free form any opportunists, unless our people join hands to bring change, put in place real governance, then ensure they build a real democracy step by step!

This is more so as no tribal leader has FREED or want to FREE his people from Museveni's Uganda! Which means Ugandans still believe in their country, yet will never have it, unless they say NO to Museveni in UNITY!

Ugandans are at war with themselves, while Museveni rules, owns land & riches & his son is ready to replace him when he dies of old age!

Ugandans took migrant young Museveni in, gave him shelter, handed him their country, but they MUST NOW say NO IN ONE VOICE, or they are slaves of the evil family for good!

Rwandese Museveni, like Sudanese Amin, isn't there for Ugandans, but to disown them of the country formed by their tribal lands!
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+2 #3 kasede 2022-01-31 00:31
Quoting kabayekka:
Such frustrations should be blamed more on these diehard NRM members who came singing praises about the victory of their political party against the UPC.

They wanted change 1986. Actually these citizens from Western Uganda are also now a very frustrated lot. They hated Amin for removing Obote 1's democracy.

They got their chance and Obote 2 returned to advocate and promote integrity, transparency and active citizen participation in Uganda’s electoral process 1980/86.

Well after 36 years of M7 who is their beloved tribal compatriot, the Western Uganda citizens are now grumbling. Over what exactly? To attain 100 percent democracy in Uganda?


So, Obote was the Devil that you knew, wasn't he? If so, then history is repeating itself now.

We are yet again faced with the same clear choice: The choice between the devil that we know and the devil that we do not yet know.
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0 #4 Lakwena 2022-01-31 07:48
Quoting kasede:
...

They got their chance and Obote 2 returned to advocate and promote integrity, transparency and active citizen participation in Uganda’s electoral process 1980/86.

Well after 36 years of M7 who is their beloved tribal compatriot, the Western Uganda citizens are now grumbling. Over what exactly? To attain 100 percent democracy in Uganda?


So, Obote was the Devil that you knew, wasn't he? If so, then history is repeating itself now.

We are yet again faced with the same clear choice: The choice between the devil that we know and the devil that we do not yet know.

Kasede, it is the absurdity of knowing the attributes of the Angel, but because of short term, quick-fix easy going; we easily succumb to the Devil, whose attributes we also know very well: conjure (con-artistry) moral deception, sic manipulation, bullying, arm-twisting, naked brutality, terror and murder.
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