Stop crying, Opondo tells Ssekikubo as Matembe wrestles Bahati

Former Ethics minister Miria Matembe

Former Ethics and Integrity minister, Miria Matembe, says Ugandans have reached a stage where they are no longer ready to take things sitting down.

Matembe who recently dragged government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo to court over defamation, says no one in NRM has ever tried to contest for presidency and survived.

“Who in NRM has ever tried to contest for presidency and survived?” she wondered on Thursday while appearing on NBS “Frontline” programme.

She was referring to the age limit bill that the ruling government is pushing to make President Yoweri Museveni a president for life.

“What hurts me is the simplistic manner in which minister David Bahati talks about this bill. It’s a controversial issue of life presidency.”

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She said the NRM has fooled Ugandans for so long and they think “we have lost the wisdom. When you see us, know where we come from”.

According to Matembe, when Museveni unleashed tyranny at Parliament, she knew the boundary lines were clearly drawn.

“Which country is at war with Uganda? People are being killed.”

Bahati, the state minister of Finance for Planning, said Matembe’s rhetoric is just pointless.

“We are making progress in democracy and ‘God’s will’ will always prevail. What she (Matembe) fought for is actually working.”

The angry Matembe then told off Bahati to “discuss issues and not Matembe. Leave me alone”.

Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo recalled how the ruling party formally invited the rebel MPs to attend the caucus only for Museveni to kick them out.

“What shocked us were the dailies saying ‘rebel NRM MPs’ thrown out.” He said for the first time, he is hearing NRM retreating from the people. I

“It’s a mass party but they are now hiding inside rooms. NRM party has never shied away from the public.”

In 2005, Mafabi recalled, the minority held meetings in ‘Lukiiko’ halls but its now the opposite.

Opondo who was present said he doesn’t know why Ssekikubo is now crying.

“They swore over their dead bodies and promised to go to the gym. NRM has chosen to be systematic and methodological in holding consultations.”

According to Opondo, it is important to bring convergence among leaders.

“If you think NRM is like a fashion show where you come and change clothes, then you are wrong.”