The Independent (Kampala)

3 October 2012

Ugandan Youth Advised Not to Topple Museveni Through Arms

The ardent critic of President Yoweri Museveni, Dr Miria Matembe has urged the students in Kampala International University (KIU) to pick interests on what is happening in the political arena of Uganda.

Dr Matembe says,"Given your numerical strength should deliver the country into a good political climate whereby there will be total peace and harmony among the citizens." According to the last census that was carried in 2002, Uganda's youth constitute 77% of the country's population with a majority of them living in the rural areas that are hard to reach zones.

"My main duty now is to liberate this country from the land grabbers, corrupt, thieves, and so forth," says Dr Matembe while delivering her maiden speech adding that her focus is to sensitise the youth on how to liberate Uganda from President Museveni whom she says plunged the country into total chaos.

Dr Matembe ever since she was removed from the cabinet post in 2001 has not joined any political party but has remained a critic to President Museveni's administration.

The active opposition political parties at the moment include; Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP), Conservative Party (CP), Uganda People's Congress (UPC), Uganda Federal Alliance, Social Democratic Party (SDP), and People's Progressive Party (PPP). In 2011 presidential elections, President Museveni emerged larger than them, as he Museveni scooped 68.38%, trouncing his closest rival Dr Kizza Besigye of the FDC who got 26% of the votes while the rest of the political party candidates came below that.

Museveni received a seemingly acceptance from the North, a region that had for quite a time been a critic to his government due to the insurgency that reign in the region where political analysts on both the political divide attributed NRM's win in the region to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) who for long lived in squalid concentrated IDP camps in the north went back home and embarked on agriculture and other activities as peace prevailed in their region.

This was in a National Public Dialogue that took place on Thursday with theme, "Youth Active Participation in Economics and Political Development of Uganda, Challenges and opportunities". The debate was sponsored by The Government of Netherlands, Diakonia, and Forum for Women in Democracy.

Dr Matembe who described herself as a political activist right from her childhood says, "Uganda was liberated by young men who had just finished their studies at Makerere University from the tyranny of President Obote and Amin. The likes of; "John Kazoora, Mugisha Muntu, Julius Chihandae, even our President Museveni, all those were young people, " she named.

Dr Matembe faulted President Museveni for sliding from the right political path that they had in the beginning as they join the bush war in order to remeove the tyrannical leadership of the past regimes saying that he (Museveni) has now brought massive corruption, tribalism, nepotism, and militarism among many which the youth should get rid off. "Nobody wants this to continue, people are yearning for a better Uganda and our hope and trust is on you the youth the youth and women who also constitute 50% of the total population," she added.

Dr Matembe said, "The option of liberating Uganda does not lie in taking up arms by going to the bush."

She advised the students never to think of going to the bush in order to remove President Museveni from power.

This is also comes amidst stories in the media that there some people who want to remove the NRM government through the force of arms.

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