Outspoken political activist Miria Matembe has vowed not to pick her medal, one of those to be awarded to all Uganda’s MPs since Independence in 1962.
Dr Matembe, who was appearing on the NBS TV show the ‘Frontline’, said the awards are diversionary, and not going to be given in good faith.
‘I cannot be badly robbed and then easily appeased by a copper medal. I will not pick it,’ Matembe, who served for two terms as Woman MP for Mbarara, said.
Dr Matembe also served as Minister of Ethics between 1998 and 2003, but fell out with the National Resistance Movement (NRM) after the party’s MPs sought the removal of term limits to allow President Yoweri Museveni contest for the presidency.
Since then Dr Matembe has been a strong critic of the NRM, denouncing most of its policies at any opportune moment.
Others who fell out with Dr Matembe included among others former First Deputy Prime Minister Eriya Kategaya (RIP) and former Army Commander and current opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Major General John Gregory Mugisha Muntu.