Outspoken woman activists and former Ethics and Integrity Minister Maria Matembe has aised women to stop shying away from politics and instead contest for key elective positions in the next general elections.
“People keep on referring that when Matembe was there, she did this, when Kikonyogo (Leticia Kikonyogo the former Deputy Chief Justice) was there, she did this. What will you be remembered for? We shall not keep on hanging there like some of our leaders who claim to be the only ones having vision for this country. The problem is you shying away from politics. There will be no way we shall champion our cause as women if we do not get involved into politics,” she told fellow women lawyers.
Speaking at the FIDA Uganda 40th anniversary at Hotel Africana on Friday , Ms Matembe warned that unless women intellectuals rise up and take up leadership positions, the women will continue to be marginalised by men.
You just keep on lamenting and it seems you are about to write a book on lamenting, Matembe noted. “For me I want to assure you that I am not yet done. I am in the corner charging. I am coming and I need your support,” she added. Ms Matembe, former Mbarara district woman Member of Parliament did not declare what elective office she intends to contest.
Responding to Ms Matembe’s remarks, newly elected Fida Uganda chairperson, Ms Eunice Musiime said, “There was a prophecy that a woman will be president at one time.”
Mary Kisyakye beat Lina Zedriga Walu to take the slot of vice chairperson during the organization’s elections held that day. Lyda Namuli Lubega, Berna Bakidde, Hariet Etyang and Beatrice Ngonzi Mulindwa were elected unopposed as board members.
Ms Kikonyogo who presided over the function- where a new Fida Uganda log was also launched- urged women lawyers to fight against the increasing corruption and domestic violence.
Uganda Law Reform Commission secretary Aliro Omara also graced the function.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor