Former Ethics and Integrity Minister Miria Matembe has accused security minister Gen Elly Tumwiine of ordering her removal from the panel of NBS Frontline, a popular weekly talk show on NBS TV.
Matembe claimed Friday evening, without much detail, that the security minister ordered the owners of NBS to terminate her, threatening to have their license revoked if they didn’t.
“The security minister ordered NBS to ban me from those discussions because they feared me,” Matembe claimed during a training of Young leaders’ in alternative and transformative leadership at Kyoto Retreat Centre, Namugongo.
“By the way I am a dangerous woman. Those people feared that the views I was passing to the public through the Frontline would make Ugandans wake up and take action against bad governance.
“That is why they threatened to close the station not until they removed me from the debate.”
Minister Tumwiine was not available when we tried to get his response to the comments.
The TV station however, hastened to dismiss Mrs Matembe’s claims, stressing that her termination was entirely an internal decision.
Mr Charles Odongtho, the host of the Frontline told this website that Matembe placed the TV station in an awkward position, when she filed two different law suits against her fellow panelists and the TV station itself.
Odongtho said that Mrs Matembe lodged two defamation suits, one against one of the panelists Dr Chris Baryomunsi, NBS TV and himself the show host; and another suit against Government Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, who is also a regular on the show.
He adds when the cases went for mediation, NBS asked Matembe to withdraw them, especially that Mr Opondo and Baryomunsi had agreed to apologize to her, which was one of her demands.
Matembe however, declined the offer saying that her case involved not just her, but her husband, who was allegedly insulted by Mr Opondo.
“She wanted her husband to be involved in the case as well, but for us we don’t have a contract with her husband,” he said.
“It became hard and the company decided that it would be awkward to continue having her on the show.”
Meanwhile, the former minister also claimed during the youths training event that ever since she parted ways with the NRM, she has been approached several times with government job offers.
“Those people have on several occasions tried to award me a job of my choice but I tell you no one can manipulate me,” she said.
“I am a woman of my word; I am not like Betty Kamya who has let us down simply because she was awarded a ministry position. Now she doesn’t feel ashamed supporting the NRM ideologies that do not rhyme with the people of Uganda at all,” Matembe added.