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Matembe: Fmr. ethics minister slams LGBTQ promoters in Uganda 

(Last Updated On: 25 September 2023)

Maria Matembe slammed LGBTQ promoters in Uganda, claiming she was forcefully kicked out of the government.

Kampala, Dec. 15, 2022: Maria Matembe is one of the most courageous women in the country. The veteran politician is now doing “activism and advocacy” for what is right.

Before “forcefully being retired” from the cabinet, Matembe was a minister of ethics and integrity in the office of the president.

A couple of days ago, she told a congregation (parents) of St Stephen’s Church of Uganda, Luzira that LGBTQ is ungodly, asking them to take care of their children.

She went on to say that LGBTQ promoters target children and that they have suffocated some government officials because they are our funders.

Citing Canada, she said when a child is born, he or she is not called a “female or male because they will decide after reaching adulthood”.

In August, 2022, Uganda’s National Bureau for Non-governmental Organizations banned Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) rights organization, for not having officially registered with it. Before being banned, SMUG had provided education on sexuality and advocated for health services for LGBTQ people since 2004. Source: hrw.

“I fear no one and I will continue to criticise what is wrong,” she said to the applause from the congregation.

She reminded them that she was not a visitor that day. “I have just returned to a church that I was part of when I was 22 to 35 and also where my late mother’s body was prayed from.”

Talking about her political life and experience, she said after working with the government for 30 years, she got kicked off seventeen years ago without a pension.

“…. but I can tell you, for all the seventeen years  have lacked nothing, God has provided for me.”

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According to her, she was kicked out of government for telling powers that be, the truth.

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