Matembe resigns as CCEDU boss, pins gov’t for “painful” decision

Resigned Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) Chairperson Dr Miria Matembe. (Courtesy photo)

The Chairperson of Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU), Dr Miria Matembe, has resigned.

In a January 25, 2022 letter to Mr Robert Ssempala, CCEDU’s Secretary to the Board, Dr Matembe said ever since the coalition was indefinitely suspended by the NGO Bureau in August 2021, CCEDU under her leadership has taken several practical steps to respond to the issues as raised with the hope that government would lift the suspension but in vain.

“Along the way, it appears that CCEDU’s continued suspension in not and was never about the alleged compliance issues as stipulated in the correspondence with the NGO Bureau. In my own understanding, I realise that CCEDU’s indefinite suspension was and continues to be as a result of my personal political beliefs. I have been seized with useful information to the effect that this non conclusive response from both the NGO Bureau and the Electoral Commission our line partner institution is because of my political standing in the midst of the current political environment,” the former ethics minister stated.

Dr Matembe further revealed that it was wise for her to step down rather than letting over 1,000 members of the organization suffer because of her political thoughts.

”Since my assumption of office as Chairperson, it has been clear that government has found it difficult to collaborate with the coalition to the extent that CCEDU was even denied accreditation to observe the 2021 general elections, an activity that is central to the organisation’s mandate.”

Adding: “In line with Article 20 (a) of CCEDU’s constitution, I, therefore, tender my resignation from the position of Chairperson with immediate effect. It is my hope that this possibly paves way for a reopening of the organisation.”

Dr Matembe has been CCEDU Chairperson since 2019.

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