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Why have Ugandans chosen to reduce themselves to beggars, asks Miria Matembe

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Former Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Miria Matembe, has criticised Ugandans who succumb to being bought, expressing her growing disillusionment and wavering commitment to defending them.

Matembe emphasized that poverty should never compel individuals to resort to begging, condemning the act as degrading and unacceptable. Reflecting on her upbringing in a poor peasant family, she lamented that despite their economic struggles, she never witnessed her parents resorting to begging.

“It’s disheartening to see respectable senior citizens lowering themselves to beg politicians or any leaders for support,” Matembe remarked, questioning the moral integrity of such actions.

Expressing her frustration with the current state of affairs, Matembe voiced her dwindling faith in the Ugandan populace, citing their perceived unreliability and self-imposed helplessness.

“Why have Ugandans chosen to reduce themselves to beggars and rendered themselves useless? I find it increasingly challenging to defend you when you exhibit such behaviour,” Matembe lamented.

Drawing parallels with previous generations, Matembe highlighted the resilience and dignity displayed by Uganda’s forefathers despite facing similar economic hardships.

She urged for a revival of moral and ethical values within families, emphasizing the importance of upholding integrity and self-reliance.

Matembe’s remarks serve as a poignant reminder of the need for Ugandans to uphold their dignity and self-respect, even in the face of adversity.

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