Independent presidential candidate, Professor Venansious Baryamureeba, says President Yoweri Museveni has now messed up his legacy by clinging onto power.
Barya made the remarks on Saturday while addressing press in Gulu town. He said during the first ten years of his rule (1986-1996), Museveni was still a beacon of hope for Africa.
“Today, Museveni is in reverse gear because of overstaying in power. He has messed up his legacy and is no longer a beacon of hope. We are sliding and we are changing the reverse gear. ”
Addressing rallies in Tororo town on Tuesday, Barya said there is no way he could have rigged votes for President Museveni as it is claimed.
This, according to critics, of the former Makerere university vice chancellor, happened in 2011 when Barya was still the head of the ICT department at the institution.
Barya insisted rigging elections can only be done through declaration forms not computers.
He said the lies were being peddled by saboteurs who had no plan for the country.
Barya said once elected into office, he will increase the budget allocation to the education sector from current 8.7% to 20% and spend 4.8 trillion shillings up from 2 trillion shillings.
He said boosting education would solve unemployment and ensure skilled labour.
Other sectors he will invest heavily on are health (16%) and agriculture 11%.
“I have been to health units where there are no drugs and trained staffs. You cannot have a hospital without a single doctor,” he is quoted as saying.
He also promised to set minimum salaries for government employees; Shs500,000 for those without certificates, Shs600,000 for those with certificates, Shs1,000,000 for diploma holders and Shs1,500,000 for graduates.
He also promised to revive cooperative movement to support farmers’ access agricultural financing.
This, he said, would help farmers buy quality agricultural inputs including tractors and fertilisers.