Presidential aspirant, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, has Friday unveiled his manifesto at City Royale hotel Bugolobi, Kampala.
Barya has already returned nomination forms to Electoral Commission offices with the required signatures and the Shs 8m nomination fee.
The manifesto he unveiled today is titled: “My 12 Issues Programme”.
Barya reiterated his vow to turn around the country once elected president in 2016 general elections.
“As a new face in the politics of the presidency, I breathe new life into our beloved country,” he says in a premise to his manifesto.
“The 21st century is upon us and with it, comes new challenges which call for new and dynamic leadership, with the capacity and attitude to do things different so that our economy and our people can boom and compete favourably globally.”
He summaries his priorities “in my term of office as President of Uganda, 2016-2021” as; education services, health services, job creation, agriculture, governance, foreign policy, infrastructure, minimum wage, industrialisation, defense and security, zero tolerance to corruption and religious institutions, culture and state.
He says education is about giving all people the knowledge and skills they need to be active citizens, participate successfully in the economy and fulfil themselves as individuals.
He notes that Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) programmes though well intended concentrate more on quantity than quality of education.
He promises to increase funding to the sector to at least 20% of the national budget, review policies and laws in the education sector, increase teachers’ salaries and revamp the system.
He wants 6% of National budget to go to the job creation sector and wants a youth development bank to be established to offer low interest loans to youth.
In the agriculture sector, Prof. Barya says his government when elected into power, will establish an Agricultural Development Bank to offer cheap financial solutions to farmers, re-establishment of cooperatives and the Uganda Cooperative Bank, and wants 11% of national budget for agriculture sector.
He pledges to provide cheap housing through public private partnerships. He says, his government will develop and maintain a national tarmac road network in Uganda and across Uganda’s borders.
He wants a salaries and remuneration board to set up salaries for civil servants and also set up a favourable minimum wage for Ugandan workers.
He promised to ensure that military officers who are still serving will not be allowed to serve in public offices unless they have resigned.