President Yoweri Museveni has described his opponent, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba as a mere boy who even failed to run a small school.
“Inh, this boy, this young boy Baryamureeba,” the President weighed the name and spat it out with scorn while addressing press at State House Entebbe yesterday.
“This boy Baryamureeba had a lot of problems managing just one village school,” Museveni said.
“He couldn’t even manage a small school [Makerere University].”
Beginning in 1998 until 2000, Barya worked as a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Makerere University.
He was a senior lecturer in the Institute of Computer Science at Makerere University, from 2001 until 2006 (which was transformed into the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Computing and IT (FCI)).
He then became an associate professor, and, in November 2006, he was made a professor, continuing to teach until August 2012 at FCI.
From October 2005 until June 2010, he served as the dean of FCI.
From November 2009 until August 2012, he was vice chancellor of Makerere University.
He went out and started his own university [Uganda Technology and Management University (Utamu)].
“Let him first go back and sort out Makerere,” Museveni advised the boy.
“If he failed to run a school, how will he managed a whole country of about 35 million people?” the president wondered.
What Barya thinks of Museveni
Baryamureeba was officially declared a presidential candidate by the electoral commission on Tuesday just after President Museveni and former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi had been nominated.
Addressing journalists after his nomination, said Uganda is now worse off than it was in 1986.
He said the NRM government has failed to attend to the needs of the people.
“More than anything, I want my candidacy to unify us all. I am set to walk this journey with every Ugandan irrespective of their tribe, religion or political affiliation.”
Appearing on TV afterwards, he said Museveni and Mbabazi are way too old and tired calling upon them to retire and leave leadership to the young.