Prof Barya backs opposition on electoral reforms


Former Makerere University vice chancellor Prof Venansius Baryamureeba who is running for President in 2016, says he also supports electoral reforms which opposition political parties are pushing for.

Opposition members who were joined by former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, last week presented their list of proposals to be added to the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015.

In their presentation, opposition members said they agree with the change of the name from Electoral Commission to “National Independent Electoral Commission”.

Presidential aspirant, Prof Barya has thrown weight behind them in the struggle.

“I would like to put it clear that I do support constitutional amendments / reforms,” he said in a social media message.

He added: “I was one of the first Ugandans to document the kind of reforms our country needs.”

He said the proposals were contained in his book entitled ”The Ideal Uganda: My Perspectives, 2014”, which is freely available online and his personal website:

Opposition argues that without reforms, going for 2016 general elections which Barya says he will be part, is futile because Museveni has already won.

Serious as he seems, Barya has already started campaigning in western Uganda.

Over the weekend, he prayed from St. Kagwa catholic Parish in Bushenyi district where he spread the message of 2016.

He told the congregation that he was ready to become President because many had cried to him to stand against President Yoweri Museveni.

Barya who thinks himself better than Museveni and FDC strongman, Kizza Besigye, combined, says its time for Uganda to get a new leader.

He, for example, faulted Museveni for intervening in foreign countries like South Sudan when government has spent so much money to fund operations.

He promised that his government would be different; he would create jobs, improve education, health and educational sectors.

Under his Progressive Uganda Platform, Barya is ready to take the bull by its horns.

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