Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) and former Makerere university Vice Chancellor, Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, has officially declared that he will run for President in 2016 general elections.
It is all here in his acceptance speech for the nomination for the presidency of Uganda by progressive Ugandans; Kampala, May 17, 2015.
My name Baryamureeba –They Will See Him, embodies “dreams from my father’’. My father always told me that I was born to lead, to excel and to be great.
Therefore, with a deep sense of duty and commitment, I accept the Presidential nomination by Progressive Ugandans. I accept it without any reservations and I promise to devote every effort of body, mind and spirit to lead the Progressive Ugandans to victory in the 2016 Presidential Election and our country to greatness.
Progressive Ugandans are Ugandans that put peoples’ progress first.
Thus, the Progressive Ugandans’ platform is one on which I can run with enthusiasm and conviction and win the 2016 Presidential election.
I am grateful that in the coming months I can rely on so many great citizens of this country who believe in the progress of our country.
I am proud of the contrast with the National Resistance Movement Organisation (NRM-O) competitor; his key campaign issues are out of touch with reality amongst most Ugandans.
Infrastructure for roads, railways and energy, though long overdue, cannot take precedence over education, health, agriculture and job creation for a country such as ours.
Similarly the other Presidential candidates of parties like the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) and Democratic Party (DP) do not resonate with the young generation, which is the post 1986 generation that is not concerned with either the past struggles that brought NRM-O to power in 1986 or the struggles that led to independence of Uganda in 1962.
I am fully aware of the fact that the Progressive Ugandans’ platform has taken on what many regard as a hazardous risk by nominating someone of my tribe and faith.
Hazardous in the sense that President Museveni my fellow tribesman has been President for over 30 consecutive years and Uganda since Independence in 1962 has never had a catholic President.
These gallant and patriotic Ugandans have placed their confidence in the Ugandan people, and in their ability to render a free and fair judgment and to uphold the constitution and to vote for the best candidate regardless of tribe, religion, gender or political party affiliation.
I want to assure you here and now that I am the best candidate for President in 2016.
My record and views spanning several years in several key sectors like education, health, agriculture, job creation, corruption, institutional building, regional governments, culture and the state, church and the state, and resisting pressure from any source in the performance of my public and private duties should be clear by now to everyone.
I hope that no Ugandan, considering the really critical issues facing this country, will waste his franchise by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my tribe, religious affiliation or political affiliation. It is not necessary.
I want you to vote for me because I am the best candidate to take Uganda forward.
I mention all of this only because this country faces so many serious challenges, so many great opportunities, and so many burdensome responsibilities that I hope that it is to those great matters that we can address ourselves in the coming months.
Under any circumstances, however, the victory we seek in 2016 Presidential election will not be easy.
We all know that in our hearts. We recognize the power of the forces that will be aligned against us.
We know they will invoke titles like General on behalf of the NRM-O or FDC candidate–despite the fact that being a good President has nothing to do with having a military rank.
It will definitely not be easy to campaign against President Museveni who has made most Ugandans believe that he is the alpha and omega.
He has turned the majority of voters into beggars as evidenced in the numerous presidential pledges and handout.
Venansius Baryamureeba, is a mathematician, computer scientist, academic and academic administrator.
He is the current vice chancellor of Uganda Technology and Management University, a private university in Uganda.
Prior to that, he served as the vice chancellor of Makerere University, from November 2009 until August 2012.
He was born in Kasharara Village, Kagongo Parish, Ibanda District, in Western Uganda, on 18 May 1969.
He holds the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics obtained in 1994, from Makerere University.
He also holds the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, both in Computer Science and both from Bergen University, in Norway, awarded in 1996 and in 2000, respectively.
In 1997, he was awarded the postgraduate Diploma in the Analysis of Linear Programming Models, by the University of Trondheim, also in Norway.
His career in academia began soon after his fist degree, when he worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics, at Makerere University, from 1994 until 1998.
From 1995 until 1996, he worked as an Assistant Lecturer, at the Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo, (ITEK), which today, is part of Kyambogo University from 1995 until 1996.
While pursuing graduate study in Norway, he worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen, from 1997 until 2000.
He also worked as a Research Fellow, in the same department and institution, from 1995 until 2000.
Beginning in 1998 until 2000, he 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 2004. When the Institute transformed into the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Computing and IT, Baryamureeba continued teaching there as Senior Lecturer, from January 2005 until August 2006.
In August 2006, he became Associate Professor and in November 2006, he was mad Professor, continuing to teach until August 2012, in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Computing and IT, which was later transformed into the School of Computing and IT.
From October 2005, until June 2010, he served as the Dean, Faculty of Computing and IT, Makerere University.
From November 2009 until August 2012, he was Vice Chancellor of Makerere University.
At Uganda Technology and Management University, he serves as the Vice Chancellor and as Professor of Computer Science, School of Computing and Engineering, both effective September 2012.