Retired Supreme Court Judge justice George W. Kanyeihamba says President Yoweri Museveni is leading Uganda back into the wilderness.
Prof. Kanyeihamba was appearing on NBS TV on Wednesday while NRM celebrated 30 years in power at St Leo’s College Kyegoba in Fort Portal.
Prof. Kanyeihamba said NRM has totally destroyed the Education sector.
This, he said, was to extent that “we are graduating semi-illiterate people from our universities”.
Ugandan university graduates have projected poor results in the field to the extent that analysts proposed re-skilling them for the job market.
Most of the presidential candidates standing against Museveni in the 2016 election, have promised to overhaul the entire education system.
The poor quality of graduates is blamed on poor paid teachers, the introduction of University Primary and Secondary education as well as a theoretical education system that produces job seekers rather than job creators.
According to Prof. Kanyeihamba, in the first 10 years, NRM performed well in most sectors including education.
“But in the preceding years it became a total mess”.
The professor also faulted the president for not respecting those who fought with him during the liberation struggle.
For example, the president called a presidential debate attended by three of his bush war colleagues; Maj Gen Benon Biraaro, Amama Mbabazi, Col Kizza Besigye, a “talking competition for school kids”.
“A leader who doesn’t respect his compatriots is leading the country into wilderness,” Prof. Kanyeihamba concluded.
George W. Kanyeihamba was appointed a member of the Supreme Court of Uganda in 1997 and retired in November 2009.
Previously, he served as minister of commerce, minister of justice, and attorney-general, all in President Yoweri Museveni’s administration.
Prof. Kanyeihamba was one of the three Supreme Court justices who ruled that the election of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was fraudulent enough to be nullified.
He has since lost his post as judge of the African court of justice and commentators believe that his stand in that election petition cost him his job.
He has also been critical of the government of Uganda when armed men invaded the premises of The High Court of Uganda to re-arrest treason suspects that had been released on bail by the court.
The Constitutional Court has since ruled that the invasion of the court premises was unconstitutional.
The judge has always had a love/hate relationship with the government as he is always unpredictable in his judgment.
Museveni owns everything
Appearing on the same TV, Dr Kakungulu Mayambala, a senior lecturer at Makerere University’s school of Law, believes NRM’s greatest failure is corruption and politics of regime survival.
“It is no longer ‘For God & My Country”,” he said.
He said that was why Amama Mbabazi maintains he is still an NRM member because he believes he can save the party after it diverted.
“NRM has made some achievements but most of what they do is to ensure that they get votes; Pres Museveni is always promising roads.”
Mayambala said when Makerere University invented a car, it ended up being a Museveni project and all credit went to him.
“As long as President Museveni stays in power, only projects that prolong his stay in power will be executed.”