When Idi Amin ousted Obote on January 25th 1971, he came with an 18 point programme, when President Museveni took over power in 1986, he came with a 10 points programme, former prime minister who announced his desire to contest for presidency in 2016 elections promised to work on an 8 points manifesto but former Makerere University Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba has unleashed “12 issues programme.”
Prof Barya told journalists at Silver Springs Hotel in Kampala on Monday afternoon that his priority when elected as president in the coming general elections will focus on twelve key issue.
“Now is the time for us to break camp and move forward. Now is the time for us all to choose smooth transition, action and progress. Now is the time for new generations to be part of decision making,” Prof Barya said adding that; “I would like to emphasize that Uganda now requires new direction, new ideas, new perspectives and new leadership, which I bring on board. Today I am proud to be counted as one who is ready to lead Uganda into a new era. Indeed now is the time.”
Breaking down the 12 issues programme
Barya’s government will increase funding to the sector to at least 20% of the national budget.
With this allocation, “we will be able to do a full revamp of Uganda’s education system from primary, secondary, vocational and technical to university level. This will ensure that students are equipped with modern industry practices robust practical experience.”
His government will allocate at least 16% of the national budget to the health sector to be able to make major investments in the national health system like constructing and rehabilitating hospitals and health centres.
His government intends to tackle Uganda’s high unemployment and underemployment rates by creating a favorable regulation environment and reforming the tax system to support new players in job creation.
Prof Barya will also create Youth Development Bank to offer low interest loans to youths with good start up ideas.
Barya’s regime will increase funding to the agriculture sector with at least 11% of the national budget going to Agriculture, Water and Environment.
This fund will also support the establishment of an Agricultural Development Bank to finance farmers with affordable and handy credit services.
His regime plans introduce federalism. Under his stewardship, Uganda’s federal system will comprise of five regional governments: the Eastern Region, The Central Region, the Southern Region, the Western Region and the Northern Region.
His government proposes to allocate at least 6% of the national budget to energy and natural resources; 6% to transport and urban development and 3% to information, communications and technology.
This is aimed at improving the quality of overall infrastructure (transport, telephony and energy).
His government will use the per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to determine the base remuneration for workers.
He will also put in place a Salaries and Remuneration Board to set salaries for all public officers and also monitor private sector remuneration.
Barya’s government proposes to accelerate industrialization by ensuring an educated and skilled labour force, supportive economic institutions and government policy, an efficient system of transport and communications, et cetera.
Defense and Security:
His government proposes to allocate at least 5% of the national budget to defense, 5% to security and presidential affairs and 3.5% to internal affairs and the regional governments.
Zero Tolerance to Corruption;
Barya’s regime will ensure that corrupt officials are punished severely and promptly amend the laws to ensure recovery of public resources from implicated corrupt officers.
Religious institutions, Culture and State;
Hhis government is committed to supporting cultural and religious institutions do fulfill their duties and seeks to ensure that the interreligious council and all recognized cultural institutions play a key advisory role embodied in the national constitution.
Barya’s regime strategy in dealing with other nations will be informed by Uganda’s desire to promote and safeguard national, regional and international peace and security and protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity.