Prof Barya Dares Museveni On Public Debate

Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, cure the UTAMU Vice Chancellor and presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, see has expressed outrage following remarks by President Museveni that the Computer Science Professor is a “boy” who “failed to run a small school called Makerere University.”

Addressing the media in Kampala on Wednesday, viagra approved Museveni said Prof Baryamureeba and ex Premier Amama Mbabazi have nothing new to offer to the country but spreading lies that they want to take over power.

“This young man Baryamureeba failed to lead a small village called Makerere and now  wants to lead a country of over 38 million people?” wondered Museveni.

He said Baryamureeba should have instead returned to Makerere to solve its challenges.

However, Baryamureeba said in a statement on Thursday that he took exception with Museveni’s widely-publicised remarks which he said underscored inability to keep a hold onto the aspirations of the common man.

“I was not disappointed by the comments made by President Museveni when he asserted that I am a young boy who failed to manage Makerere University and that he doubted my capacity to manage this country,” said Baryamureeba.

“It only affirmed my impression of him as a person who is of advanced age and has no more capacity to keep tabs of what is going on and has no idea what is happening on the ground in Uganda.”

Baryamureeba was toppled from the position of Vice Chancellor following a fierce internal fighting among top administrators.

The elderly dons despised the youthful Baryamureeba whose overwhelming ambition had turned around the University’s reputation and global ranking.

In his statement today, Baryamureeba recalled that President Museveni acknowledged him as the best Vice Chancellor Makerere University ever had.

“During my time as Vice Chancellor of Makerere, often times, I got acknowledged by him for the good work I did in managing Uganda’s biggest university. Thanks to government support, Makerere University achieved its highest global ranking ever after my three year service as Vice Chancellor. During my term as Vice Chancellor, Makerere University also hanged into a collegiate university like other world class universities,” said Baryamureeba.

He also pointed out that on 9th October 2013, he was honoured by President Museveni with a Golden Jubilee Medal for my significant role in advancing higher education in Uganda.

The Golden Jubilee Medal is the highest honour bestowed to a non-head of state by the President of the Republic of Uganda.

“Of course I know that President Museveni has grown very intolerant of anybody who threatens his hold onto power. It is the reason that he has gone an extra mile to forget the above as seen in his attacks over my personality,” said the 46-year-old Professor born in Ibanda, Western Uganda.

He added: “Interestingly, the attack over my management capacity didn’t catch my attention as much as his reference to me as a young boy. From his comments, I now understand why less has been done by President Museveni’s government to address issues that concern youths like education, job creation among others.”

Baryamureeba said when President Museveni first became President of Uganda in 1986; he was only 41 years of age.

“At the time, I was only sixteen. Thirty years later, President Museveni thinks a person in their 40s can’t manage Uganda! Indeed he will go an extra mile to forget certain facts in the name of intolerance.”

Baryamureeba said he was “proud to be the youngest Presidential Candidate in the race at the age of 46. More so, I am happy to have come up with an all-inclusive manifesto that addresses issues of both the young boys/girls (as the President referred to us) and all other Ugandans. I am also happy to bring insights of new generational access to the decision making arena.”

In a parting shot, Baryamureeba said he would like to offer himself “for a public political debate with President Yoweri Museveni as we ponder on issues that affect Ugandans and not each other’s ages. It is in such debates that we can be able to engage in mature politics.”


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