How Uganda’s presidential aspirants are more colourful than those vying to replace Obama

Dr Abed Bwanika of Peoples Development Party, is a four-time loser in the presidential race who has never given up his dream of leading Uganda.
Dr Abed Bwanika of Peoples Development Party, is a four-time loser in the presidential race who has never given up his dream of leading Uganda.

Mwesigye said that now was the time to end Museveni’s 30 year rule. “I want to stand against my grandfather who will definitely collapse when he understands who I am,” Mwesigye joked to journalists he entertained with empty threats. He added that the last 30 years had been a menace to some Ugandans. As the afternoon closed in, there came Dr Abed Bwanika of Peoples Development Party (PDP), a four-time loser in the presidential race. He has never given up his dream of leading Uganda even if his ratings in the presidential races are a no mention at all. This man has always had a sound manifesto but this time round he came up with an idea of shortening school hours of all students from nursery to university so that the students could spend some time doing other things.

Analysing last Tuesday’s presidential candidates, EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa said: “I know that the presidential seat is very sweet but people should not take this as a mediocrity.” He added: “You don’t have to be passing along Jinja Road (where the EC offices are located) and then pass by our offices for forms. This is public money that is being used to print the nomination forms and those of the 100 signatures that have to be collected from at least 75 districts of Uganda by each aspirant.” By the end of last Tuesday, over 13 candidates had picked nomination forms.12 of them as independents and just one of them as a party leader. Those expected to pick forms in the coming days or weeks before the 21st September will include mostly party flag bearers after they have gone through party voting processes that would normally choose a flag bearer. The party primaries of some parties are done while others are due before the beginning of next month.

Let’s take a look at two of the most prominent aspirants we have mentioned above, starting with Prof Venansious Baryamureeba. He was born in Kasharara Village, Kagongo Parish, Ibanda District, in the Western Region of Uganda. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, obtained in 1994 from Makerere University. He also holds a Master of Science and a doctorate in computer science both from Bergen University in Norway which he were 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 first degree, when he worked as a teaching assistant in the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics at Makerere University, from 1994 until 1998. He then worked as an assistant lecturer at the Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo, which is now part of Kyambogo University, from 1995 until 1996. While pursuing postgraduate study in Norway, he worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Informatics at Bergen University from 1997 until 2000. He also worked as a research fellow, in the same department and institution, from 1995 until 2000.

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