There have been many long shots, candidates who have worse than a fleeting chance of winning the presidency and Venansius Baryamureeba could list among them, but do not tell that to the professor.
The 46 year old former vice chancellor of Makerere University has harboured political ambitions for a while, even setting up the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which fronted former cabinet minister BIdandi Ssali for the presidential race in 2011.
He believes that he has enough administrative experience to run the country, “The country needs a CEO who is a politician,” he told the New Vision in a June interview. His only campaign experience was a losing run for the Ibanda South constituency.
As a president the pledges to shift resources more towards education, health and agriculture and away from the emphasis on infrastructure development.
The academic turned politician was born in in Ibanda District, Western Uganda. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, obtained in 1994 from Makerere University. He also holds a Master of Science and a 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.