By Farooq Kasule
Independent presidential candidate and former Makerere university vice chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba has criticized the government for blocking candidates from accessing public facilities including hospitals.
While addressing the media yesterday at the city royal resort hotel in Bugolobi , about his campaign trail, Barya said that candidates are supposed to visit all the public facilities to know their status, in order to address issues when elected.
Barya said that he is not surprised by the act because the health sector in the country is in shambles and lacks sufficient equipment and doctors though it is vital to the country's competitiveness and productivity.
His remarks follow reports that the three nurses from Abim hospital were threatened with dismissal for divulging information about the state of the hospital to Presidential candidate Kizza Besigye.
Another candidate Amama Mbabazi was also blocked from accessing Kabale Hospital for failure to inform the hospital administration of his visit in time.
Barya promised to implement a national health insurance scheme and upgrade the health services for all Ugandans.
He said from his campaign trail so far, he has come to a conclusion that Ugandans have been deceived for so long, citing the poor state of the roads in many districts.
"Many Ugandans are bitter because their roads have been mentioned in the budget since the NRM government came to power but nothing has been done. Hoima to Kibale and many other roads are impassible" Barya said.
He also noted that the average Ugandans do not have access to quality education which accounts for the high rate of unemployment in the country.
"I have visited a few schools and wondered what has been happening in the education sector in the country for the past years" Barya said.
Other issues he noted were the increased number of land associated problems, general outcry over the government failure to combat corruption, vote rigging, poverty and fear of insecurity as a result of the upcoming polls.
However, Barya asked Ugandans to vote for him because he has a 12- issue manifesto on revival of the education sector, health for all, job creation, agriculture, minimum wage, zero tolerance to corruption and land grabbing in the country.
"I am confident that once my manifesto is implemented, Uganda will get onto a much deserved path of progress" Barya opined.
His other intervention areas are governance and foreign policy, industrialization, defence , religious and cultural institutions.
He slammed claims by critics that he was fronted by the incumbent president Yoweri Museveni to confuse the voters. "I have committed myself to work towards ensuring a happy citizenry for Uganda" Barya stated