The Monitor (Kampala)

15 February 2011

Uganda: My Would-Be Manifesto As a Presidential Candidate

opinion

For several years, in particular the recent three years, I have contemplated what a president and his/her government should offer the people of this (my) country to create a united, prosperous and peaceful country for every single Ugandan. Therefore, what would I personally offer?

Some readers may realise that I have in the past shared some of the issues below, in the press.

I hasten to say that I appreciate many of the manifestos and pledges of the political parties by the registered presidential candidates, and I would try not to repeat many of them. However, I feel many of them lack one basic thing: How to empower the citizens to be part of the action for them to achieve, unity, prosperity and peace and above all dignity. With equal opportunities, all would work and live and prosper according to individual abilities and talents as people who own their country.

Here are the main subjects of my would - be manifesto:

Education:

Train in skills from P5 to S.VI, making technical/ vocational education as important as academic.

Therefore, improve and construct vocational/technical institutes throughout all districts.

A polytechnic university.

Build a polytechnic/vocational institute in each region.

Schools with quality classrooms and academic facilities.

Teachers' accommodation in all schools in the country.

Health

Build health centres in every sub-county.

A living pay for doctors and all health workers.

Ambulances, motorcycles and bicycles to ease transport at each health centre.

Build a children's referral hospital in the Kampala City.

Rural-social development:

Community centres would be revived at each sub-county and new ones built:

As a place for informal education, adult literacy classes, discussions and information transmission, handcrafts classes for girls and women.

For recreation, for youth and the community including playing fields.

Rural Economic Development:

Feeder roads to be maintained with heavy grading for farmers to transport their produce by trucks, motorcycles and bicycles in all seasons.

Revive and promote Cooperatives

Replace Micro-finance with co-operative banks.

Restore the Uganda Commercial Bank.

Fight corruption by all possible means, starting with Parliament.

Translate the Constitution into local languages to be learned and shared in the community centres.

Restore Uganda Airline, Uganda Railways and harbours to extend to distant regions.

I would not pledge much to the citizens, because most of what is 'pledged' by the presidential candidates are actually due human rights and services to citizens as given in the Constitution of our country.

I trust the education item of my would-be Manifesto would solve permanently the youth and graduates' unemployment problem to a great extent.

I beseech the winning presidential candidate to adopt any point in my would-be Manifesto, for the good of our motherland.

Ms Kalema is a senior citizen

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