Amama Mbabazi's Manifesto Promises A Better Uganda

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In short
Amamas manifesto is hinged on five pillars namely revival of democracy and good governance; revival of the economy; revamping of social services; security, international trade and foreign relations; and national unity and national reconciliation.

Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has today launched his 2016 manifesto promising a raft of progressive reforms targeted at making Uganda that works and benefits all Ugandans.

Amama's manifesto is hinged on five pillars namely revival of democracy and good governance; revival of the economy; revamping of social services; security, international trade and foreign relations; and national unity and national reconciliation.
Speaking at the Serena Conference Centre in Kampala, Amama said his manifesto proposes change that is both micro and macro, meaningful and measurable and more than just a mere pronouncement of ideas.
On democracy and good governance, Amama promised political and electoral reforms, reorganization and rebuilding of national institutions, creating a credible electoral management system, downsizing the size of cabinet and government and rule of law.
On transformation of the economy, Amama promised a robust tax system that boosts industry and business like reducing value added tax from the current 18 percent to 16 percent and reduce taxes and power tariffs.
He said his government will establish in all sub-counties of Uganda an advanced sub-county model which will comprise a huge complex having a community bank, police post, a silo, insurance services, registration bureau, community library, a creative laboratory, among others. The complex would create 450,000 jobs countrywide.
Further on boosting the economy, Amama pledged to revamp cooperatives and also set up a Uganda Commodities Exchange Company that would help stabilize prices so that farmers are not exploited by middlemen and buyers. He also promised to boost the manufacturing sector in order to accelerate the country's development.
On infrastructure, Amama said he plans to build more and quality roads, create a public transport system that works and involves players like Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers' Association, extent electricity supply to all areas and solar systems to hard to reach areas, provide safe and clean water to all Ugandans and built 200,000 toilets for all those who lack latrines.
On social services, Amama said Uganda does not just have a poor healthcare system but a broken one. He pledged to restructure the country's healthcare system so it benefits all, recruit 25,000 primary healthcare workers and provide them with good pay, housing and other benefits and also establish a basic essential healthcare system.
On education, Amama the education system needs overhauling including increase in the sector's budget from the current 14 percent to 20 percent, focus on quality, curriculum development, solutions to high dropouts, teachers welfare and absenteeism, provision of scholastic materials and introduction of nursery sections in all government-aided primary schools.
Amama said there is no reason why any child, particularly the girl-child, should drop out of school, adding that he will restore the dignity and glory of teaching and leaners.
On national unity, Amama promised a modern, inclusive and tolerant Uganda that recognizes and involves the Ugandan diaspora and pushes for patriotism that does not provide allegiance to political crowds but the love for the country.
Amama said community service, commonly known as "bulungi ba nswa" will be reintroduced to improve neighbourhoods as well as promotion of sports, culture and art.
On national security, Amama praised the UPDF for securing the country and region, promising that as president he will ensure the national army continues to play a crucial role, adding that he wants to create a force that Ugandans can trust.
Saying repeatedly that he believes in the UPDF, Amama promised to improve their conditions including pay, housing, benefits and compensation. He also promised support for their families.
Amama also promised to establish an inclusive national cadets programme that will impart core values like peace, unity, social justice, equality and freedom. The programme will also enroll students from all over Uganda in three areas - literacy, medical and armed services.
Amama said it is time for Ugandans to "build a Uganda that is safe and fair for women". He said Uganda must work for women, promising, among others, safer child births, antenatal care, affordable health insurance, protection of property and human rights and food security.
In his conclusion, Amama said "these are pledges I make today and you can hold me accountable when the time comes".
His speech was greeted by ululation, clapping and chants from his supporters who kept waving the Go-Forward flyers each time he made a strong point.


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In addition to URN for which I have worked for five years now, I have had stints at Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Nile FM and KFM. I have also contributed stories for The Crusader, The New Vision and The Monitor. I have also been a contributor for international news organisations like the BBC and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. I am also a local stringer for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

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