Our manifesto is therefore built on three pillars: liberation; restructuring of state institutions; and transformation.
- Economic growth must create opportunity and shared prosperity for all citizens. Our economic plan focuses on investing in our people to ensure that the population is educated, healthy and wealthy.
- The institutions of state must respect their mandates, operate efficiently and be accountable to the citizens. Our plan focuses on rebuilding the institutions of state to ensure their autonomy, improve efficiency, while at the same time cutting down the cost of public administration.
- Citizens must reclaim their power to hold all leaders accountable. Our government will implement measures to ensure citizens understand their constitutional and civic rights and duties. Citizens will know that government must work for them. Citizens must gain high levels of civic consciousness to defy unlawful actions and continuously resist the emergence of dictatorship and the usurping of their power. Government under FDC will partner with religious institutions and other civic organizations to implement continuous civic education programmes to raise levels of civic consciousness and civic competence as our defense against dictatorship and patronage.
Kiiza Besigye, a former colonel in the Ugandan army, is the presidential candidate for the country's largest opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
Warren Kiiza Besigye Kifefe was born in Rukungiri, southwestern Uganda, in April 1956. He attended Kinyasano Primary School and Mbarara Junior School. Both his parents died before he finished primary school. He later joined Kampala's Kitante High School and then Kigezi High School in the southwest.
Besigye enrolled at the prestigious Makerere University in 1975, graduating with a degree in human medicine in 1980. He then worked briefly for the Aga Khan Hospital and then the Kenyatta National Hospital - both in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi - before joining Museveni's rebel National Resistance Movement/Army (NRM/A) in 1982.
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