FDC Manifesto Ranks High on Citizen Demands Top story

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The citizens manifesto listed addressing flawed system of governance, creation of jobs, tackling corruption, investment in agriculture and health, plus a number of constitutional reforms among key priorities that the government needed priority.

The Forum for Democratic Change party manifesto has been ranked strongest with more issues carried forward from the citizen's manifesto, launched by Civil Society Organizations in 2015, an assessment by CSOs shows.

An assessment by the Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform (UGMP) shows that the FDC party manifesto includes 14 out of the twenty five issues outlined in the Citizens' Manifesto.

The citizen's manifesto listed addressing flawed system of governance, creation of jobs, tackling corruption, investment in agriculture and health, plus a number of constitutional reforms among key priorities that the government needed priority. 

Richard Ssewakiryanga, the Executive Director of NGO Forum says the FDC manifesto scored highly in offering solutions to a flawed system of governance, transition failures, corruption, job creation, constitutional and electoral reforms, investment in welfare of teachers and health workers, investment in local government and reducing the size of public administration.

It was followed by the Go-Forward manifesto which placed emphasis on increased energy production, stamping out corruption, equitable distribution of natural resources, job creation and safeguarding dignity of Ugandans working abroad.

The National Resistance Movement party manifesto scored highly in regional peace and security, improvement of economic infrastructure and promotion of regional trade.

The People's Development Party scored highly on agriculture, Major Gen. Benon Biraaro on revival of cooperatives and Joseph Mabirizi's manifesto on health sector financing.

Ssewakiryanga says while the survey does not grade the candidates, the major interest is to look at which manifestos directly address citizens' concerns.
 
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Arthur Larok, the Country Director of Action Aid Uganda says the manifesto's should be a tool for the electorate to gauge which candidate will hold their interests once elected into power.
 
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The survey did not include the manifesto of Independent candidate, Maureen Kyalya.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.