Students, MPs reject patriotism Bill

Students and some Members of Parliament in Masaka District have said one does not need a lwa to love his or her country.

While speaking at the sports gala for schools and corporate organisations at Kalungu Girls Training Centre on Saturday, Tom Zziwa of Masaka SS and the president of the school’s patriotism club, said: “If the government goes ahead to implement the patriotism law, it could cause more trouble than unity.”

He said the government cannot forcefully instill patriotism in people, adding, “it should not even waste time to table the Bill for debate.”

The MP for Kalungu West, Mr Gonzaga Ssewungu, said drafting such a Bill was a waste of time.“Let the government channel its energies to funding sports instead of wasting our time,” he said. The MP for Bukoto East, Ms Florence Namayanja, said it would be foolhardy for people to love their country amidst poverty, corruption and bad governance.

Correct wrongs“The government should first correct issues that have made Ugandans hate their county,” she said. The minister for the Presidency, Mr Frank Tumwebaze, told the Presidential Affairs Committee last week that a Bill on patriotism would soon be tabled before Parliament.

“Cabinet is in the final stages of drafting a Bill, which will force all citizens to be part and parcel of patriotism,” Mr Tumwebaze said.

“If this Bill is enacted into law, it will be mandatory for everyone to embrace development programmes introduced by government,” he said.


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