Patriotism and the Promotion of National Interest and Common Good

The 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda makes provisions for National Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy, among which there are political, social, economic, cultural and foreign policy objectives. It is these objectives and directive principles that the state of Uganda and any government in power ought to uphold in order for Uganda to exist as a sovereign country with in a family of independent states.

It also describes the duties of a citizen; “The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations; and, accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen   to be patriotic and loyal to Uganda and to promote its well-being”.

a) Patriotism

Patriotism refers to love for Uganda and its people, as well as the readiness to sacrifice for them. The NRM Government has launched a patriotism building campaign, initially targeting youth and students in  all  secondary schools in the country. The object of this campaign is to inculcate the norms and values of patriotism amongst Ugandans. 

The objective of launching patriotism clubs in schools is to target the growing number of children who are in urgent and dire need of national ideological orientation This large number of young people must be assisted and enabled to appreciate the objective needs of their country beyond their academic pursuits. They must appreciate the strategic purpose of the knowledge they are acquiring at school. The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda provides the overall constitutional/legal framework the patriotism building.