By Solomon Hamala
All Ugandans are to undergo compulsory patriotism training courses if the motion presented before Parliament is approved.
This was revealed by Brigadier General Patrick Mwesigye, the In-charge patriotism in the office of the President at Namutumba Upper Primary School Playgrounds in Namutumba district yesterday September 28.
Mwesigye was speaking during the pass out of 791 students who underwent a two week course in patriotism.
He said the move is aimed at ensuring that all citizens appreciate whatever government is doing towards developing the nation besides avoid bad practices like corruption.
Mwesigye said patriotism courses were initiated following an executive order given by the President arguing that it should therefore be embraced by all institutions of learning without any charges imposed on participants.
The Deputy Resident District Commissioner Namutumba, James Kyomya urged government to help fund patriotism courses in schools to ensure all students benefit since most institutions cannot afford the huge costs incurred towards funding the program.
He denied reports being spread by members of the opposition claiming that patriotism courses are meant to indoctrinate students with the ruling NRM ideology.
Students had earlier marched through the streets of Namutumba town council led by the brass band before taking up positions at the Namutumba upper primary school playgrounds for the pass out ceremony.
The participants were drawn from the four private secondary schools of Kagulumo, Namutumba central, Namutumba progressive secondary schools and Agape.