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At least 1000 students from universities and institutions of higher learning are camped in Gaddafi military barracks in Jinja, attending a month long training in patriotism, The Observer has learnt.

Sources familiar with the course, say the training started at the weekend (Saturday) and is being organised by the National Patriotism Corps-Uganda. It will focus largely on encouraging students to become a better breed of enlightened citizens, committed to national service, among other objectives.

“We received messages last month and on Friday we travelled to Jinja where the training is taking place,” said one of the students attending the training.

The students will learn positive attributes about their country through acquainting themselves with Uganda’s political history, milestones that have been achieved so far in the country, the country’s economic status and its challenges. The students will also be taught to appreciate how they can help transform the country.

“Based on the agenda that we were given, we expect to learn how to become good Ugandans who can live independently and help our communities and the country at large through the education we are acquiring at universities,” a student from Kampala International University, who declined to be named, told The Observer.

When contacted on Saturday, Marlon Manzi, an Engineering student at Makerere University and also head of the Patriotism Club at the same university, told The Observer that he mobilised the students to attend the training so that they can become better citizens. “I have attended these trainings since my secondary school days and I have found out that the training is good for ideological orientation for whoever wants to become a better citizen,” he said.

The National Patriotism Corps-Uganda is a programme which was established under the office of the president as an initiative to teach Ugandans how to love their country and become patriotic.

The programme, which is currently headed by Col Henry Matsiko, was launched by President Museveni in 2009 as a new strategic national programme to “Inculcate norms and values of patriotism in students and youth in all secondary schools, universities as well as institutions of higher learning. Since its launch, different patriotism clubs have been established in secondary schools and universities all over the country. According to the available records, the campaign’s operations derive its funding from the State House budget.

However, some critics of the programme claim it is a waste of taxpayers’ money since it is aimed at indoctrinating youthful Ugandans with NRM political propaganda instead of national interests.

“The lessons taught by these people are not genuine. They are only teaching young students how past leaders were bad and how Museveni is a good leader. All this combined, shows that they have a hidden political agenda,” said the Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuuga.

Mpuuga adds that by targeting the youth, the president is focused on getting their votes since they make the biggest percentage of voters. “He is shaping their political culture and perception so that if they are to make choices, they look at Museveni as the only alternative, which is a lie,” he said.

According to Mpuuga who also coordinates a civil society movement dubbed; For God and my Country, patriotism cannot be taught by those who have made people lose the love for this country. “Those in power should first take the blame for having looted the country’s resources, failed to bring social services to the people and bad governance which have primarily been responsible for the waning patriotism among the citizenry,” Mpuuga said.

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+3 #1 ROMEO 2013-06-05 00:00
Thats good to keep their brains bushy than making them to think of waiting unemployment caused by the system.
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+5 #2 Ugthinker 2013-06-05 01:13
Museveni who has abused our motherland Uganda can't claim to teach us to love the same, people wake up!

Don't let the aggressor waste a minute of your time, he has already incapacitated some of you through UPE if he missed you then patriotic classes are his trap.
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+3 #3 Moses Okello 2013-06-05 08:23
Behaviours and actions ensued b4 Rwandan genocide, not far from convening 1000 students of higher learning at Gaddafi barracks-Jinja.

Events shows Ug heading for strange events. Kibooko Squad who clobber people on K'la streets no punishment and training patriots secretly, such events and actions should worry the nation.

When David Zac Niringiye, the retired assistant bishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda in Kampala initiated the Black Monday Movement to highlight corruption, he was arrested. The 1933 idea, Belgium supported it to have every person have an identity card that labeled Rwandese Tutsi, Hutu, or Twa.

The results were evaluated in 1994. Good signs we have to remember: when potential perpetrators start getting armed by the authority; when authorities ignore isolated killings and abuse of laws; when plans are made for secret training a certain group.

Young students being manipulated with a few silvas. Sorry for Uganda to be with a brutal; heartless; murder like Museveni.
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+4 #4 Lakwena 2013-06-05 10:31
How can president M7 who does not have even a single friend teach Ugandans youth how to love their country and become patriotic? The 1000 and desperado Ugandans, and university youth are just being taken for a long ride.

After indoctrination and military brainwashing sessions, they will become useful idiots; and a bunch of zombies who will even turn against their friends and spy on their parents and relatives.

For starters, one US Diplomat and a scholar at that, told me, M7 on the outside appears a capitalist. But on the inside he is religiously a hardcore Marxist communist; who is hiding behind economic liberalism and phony democracy to win favor from the West.

But ideologically and plan B he keeps the Maoist communist China and Fascist North Korea close at heart.
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+1 #5 Faisal Saad 2013-06-05 12:14
This is a welcome activity. Ugandans need to feel part of this land despite the differences in geographical location or philosophy. Students wil learn that national institutions are there for all without analysing who runs what.

At the same time when they become service providers,they will be dealing with fairness. We are all bogged in the idea of how many people of a certain tribe work at such and such a place. We have to realise that from independence the education provision of future Ugandans was unfairly distributed based on many factors mostly beyond our control. Today Uganda can rectify this and the course is one of those tools.
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+1 #6 Philip 2013-06-05 14:22
Quoting Ugthinker:
Museveni who has abused our motherland Uganda can't claim to teach us to love the same, people wake up!

Don't let the aggressor waste a minute of your time, he has already incapacitated some of you through UPE if he missed you then patriotic classes are his trap.


Why send them to "Gadhafi Barracks", a military training institution other than to Kyankwanzi? Are they to become soldiers after training? Are they doing military training?
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+1 #7 Betty Long Cap 2013-06-05 17:27
Quoting Lakwena:
... one US Diplomat and a scholar at that, told me, M7 on the outside appears a capitalist. But on the inside he is religiously a hardcore Marxist communist; who is hiding behind economic liberalism and phony democracy to win favor from the West.


Lakwena, Museveni thinks he has outfoxed the west but the American diplomat knows better. The DICTATOR is bedfellows with Kim Jong Un. If Museveni could, he too would have nuclear weapons. Ten military jets is enough to question his sanity.
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+1 #8 Faisal Saad 2013-06-06 14:32
Quoting Lakwena:
“... one US Diplomat and a scholar at that, told me, M7 on the outside appears a capitalist. But on the inside he is religiously a hardcore Marxist communist; ....hiding behind economic liberalism and phony democracy to win favor from the West.”

Lakwena, “economic liberalism” a step taken by independent African countries working towards total economic freedom which is a threat to those used to easily manipulated “old dumb Africa”. Though complex and slow, Africans learn fast.

Africans today are awake and can see “holes” in western democracy. Your Diplomat/scholar friend ought to know that the Africans understand how the “West” was built.

Africa needs America for mutual benefit but we can still eat our Kabalagala though not becoming habitual munchers of American pan cakes does not automatically merit the alien ideological labels. Seeking mutual favour is why nations exchange diplomats.
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0 #9 Lakwena 2013-06-06 16:34
Quoting Philip:
[quote name="Ugthinker"]

Why send them to "Gadhafi Barracks", a military training institution other than to Kyankwanzi? Are they to become soldiers after training? Are they doing military training?


Philip, the military training is the trap the youth are not aware of. With all their bio-data taken: parents, District, county, parish, hometown, village, etc; non of them will defect or dessert.

It becomes a duty to follow orders from above, and if they do, they are hunted down and court martial like any commissioned soldier.
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-1 #10 Betty Long Cap 2013-06-06 18:30
Quoting Faisal Saad:
Africa needs America for mutual benefit but we can still eat our Kabalagala though not becoming habitual munchers of American pan cakes does not automatically merit the alien ideological labels.


Faisal Saad, you thought American pancakes were nutritionally poor, wait until you discover the little food value of Chinese fortune cookies.

Bon appetite!
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+1 #11 KiapiKFreddie 2013-06-06 18:45
Am worried why does the gov't carry out a national programme in a military barracks the NPS is defining patriotism wrongly this is bad and it should stop forth with. SHAME
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+1 #12 bad person 2013-06-08 12:56
Common guys, what can a dicitator like museveni teach you about patriotism. a person who keeps corrupt people in govertnment, shut adio stations because they are reportng facts about his family, manupulates the constitution for his own gains.

You may end up like what muhoozi did to university graduates during his tenure at the university. They are just using you, get your degrees, move out of the country and do kyeyo. But in Uganda, there is no future.
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-1 #13 Betty Long Cap 2013-06-09 17:18
Quoting KiapiKFreddie:
Am worried why does the gov't carry out a national programme in a military barracks....


Gaddafi military barracks? I know Col. Gaddafi was generous with oil money in sub-Saharan Africa but isn't it time to re-evaluate the madman's bloody legacy?
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