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Title:Duties of a Citizen in a Democracy: The Case of Uganda
Author:Khiddu-Makubuya, E.
Year:1995
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights
Volume:2
Issue:2
Pages:113-130
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:political systems
nationality
citizenship education
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
law
human rights
democracy
history
Abstract:Uganda's experience with the duties of a citizen has been more social than legal. There has never been an authoritative statement as to what a citizen's duties should be, while determining who is a citizen of Uganda has always been problematic. Under the regime of dictatorship, political and social repression, murder and terror which has prevailed since 1966, when conflicts between family, religious, moral, social, political, legal and constitutional duties have occurred, the individual citizen appears to have resolved them increasingly in favour of the lesser rather than the more inclusive category of duty. Duty to family, clan, or particular social group appears to have prevailed over political, legal or constitutional duties. The Uganda draft Constitution 1992 proposes three types of essential duties of the citizen, namely patriotic duties, democratic duties and developmental duties. Although the Uganda Constitutional Commission's proposals for citizens' duties are a major improvement on past constitutional arrangements, the draft constitution still overemphasizes human rights. It says nothing about the enforcement of the duties of a citizen. The author suggests that a pragmatic bill of the duties of a citizen should be incorporated in the national constitution. Ref.
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