ROLE OF CITIZENS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

As the twenty 21st century moves on its debate over the role of citizens has assumed complexity and urgency in the long established democracies in the African continent and declining political participation Of citizens and a mistrust in public institutions.
However the task of citizens is to nurture institutions and practices that are compatible with their local conditions and conducive to democratic aspirations.
The basic rights of citizens are reasonably clear, freedom of speech, expression, association, assembly and active participation.
Full citizenship also requires the right to participate in economic, social life an fair and equal terms.
The responsibilities of citizens include not only compliance with legitimate laws and institutions but also their willingness to do their fair share to create and sustain them.
Perhaps the most important responsibilities of citizens is to make appropriate use of their liberty and respect their the rights of others however, for history tells that abuses of these liberties by some individuals promotes the government authority to restrict liberty for all
The appropriate balance between the rights and responsibilities of citizens varies in accordance to the local circumstances and prevailing situations where there is increased willingness of citizens to take responsibilities for one another and for common good and in the long run we need to construct institutions that defend core individual and political rights but this basic cannot succeed unless individual citizens see themselves as active participants and not passive recipients of the nurturance of these liberties
At this same time, citizens need to wrestle with profound issues of moral responsibility for the past abuses in non violent peaceful way and further move to question how things are done from their leaders because its their power that creates this leadership through the process of electoral democracy
In the development of all these, One thing is clear, dialogue and engagement is important as key to progress
‘’the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing” Edmund Burke

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ROLE OF CITIZENS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ROLE OF CITIZENS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
As the twenty 21st century moves on its debate over the role of citizens has assumed complexity and urgency in the long established democracies in the African continent and declining political participation Of citizens and a mistrust in public institutions.
However the task of citizens is to nurture institutions and practices that are compatible with their local conditions and conducive to democratic aspirations.
The basic rights of citizens are reasonably clear, freedom of speech, expression, association, assembly and active participation.
Full citizenship also requires the right to participate in economic, social life an fair and equal terms.
The responsibilities of citizens include not only compliance with legitimate laws and institutions but also their willingness to do their fair share to create and sustain them.
Perhaps the most important responsibilities of citizens is to make appropriate use of their liberty and respect their the rights of others however, for history tells that abuses of these liberties by some individuals promotes the government authority to restrict liberty for all
The appropriate balance between the rights and responsibilities of citizens varies in accordance to the local circumstances and prevailing situations where there is increased willingness of citizens to take responsibilities for one another and for common good and in the long run we need to construct institutions that defend core individual and political rights but this basic cannot succeed unless individual citizens see themselves as active participants and not passive recipients of the nurturance of these liberties
At this same time, citizens need to wrestle with profound issues of moral responsibility for the past abuses in non violent peaceful way and further move to question how things are done from their leaders because its their power that creates this leadership through the process of electoral democracy
In the development of all these, One thing is clear, dialogue and engagement is important as key to progress
‘’the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing” Edmund Burke

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”A DEMOCRACY IN THE MAKING” A DEMOCRACY ON TRAIL

 

’DEMOCRACY IN THE MAKING, DEMOCRACY ON TRAIL?’’

                                                                      REALITY CHECK

In the Uganda context, the face of democracy or a mockery is that the political power process that explodes in the being when men and women acting in their common sense as citizens get together and find a way to express their collective hopes and possibilities

Democratic strength does not merely function on the electoral process, in a sustainable development of a democracy, the principle of human rights must be fundamentally enhanced through the adoption of best strategies and practices to secure citizens rights to participate freely and  access information.

These all grow when there is constant dialogue of governments with citizens to share, direct the fundamental policies

Uganda’s new   political dispensation calls for a lot to attention and consideration if the country, citizens and politicians are to steer a path to peace, stability through progressive democratization and sustainable democratic governance.

Many groups and especially youth contribution is relatively important in state building and nation building.

While in the past, the youth had no significant roles in influencing the political dynamics of the country, in the recent times, with their increasing numbers in the population , their critical needs not being adequately met, their increased status if awareness on the social-economic, social-political and cultural drivers of the  modern global lifestyle under looked on, their growing level of ambition in all aspects of life and yet their increasing vulnerability to the ever dynamic and challenging contemporary life , this group can no longer be ignored as key stakeholders in delivering the path of their lives and their country they live in.

The success of efforts to promote human rights, freedoms of expression, social justice and democratic governance demands a focused approach on how qualitatively the young people are accommodated as stakeholders in the pluralist system of political participation through the multi party politics.

The power of the youth is becoming overwhelming new, that the youth have taken centre stage to participate in politics as strategists, competitors for political office, political analysist, civil society mobilizes and organizers therefore from the above status quo, it all looks set for the young people to liberate themselves from the York of the older generation who keep promising the youth that the future belongs to them

 However their increasing participation and influence today, the youth have not benefited from their character as vibrant, energetic, dynamic and increasingly enlightened and ambitious group with the numbers every politician, businessmen and development partner is fighting to cohort.

In the reality aspect, these groups of youth face a number of obstacles towards the achievements of individual and group aspiration in a situation that they are still unorganized group divided up along dangerous ideological differences, ambitious interests

This further makes them an instrument of exploitation against themselves and other people by unscrupulous politicians, businessmen and criminal who involve them in violent crimes

Never the less, the youth have shown signs of getting over their enormous challenges and are on the edge of transforming themselves into an organized community with influence that they demand strongly.

Through their collective demands analyzed in the youth manifesto which is clearly a document that symbolizes a youth collective voice, reflecting their demands for critical youth needs, reflecting on the youth idea of possessing a working document along which they can mobilize and organize themselves better.

In an enlightened conviction, that all human are capable of the accomplishment  of freedom and responsibility of the state of democracy to blossom spontaneously bringing in the promised age of freedom, goodwill and prosperity and long last democratic  citizenship amongst the young people.

The process of monetizing the process of electoral democracy is a problem long where now it’s all about politician to always win support for unpopular decisions and actions that address not the familiar problems of the past but the challenging problems of the future

In a critical mindset, the greatest disease that kills young people potential, that stops their success, which stills their motivation, is the process of entitlement mentality when young people go through life with the expectation that someone somewhere owes them a living.

But the key to greatness is to push ourselves to the edge and start demanding more from ourselves and not from others; we need to unleash our greatness to let the great dream alive, keep the spirit of our societies and country better

‘’we are the world that has been waiting for’’, the change that we desire, priceless spirit that must co-exist and inhabit in all of us with the moment that will define generation. Our challenges may be new, the instrument with which we need them may be new , but these values upon which our success depends on honesty ,hard work,  courage, fair play , tolerance,  loyalty, patriotism, nationalism and responsibility’’.        

We owe so much to ourselves and our nation (Barrack Obama)

WRITTEN BY

OTIM IVAN

STUDENTS FOR GLOBAL DEMOCRACY UGANDA

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