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Why government rejected controversial National Graduate Service Bill

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Controversy has emerged over a private Members Bill, the National Graduate Service Bill tabled by Bunya County MP Waira Majegere.

The bill seeks to establish mandatory one year service for Ugandans 18 years old and above as a requirement for any sort of employment.

It also proposes that graduates of universities and other tertiary institutions should serve for one year in several levels of government and public service including the military.

The bill is reminiscent of the national scheme developed by the first Obote government in the 1960s.

The government has however rejected the bill saying it flouts a number of constitutional rights which state that all labour has to be voluntary and paid.

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