JEEMA youth league takes over party leadership

Monday January 19 2015

By Stephen Kafeero

The Justice Forum (JEEMA) party youth league have forcefully taken over control of the party , accusing their leaders of flouting basic internal democracy.
On Monday morning, the youth under their umbrella body ‘The Jeema Revolutionary Command council’ led by Mr Shaban Kalema as their chairperson closed the Mengo based JEEMA offices and blocked their leaders from accessing them.
The youth also claim the current leaders who include; party president Asuman Basalirwa, party chairman Kibirige Mayanja, spokesperson Swaib Kaggwa Nsereko and others have failed to accord the party ample time.
The youth further claim that the party has since 2011 not had a delegate’s conference and that their leaders have been backing leaders of other parties in presidential elections.
According to new leadership, Mr Ssentongo Kyamundu has replaced Mr Asuman Basalirwa as the new party president while Mr Shaban Kalema has replaced Mr Kibirige as the party chairman.
However, the party spokesperson Mr Swaib Kagwa told Daily Monitor that the youth are being used by NRM to destabilise JEEMA’s internal democracy.
JEEMA which stands for Justice, Education, Economic Revitalization, Morality and African Unity emerged in 1996 with Mr Muhammad Kibirige Mayanja as its leader until 2010 when he handed over to Mr Asuman Basalirwa.