The newly elected national leaders of Justice Forum (JEEMA) party have been sworn in to office to continue with their duties.
The leaders who were sworn in are; Asumani Basalirwa, the party president, Muhamed Kibirige Mayanja as the national party chairperson and his vice chairperson Rev. Santos Okema.
The leaders were elected on Monday unopposed during the national delegate’s conference of the party taking place in Kampala.
They were sworn in by Chemisto Kubai, the party legal secretary who advised them to work hard to develop the party.
Addressing the delegate’s after the swearing in exercise, Muhamed Kibirige Mayanja, the national party chairperson thanked the delegates for entrusting them with the responsibility of running the day to day activities of the party in the next five years.
Jeema to leave TDA
Before elections could commence, Jeema delegates asked their leaders to withdraw from The Democratic Alliance (TDA) and instead field their own candidates at all elective positions across the country in the 2016 polls.
TDA is a coalition of various political parties and civil society founded who agreed in principle to field one joint opposition candidate against the incumbent President Museveni in the 2016 elections.
Speaking during the party’s national delegates at Arch Apartments on Monday, various delegates argued that although Jeema had participated in various alliances in past elections, it has always ended up disappointed.
Stephen Omeda, a delegate from Tororo said he was disappointed to see national Jeema leaders wasting time participating in TDA activities when other parties are busy on the ground doing mobilisation.
“The name TDA has lots of unanswered questions. Am very happy that the president was too much on the front in this issue of TDA. Unfortunately, we as the candidates who have been on the ground for 3 years and above, we were left behind. We needed a slight consultation from the president and the entire leadership of the party,” he said.
Shaban Abdullah, another delegate wondered why Jeema party leadership has been concentrating on building TDA when it has failed to establish grass root structures.
He called for the need for the party leadership to come up with a strategy to recruit new members and establish grassroots structures to avoid being swallowed by established parties.
Asuman Basalirwa, the Jeema president urged the members to wake up and start mobilizing instead of blaming them for participating in the formation of TDA.
He said TDA will only help those who are already prepared in terms of mobilisation right from the grass roots to the national level.
“Make sure that you encourage as many people as possible to come out and contest the leadership. It is only when we are in power that we can expect to bring genuine justice that we cherish. So there should be no reason for any member to be agitated when space is available.”
The decision whether to opt out of TDA has been referred to the party constitutional review commission led by Prof Abas Kiyimba.