The Justice Forum -JEEMA say it will have regional
grass root structure tours in October that will climax with elections to elect
new leaders in those structures before end of this year.
In an interview with URN Thursday morning, JEEMA
Secretary General, Muhammad Kateregga said that after grass root elections, the
party structures will be fully constituted for the National Delegates
Conference planned for 2023.
Kateregga said the National Council held last year,
extended the mandate of the current leadership for two years after failing to
hold the National Delegates Conference due to COVID19 pandemic restrictions.
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The party has also set up a constitutional review
commission to amend some provisions in the party constitution, which some
members say deprive them rights to compete for some positions. For instance,
the party secretary general being chosen by the party president. Such positions
whose holders are appointed by party president will be up for competitive
Muhammad Kateregga said the party will front him as a candidate
for East African Legislative Assembly -EALA. And he is confident that other opposition
parties and the ruling National Resistance Movement will support his
Muhammad Kateregga says that they had hoped to reap big
from the previous elections; the party fielded 19 candidates on different
parliamentary seats but managed to win only one, that is, Bugiri Municipality,
by the party president Asuman Basalirwa.
Kateregga says that in 2021 elections they performed
better compared to 2016 general elections, though they were disadvantaged by
JEEMA also blames their poor performance on the National
Unity Platform -NUP wave that swept across mainly in Buganda where they had
fielded many candidates.
URN that they tried to sign a memorandum of understanding with NUP to be
reserved some positions, but they were tossed on several occasions.
Muhammad Kateregga thinks that NUP betrayed them yet
they were part of the initial stages of the party when it was still people
power pressure group.
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JEEMA however, managed to win one District Youth
Chairperson seat in Bukomansimbi, won by Ssuuna Samuel and 12 councilors in
different councils around the country.
In an interview
with URN, Ssuuna Samuel say that, to win, his competitor was ruled out of the
race by court in Kampala on grounds that he had changed his National Identity
This was to reflect that he was below 30 years as required
by the law to contest on the local council youth position, yet he was 34 years
old. Ssuuna thereafter emerged victorious unopposed.
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Unlike NUP, JEEMA will continue being part of the
Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) if the new memorandum of
understanding favors them.
Muhammad Kateregga reasons that dialogue is a process
not a one-day event, and he hopes that the organization can deliver something
good to Ugandans and political parties anytime.
He has challenged NUP also to quit parliament too, since
it also looks like a forum for getting money, that nothing fundamental can be
got from parliament.