JEEMA Blames Attack on Party Offices on Hidden Hand Top story

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In a statement issued this afternoon, Omar Kalinge Nyango, the JEEMA acting secretary general says the JEEMA attackers were assisted in their evil plan by a group of so called 'unemployed youth'.

The Justice Forum-JEEMA has blamed the attempted coupe at its party headquarters in Mengo this morning on a hidden hand. A group of youths claiming to be members of the JEEMA Revolutionary Command Council raided the party offices and kicked out Asuman Odaka, the party administrator and Spokesperson Nsereko Kaggwa.

 
The group installed Kalema Shaban, chairperson, Vice Chairman Lozira Ajilong, President Sentongo Kyamundu and Vice President Mwaka Christopher. Others are Abu Sematimba, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer Nuru Nabukenya Ssukka, Vice Treasurer Amono Jane, Chief of Staff Dickson Aineomugisha and Deputy Chief of Staff Achiro Dickens, Spokesperson Kassim Ssekalema, Legal Advisor Counsel Muwada Nkunyingi and Deputy Legal Advisor Counsel Chemisto Kubai


In their statement, the youth claimed they had taken the painful but inevitable revolutionary step to take over the leadership of Justice Forum, JEEMA, as a step towards restoring the pride and independence of our party." They claimed say over the years, the party has grown weaker through the actions of its present leaders.


They among other things accuse the current leadership of not devoting enough time to run the party activities, flouting the basic rules of internal democracy, backing other candidates in Presidential elections) instead of fronting their own candidates  and failure to provide satisfactory answers  when Mustafa Bahiga, the Kampala JEEMA Chairperson was shot dead on December 28th 2014 at Bwebajja.
 
The youths are demanding full autopsy report from the Uganda Government /Uganda Police Force to establish the exact cause of death, the number of bullets recovered from his body, the make and type the gun that was used to kill him and a progress report on the investigations. However, in a statement issued this afternoon, Omar Kalinge Nyango, the JEEMA acting secretary general says the JEEMA attackers were assisted in their evil plan by a group of so called 'unemployed youth'.
 
Kalinge says that, this as a serious unprecedented attack on the tranquil environment at JEEMA and a flagrant variation of privacy of a registered political party. He also says the party has also learnt that while all this was happening, Police that is known for its quick and brutal response to political activities was standing at a safe distance watching, giving the impression that they were indeed supporting and overseeing the attempted coup.
 
He says the JEEMA leadership is  still in firm control of the party as it studies the underlying factors that have led to an otherwise disciplined JEEMA youth to attempt to take over the party unlawfully.  Kalinge insists that there is only one way the party leadership can change through elections at a full term Delegate's Conference, which is scheduled
 
He warns the so called JEEMA Revolutionary Command Council and in
particular One Kyamundu, Achom Rebecca, Shaban Kalema Dickson
Ainomugisha, the ringleaders of the attack and directs them to vacate the JEEMA premises within the next eight hours, or face the full force of the JEEMA disciplinary mechanism and the law of the land.
 
Kalinge also calls upon police to absolve itself from the blame and move to
evacuate the rowdy youth from JEEMA Headquarters and hold them
accountable for the harm they have caused to JEEMA staff and damage to
property. He says that the party leadership is consulting to find a way forward on the
disturbance at its offices adding that, a press briefing is being arranged for some time tomorrow.