Justice Forum (JEEMA) national delegates’ conference has voted to back musician cum politician, Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine’s) candidature for the 2021 presidential elections.
The resolution is among the 10 recommendations from the party’s national executive committee (NEC)
that the delegates sitting at Tal Cottages Hotel in Kabuusu – Lubaga near Kampala ratified.
The NEC met on Tuesday at the same venue.
“We are not going to allow a situation where everyone of us supports a presidential candidate of their choice. In 2011 under IPC [Inter-party cooperation], we supported Dr. Kizza Besigye and, in 2016, we were in TDA [The democratic alliance] and supported Amama Mbabazi. So, how do we proceed now because we are not fronting a presidential candidate for 2021? That’s is why we decided to back the candidacy of Hon. Kyagulanyi,” JEEMA party president, Asuman Basalirwa told the delegates.
According to Basalirwa, the decision to support Kyagulanyi was taken two years ago before the National Unity Platform (NUP) came into the picture.
Now that the people power movement morphed into a political party, the level of engagement has to be more institutionalised.
“The reason why we are working on a memorum of understanding [MoU] is that now he [Kyagulanyi] belongs to a political party [NUP], and now we have to engage an institution, an institution that has candidates like us,” Basalirwa said.
He said, the memorandum deals with a number of issues between the two parties including harmonisation of candidates at the various levels.
“It is not only limited to the presidency; it also discusses how we are going to corporate when we take power. So its a very broad MoU,” Basaalirwa said.
The delegates also agreed to renew the term of the current office bearers for a period not exceeding two and half years.
While most delegates were in agreement with the extension of the party’s elected leaders, there were voices that called for the replacement of the appointed party officials.
Basalirwa however told the delegates that such issues can only be handled administratively since the party constitution does not give the delegates’ conference powers over presidential appointments within the party.
The delegates also endorsed a proposal to expedite the amendment of the JEEMA Constitution to answer to the present political and social demands of the citizenry.