Justice Forum (JEEMA)

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Added 18 August 2015

In 2010 Asuman Basalirwa, then 33, took over Jeema leadership, becoming the youngest party president in Uganda’s history.

Justice Forum (JEEMA)

Asuman Basalirwa, JEEMA president


The Justice Forum, commonly known as Jeema, is one of Uganda’s leading opposition parties, with representation in Parliament.

Its "Jeema" acronym stands for: Justice, Education, Economic Revitalization, Morality and African Unity.

Though political parties were not operational until 2005, Jeema managed to emerge in 1996 and fronted a presidential candidate in the same year and in 2001.

Muhammad Kibirige Mayanja, who represented Jeema in both elections, led the party until 2010 when he handed over to Asuman Basalirwa, 33, the youngest party president in Uganda’s history.

Jeema hit the road with huge support among the country’s Muslim population, however, its growth stagnanted when some of its supporters were suspected to have links with the Allied Democratic Force rebels who operated in western Uganda.

Recently, however, Jeema started experiencing a trend of revival, establishing a functioning Secretariat and intensifying nationwide mobilization ahead of elections. Its only Member of Parliament is Hussein Kyanjo of Makindye East in Kampala.

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