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JEEMA says Ugandans need a living wage, not a minimum wage

By BASALIRWA ASUMAN

Article Summary: In the weekly press briefing held Saturday at the party headquarters in Kampala, the Justice Forum underscored its commitment to press freedom, advocated for reasonable wages and warned the executive against interfering in the work of the legislature.

Author Biography: Basalirwa Asuman is the President of the Justice Forum (Jeema) Party.

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With its fundamental flaws, Uganda Vision 2040 is bound to fail, says JEEMA

By BASALIRWA ASUMAN

Introduction and Article Summary: In a press conference held Saturday at the party headquarters in Kampala, Justice Forum President Basalirwa Asuman said that the four MPs expelled from the ruling party can only lose their parliamentary seats in an irregular manner.

Mr. Basalirwa also shared his party’s position on the possible de-registration of some political parties and on the recently-launched Vision 2040.

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MP Kyanjo confirms he was poisoned, but vows to fight on

OUR REPORTER

The secretary general of the Justice Forum (Jeema) political party Hussein Kyanjo has told a local newspaper that his one-year focal dystonia infection resulted from poisoning.

The strange illness that saw the articulate Makindye West MP move from country to country in pursuit of treatment had disorganized his jaw and nearly-totally deprived him of his speech.

In an interview published Friday in The Muslim News, the legislator said he didn’t know who was behind the poisoning. “My doctors believe that this condition was triggered by poisoning,” Hon. Kyanjo said. “One day Allah shall let us know who did it.”

Apart from poison, dystonia is caused by hereditary conditions, birth-related disorders and accidents. The cause of most cases of dystonia, however, remains unknown, according to experts at the renowned Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic.

Whereas Kyanjo was previously advised to speak for a very limited time, doctors in Britain have recommended as part of his therapy that he speaks as much as he can. “So I have resumed my radio programmes and I have finalised a plan to tour my constituency,” he said.

Far from being silenced by the poison that nearly claimed his life, the outspoken politician said his resolve to stand up for those too feeble to stand up for themselves had instead multiplied. “If the intension of my ‘friends’ was to make me abandon my ideals, they got it wrong,” Kyanjo said in a sarcastic reference to his detractors.

“I am now stronger, less afraid, and more committed to justice than ever before.”

 

 

 

 

Libyan pressure forces Ugandan Muslims to change name of Gaddafi Mosque

By YAHYA SSEREMBA     

The executive committee of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council resolved Saturday to change the name of the wonderful national mosque constructed by and named after fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

High-placed sources at Old Kampala told The Campus Journal news website that the Libyan government had stopped funding the maintenance of the place of worship, including paying staff salaries and covering electricity and water bills.

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Marriage and Divorce Bill does not apply to Muslims

By YAHYA SSEREMBA

The controversial Marriage and Divorce Bill (2009) that has been widely discredited for seeking to shatter rather than strengthen the institution of marriage is meant for Christian, civil, customary, Hindu and Bahai marriages. It has nothing to do with Muslims.

The followers of Islam have a separate bill known as the Muslim Personal Law. This separation came up after the Muslim community rejected the Domestic Relations Bill (2003), which they said contravened the Qur’an and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

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