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Uganda:Government asked to ban politicians from managing cooperatives
Published on 15-11-2016 - at 01:21' by Daily Monitor

Mr Wagwa said that research compiled by his office discovered that one of the reasons that have led to failure of cooperatives especially in Mpigi and its neighbourhood districts is having politicians managing cooperative societies in finance and human resource.

Mpigi District Commercial Officer Mr Ronald Kazibwe and RDC Hajji Swaibu Lubega Wagwa have asked government to implement the Cooperative Societies Act, 1991 and block politicians from taking up administrative positions in cooperative organizations, blaming them to interfere with technical planning, decision making and day-to-day activities.
Mr Wagwa said that research compiled by his office discovered that one of the reasons that have led to failure of cooperatives especially in Mpigi and its neighbourhood districts is having politicians managing cooperative societies in finance and human resource.

They were speaking at a grand opening of a coffee processing plant for coffee farmers in Kamengo Sub-county under their umbrella body; “Kamengo Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited” at the weekend.
The facility was constructed by the government of Uganda with support from African Development Bank (ADB) under the Community Agricultural Infrastructure Improvement Programme (CAIIP).
“Instead of raising decisions that are developmental for the growth of cooperatives, they bring in their political interests because they always want to attract attention and impress their voters. Many cooperatives have collapsed simply because they were managed by such political figures. Government should stop them immediately by reviving and implementing the Cooperatives Act,” Mr Kazibwe said.

He added: “There is a lot of political interference whereby you find local leaders like district chairpersons, MPs and councilors borrowing from SACCOs and later default.”
Ms Teddy Nambooze, the project coordinator for Central Archdiocesan Province, Caritas Association (CAPCA) said that in order to promote cooperatives, their organization has embarked on empowering farmers with capacity on group dynamics, leadership, record keeping and collective marketing.

In her message read by RDC Wagwa, Minister of Trade, Industries and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde urged people to “always” add value to coffee and emphasized the purchase of locally made products to widen the market base.
“Buy Uganda, build Uganda. Take our coffee everywhere but after processing it basing on international standards. Make sure that storage, packaging, branding, to mention is okay. Don’t rush for quick money,” she said.

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Mpigi RDC Hajji Swaibu Lubega Wagwa (blue shirt) inspects a new coffee processing plant set up at Kamengo Trading Center.

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