Busoga Embarks on Revival of Cooperatives from Parish Level

advised people of Busoga to work hard instead of begging

Stakeholders in Busoga sub region have Wednesday embarked on devising modalities for revival of cooperative unions to boost individual, more about household and community incomes.

The first of the series of cooperatives revival meetings likely to be held was organized by the Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives at the Civil Service College in Jinja attracting political, hospital cultural,
religious, business and opinion leaders from all the ten districts that make the sub region.

Participants resolved to set up cooperative societies from parish to district level under the supervision of respective Resident District Commissioners.

The meeting also agreed to investigate people who were involved in the mismanagement and selling of assets that belonged to defunct cooperative societies with the aim of prosecuting them.

However, the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, Kirunda Kivejinja said that prosecuting such people is not easy because most of the suspects are people from the region  who are either their relatives or friends.

He challenged people in Busoga region to stop begging money from President Museveni.

The veteran politician says the people of Busoga ought to stop lamenting because they can only overcome poverty through hard work and unity for a purpose.

Mr Kivejinja said people in Busoga sub-region could become rich even without begging the president because most of them have a starting point to generate money including the God-given fertile soils.

“People in Busoga are just used to begging; otherwise there is nothing much that can bar you from accumulating wealth because even Museveni you run to for help never had a descent home like some of you and he was spending much of his time in the bush fighting. You should concentrate on what you have to get rich,’’ he said.

National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba said that revival of cooperatives is key priority on the ruling party’s agenda.

We believe cooperatives will set priorities for our farmers to concentrate on crops in which they have the cooperative advantage instead of trials on every crop” she said.


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