Uganda Cooperative Alliance together with UBC held it 1st National Kiswahili Cooperatives Debate on Saturday 21st 2017, at UBC grounds. The debate was under a theme of Cooperatives as a vessel for sustainable development. The colorful event started at 9:00am with the guests arriving at the venue. The guest of Honor was Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Kirunda Kivenjinja.
At the event the General Secretary (CPA) Ivan Asiimwe presented a paper on The Power of cooperatives for Sustainable development. He started by briefly explaining what a cooperative and sustainable development are.
During his presentation Mr. Ivan emphasized that Uganda needs cooperative model to transform its economy, he said “ it is undisputable fact that education has critical role to play in any county’s development process” hence, he asked all the stake holders to see that cooperative education is embedded in Uganda’s curriculum to have a transformed economy. In that way Uganda will attain sustainable development.
He also talked about the current institutions that teach cooperative education intuitions like Uganda Cooperative College in Kigumba, Uganda Cooperative College Tororo etc, which are in a sorry state Mr Ivan asked government to revive and revamp those existing institutions for the betterment of the country.
Hon Kivenjinja gave a brief background of the history of Kiswahili in Africa, he said that “the only bridge to unite East Africa’s development is Swahili it is so because it is the only language that can be used by all nations”. “He went on to add that it can foster trade and integration of all these countries”, he said.
Hon, also said cooperatives are important to bring about development in Uganda and East Africa at large.
Later in the afternoon the students were given the center stage as they debated in Swahili. The overall winner was Wanjiku Yaddah from Kyebabe Girls SS, seconded by Mugisha Adudu from Busiga Islamic while the third was Maina Lewis from Kawanda SS. Uganda cooperative Alliance awarded the 3 winners a cash prize of Ugandan shs 100,000 on top of other prizes from UBC and other sponcers of the event.
Finally the Manager UBC thanked all the partners mainly Uganda cooperative Alliance for sponsoring the event.