The International day for cooperative took place on 7th July 2018 under the theme sustainable consumption and production of goods and services through cooperatives. The Cooperators marched in Jinja Town to the main venue at Civil Service College. The Minister of State for Cooperative Hon. Fredrick Gume, together with Uganda Cooperative Alliance General Secretary CPA Ivan Asiimwe led hundreds of cooperators from Wazalendo Sacco, the Uganda Peoples Defence Force Sacco, Teachers’ Saccos from across the country, Jinja Market Sacco, Exodus Sacco from Uganda Police among other Cooperatives.
Present were the Minister for Trade Industry and Cooperatives Hon Amilia Kyambadde together with Minster of State for Cooperatives Hon Fredrick Gobi Gume, Persis Namuganza State Minister of Lands and finally Chief Guest Hon Matia Kasija Minster for Finance representing his Excellence the President.
The Chief Guest inspected the cooperators exhibition stalls as a number of Cooperatives exhibited, among them was Kibinge Coffee Cooperative, Wambizzi Cooperative Society and several Teacher cooperatives exhibited handmade crafts like shoes Jewelry. Hon Amelia was very pleased with the work of cooperators and promised to support them through the Ministry
Uganda Cooperative Alliance Chairman Mr. Peter Kimbowa in his speech took through the Chief Guest on the several activities the cooperators did as part of this year’s celebrations.Mr. Kibowa went ahead to request the president for a fully-fledged Ministry for cooperatives with Cooperative professionals and functional structures right from the lower levels, he added that cooperatives need independent Ministry so that they may deliver much needed development regulatory and oversight support to cooperatives.
The Hon Matia Kasija the Chief Guest representing the President in his speech thanked the cooperators for the Key role they have played in developing the country especially when it comes to agriculture which is the backbone of Uganda’s economy.
He added that cooperatives were the first to export coffee in the country and the President through the ministry plans to support the cooperatives to a point of opening anther Cooperative Bank.
He later thanked the hosts Walimu for organizing a wounderful event and later handed over to them through their chairperson Mr Nabende Stephen a 25billion cheque from the President.