By UTN Reporter
Kampala – Cooperators across the Country are set for the annual prestigious Ignatius Kangave Musazi Memorial Lecture, as one of the activities to celebrate the UN International Day of Cooperatives.
In a chain of activities, the cooperators are set to have blood donation drives across the country, a tree planting exercise and a petition to the Parliamentary Committee on Cooperatives.
In Kampala, the main blood donation activity will be hosted at the Constitutional Square, where they anticipate of 20,000 people to attend.
Last year, the Cooperative movement collected a record amount of blood units, in excess to the expected targets of 22,000 units after the general public overwhelmingly turned up.
Jane Amuge Okello of the Uhuru Institute for Social Development says the activity is a give back to the people as a social responsibility gesture by the cooperators.
She says people should come together into groupings, to form cooperatives as the sure way to empower themselves and achieve economic independence. Byte-Jane Okello
She says cooperators in Uganda have a lot of issues which the Government has to address, which are mostly embedded in the law, which calls for the Cooperative Society amendment act 2014.
She adds that the cooperators have had deliberations about the act, and their views are all included in the petition they will present to the Parliamentary committee next week. Byte-Jane Okello
Eddy Wanambwa from Bugisu Cooperative Union says the cooperative movement in the Country is strong and recruiting enormously, calling for enabling laws in which all cooperators can work and prosper in their businesses.
Wanambwa says cooperatives are not only for farmers, but also for smart businesses like housing, transport among others sectors. Byte-Eddy Wanambwa