Kabaka vouches for cooperatives revival
The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II wants government to revive cooperatives in response to the challenge of poverty and unemployment in his kingdom and Uganda as a whole.
Addressing his subjects that turned up at Nkumba University grounds for his 26th coronation anniversary, Mutebi said that the focus of his 27th year as Kabaka should be mobilising the people of Buganda to form cooperative societies.
“By 1913, farmers co-operatives existed in Buganda and by the time the colonialists came, they found us with co-operatives societies where our people united as coffee and cotton growers,” the Kabaka said.
He said that strengthening the co-operative movement would offer a solution to the wide spread poverty and unemployment in the country.
“We had very strong co-operative societies like Bwavu Mpologoma in Buddu (Masaka), East Mengo growers co-operative union among others which had gone as far as owning a commercial bank – Co-operative Bank. We want these co-operatives to be revived because they were a source of livelihood for our people,” the Kabaka said.
He urged his subjects to grow more coffee that he said is still a key contributer to Uganda’s economy.
Speaking at the event, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto who was the kingdom’s guest for this year’s celebrations lauded Buganda’s efforts in promotion of good health and girl child education.
“You are here to celebrate with Kabaka because he is doing the right thing. You can force yourself on people but you cannot force people to love you,” Sultan Abubakar said.
President Yoweri Museveni’s message at the celebrations was delivered by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.