Governor Jackson Mandago. Photo Source: Standard Media

Mandago Assents to New Law for Cooperative Movement in Uasin Gishu

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The cooperative movement in Uasin Gishu County is set to grind smoothly and thrive following the new law that was recently assented to by Governor Jackson Mandago.

The law seeks to lawfully provide structures, mergers, and registration of cooperatives as well as strict management of cooperatives societies across the county.

The County Government of Uasin Gishu County has heavily invested in the Cooperatives sector having revived over 80 cooperatives societies that had collapsed due to mismanagement.

The new Act will also give a lawful mandate to the Department of Cooperative and Enterprise Development to streamline the management of cooperatives and sustain the enterprise development fund which is currently lending farmer cooperatives at 5% and 8% for the Savings and Credit Co-operative Societies (SACCOs).

The law seeks to lawfully provide structures, merger and registration of cooperatives as well as strict management of cooperatives societies across the county.

Speaking during a benchmark to Meru County, Uasin Gishu County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Cooperative and Enterprise Development Esther Mutai said the Act comes to provide lawful guidelines to run cooperative smoothly and will give powers to the County to run Cooperatives to spur growth and make them more vibrant.

The CECM thanked the Meru County Government for the great support they are giving the cooperatives sector saying “these will strengthen cooperative in both posterity and Sustainability”.

Meru County has 467 active Cooperatives and several unions formed by primary cooperatives across the sub-counties.

The Uasin Gishu County officials later visited Afya milling cooperatives Coffee Union and Capital Sacco which is a rural Sacco with 15 branches within Meru and 1 in Nairobi. It has a membership of over 70,000 and an asset base of 4.4 billion. The SACCO registered in 2005.

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