Nathan Nandala Mafabi the MP for Budadiri West has won another two-year term as the Chairman for Bugisu Cooperative Union Limited (BCU).
Hon. Nandala Mafabi won unopposed after the only expected opponent Mr. Julius Nakiyi did not show up for the AGM. Mr Nakiyi a chartered accountant is the person who petitioned high court causing the postponement of AGM from 15/11/2018 to today.
From the same AGM, John Musila and Nathan Mabonga were also elected unopposed as Vice Chairman and Treasurer General respectively. Other board members elected were Eddy Wanambwa representing Bubulo zone, Canon Michael Lulonde representing Lambuli zone, Florence Wantsala of Manafwa zone, Hon Isaiah Sasaga- Sironko valley, Joshua Mweru and Kutosi James.
The venting process was chaired by Wilson Weasa Wamimbi the first Umukuuka of Bamasaaba. Florence Wantsala the only woman on a nine-member board pledged to mobilize women into coffee production and marketing through BCU.
Nandala in his speech pledged committed and corrupt free leadership that will lead the thriving of the Union and its members by focusing on international market and value addition for better prices. He revealed that in the next financial year, they have planned to invest 40b shillings and expect to make a profit of 5b shillings.
Hon Frederick Gume Ngobi the State Minister for cooperatives urged the new leadership to mobilize farmers to produce quality coffee and sell through BCU because only 2% of 40 million tons of coffee produced in Bugisu is sold through BCU which can’t create any impact in coffee business and welfare of coffee farmers.
Joseph Kitandwe the Registrar of Cooperatives who was the guest of honor urged Bagisu coffee farmers to stop suing the Union and its leadership in courts of law as it interferes with the normal business of the Union and leading to loss of money but rather resort to internal mechanisms like arbitration