The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has asked the government to re-engage communities in the quest to restore cooperatives. He said that the cooperative movement was the engine for Uganda’s development in the past and that it needed to be revived to help subjects overcome poverty and attain universal financial inclusion.
He was speaking Wednesday during his 26th coronation anniversary at Nkumba University playground in Katabi town council, Wakiso District.
The king said that Buganda was a strong factor in national economy during the colonial era when cooperatives such as Ssingo, Buddu, West and East Buganda as well as their sister unions in Busoga and Bugisu were active.
“The protectorate government supported their government from wealth accrued from coffee and cotton production,” Kabaka said.
Adding that, “For cooperatives to thrive, members of the different associations need to come together for a common good instead of waiting for the government to invest on their behalf.”
The King also said that cooperatives employ many people pointing back to the 1960s when members were able open their own bank, the Cooperative bank.
“Cooperatives are a source of wealth and they enable people to accumulate wealth. People are crying of poverty, we need to revive cooperatives and reenergize cotton and coffee growing to support our economy,” Kabaka said.
The Kingdom Prime Minister, Charles Peter Mayiga also reechoed the same message and urged the Kingdom subjects to work hard enough through the Kingdom initiatives on Agriculture, health and safety, in line with Buganda’s strategic objectives
Kabaka’s special guest, His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and the titular ruler of Sokoto in northern Nigeria, asked all leaders to always work for and on behalf of the people just like cultural leaders do.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, in his remarks read by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, thanked Kabaka Mutebi for leading several Development Initiatives within the Kingdom. He also supported the Kabaka Coronation Fund with 50 million Shillings.
The coronation anniversary is a celebration in memory of the day Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, the 36th ruler of Buganda Kingdom was crowned King. The events took place at Naggalabi, Buddo in Busiro county in 1993. Mutebi was crowned after 27 years of the abolition of monarchs in Uganda by then President Milton Obote.