A section of farmers in Lango are demanding for change in the leadership
of Lango Cooperative Union before government compensates the union five billion shillings.
Lango cooperation Union is among the 22 cooperatives selected by the
government to benefit from the shillings 162 billion compensation for the property
lost during various insurgencies.
The others are Bunyoro Growers with verified demand of 4.9b, Masaka
Cooperative Union 17.4b, and Teso Cooperative union with 15.1b.
Others are North Bukedi Cooperative union with 11.4b, Masaaba
Cooperative with 818m and Busoga Growers Union with 6.52b.
Isaac Opio Opeo, a resident of Alito Sub County in Kole district
said the current leadership should leave office before they can be paid
Opeo alleges that the leadership is incompetent and corrupt.
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Dickens Wacio Olak, a member of Chegere Primary Cooperative Society in Apac
District want Lango Cooperative Union revamped but under new leadership.
He says that due to poor leadership of the union, several farmers
are being cheated by the middlemen.
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Leonard Okello, the Executive Director of Uhuru Institute for
Social Development says Lango Cooperative Union must consider reorganizing its
He says that the current leaders of the union are in office
illegally since they have overstayed beyond their mandatory period.
The union’s chairperson Johnson Engole and Patrick Oryang, the Secretary-General
were re-elected in 2008 under unclear circumstance.
Engole says that internal arrangement to re-organize all societies
that are members of Lango Cooperative Union is on-going.
Jonas Tweyambe, the chairperson of Uganda Cooperatives Alliance,
an umbrella association that unite all Cooperatives in Uganda want government
to expedite the compensation process.
As of June 2019, there were 19,718 registered cooperatives as of June 2019, a
sharp rise from about 4,500 few years ago according to Frederick Ngobi, the
state minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.