Lira – The State Minister for Cooperatives, Mr. Frederick Ngobi Gume could soon be explaining to the President if allegation mounted on him by members of Lango Cooperative Union (LCU) is anything to go by.
What this contemporary digital newspaper can confirm is that LCU has raised a lot of claims in what they describe “failure” by the minister to revive the union and their petition could be on its way to the President’s office that is if, it hasn’t reached the President, yet.
On December 11th, TND News landed on a petition to President from LCU. In that petition, they have raised a raft of issues pertaining the union.
“Your Excellency, as you may recall the Lango Conference held at Uganda Technical College Lira in 2012 had one of the resolutions as the revival of Largo Cooperative Union,” the petition signed by Mr. Opur DeApach as the interim chairperson reads in part.
In the same petition, Mr. DeApach goes ahead to accuse minister Ngobi Gume of frustrating their efforts to revive Lango Cooperative Union since 2017 even after a meeting with him and the registrar of cooperatives on August 21st 2019 which came up with “a roadmap for elections of interim board members”.
Elections were consequently held on October 28th 2019.
According to LCU, they claim the minister has failed to honor the elected interim board members on ground that his office had slated the elections for December and that the elected members were not vetted.
According to a document obtained by TND News, those elected as interim Board Members include:
Opur DeApac as chairperson
Okullu Joseph as vice chairperson
Otim Bonny as secretary
Obong Joshua as treasurer
Okino Charles, a member
Aryono Bob, a member
Owaa Mathew, a member
Okello John, member and;
Ejabo Peter also as a member
LCU has also disagreed with the minister over the issue of vetting its members on ground[s] that the law governing cooperatives gives such mandate to the district commercial officer not the minister.
This digital newspaper has also seen correspondence from Minister Ngobi to Dokolo district Woman Member of Parliament, Hon. Cecilia Atim Ogwal on the issue of vetting interim board members of Lango Cooperative Union. The letter is dated 14th November 2019.
Additionally, Lango Cooperative Union members have told the President, in the petition that they need support of approximately shillings 6.5b for among others; crop finance of produce marketing and transport, orientation of union members and construction of stores at primary societies.
By press time, Minister Ngobi could not be reached for comments.
As it can be recalled, a section of Lango MPs have often been accused of frustrating efforts to revive Lango Cooperative Union.