Uasin Gishu County Governor H.E Hon. Jackson K. Mandago has called upon the national assembly to shelf the recently introduced cooperatives amendment bill, saying that it is against the spirit of the cooperative movement in Kenya.
This according to the County boss, would kill the many revived cooperatives in the republic more so in Uasin Gishu County, where the administration has chosen cooperatives movement as a driver in uplifting the livelihoods of its residents.
He said that the amendment would give veto powers to individuals who are financially stable to override the decision of the cooperatives management committees.
Governor Mandago also directed his government’s department of Cooperatives in conjunction with the legal department to draft a petition to parliament to have the proposed amendment quashed and involve stakeholders in drafting the right bill.
The vocal Governor, who also doubles up as the NOREB Chair, enumerated reasons of his rejection, as the amendment ought to have been subjected to public participation before being introduced in parliament.
In addition, Cooperatives is a devolved function and by law, it should have gone to the senate as a protector of devolution,” stated the furious Governor.
The County boss further added that the Council of Governors (CoG) should have been involved as they are the major stakeholders in devolution and by extension the running and affairs of cooperatives.
“I seat in the Agriculture and Cooperatives Committee in the council but I can tell you this never came to our committee for discussion,” added Mandago.
Governor Mandago has been agitating for the strengthening of the cooperatives movement to spur economic development, adding that the manufacturing sub-agenda in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s four pillars cannot be achieved without involving cooperatives.