West Pokot County led by the Department of Trade in collaboration with key stakeholders such as Cooperative bank, NACHU, KUSCCO, CIC, Equity Bank and KCB joined the rest of the world in marking the International Co-operative Alliance Day celebrations.
This year’s celebrations themed “Sustainable consumption and production”, were held at Teachers’ Plaza, Makutano led by CECM Augustine Monges- Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and Energy.
Speaking during the event, CECM Monges said that his ministry will spearhead efforts aimed at promoting cooperatives in the county.
He said that cooperatives have had a huge impact on the livelihoods of people of West Pokot County, hence the need to capacity-build them through training and benchmarking trips.
“We want to improve on our production so as to realize our agenda as a county of improving our economy.” He said.
Chief Officer Linus Losialima- Cooperatives & Investment urged the residents of West Pokot to join cooperatives so as to realize holistic development.
He said that the department of cooperatives will develop stringent measures to ensure that cooperatives last and develop.
“When we came in office, many of the cooperatives were dormant and we had to revive most of them. We cannot allow these cooperatives to go dormant again. That means those elected as leaders in the cooperative societies must be held accountable of the members’ investments in terms of savings,” pointed out Mr. Losialima.
The one- day event traces back to 1960/1961 when the first cooperative societies were registered.
The County Co-operative Development Committee Chairman- Mr. Richard Ripko, requested the county government to revive dormant societies and strengthen the active ones especially in North Pokot, Central and some parts of West Pokot Sub- counties. These societies will undertake a range of activities including savings and credit.
The cooperative movement currently prides itself of 15,500 members with 85 employees.
Among those present were William Ntoina- Investment & Cooperative directorate among others.