Global Communities under US Agency for International Aid (USAID) EMIRGE program co -hosted a three day cooperatives legislation review workshop in Bungoma County in Kenya starting June 12th to 15th
. The forum aimed at advancing the status of a model co-operative bill and regulations pack to assist the county establish a co-operatives law that will guide the promotion, development and regulation of cooperatives.
“We developed this legislative pack to help counties exercise their constitutional right by establishing their own cooperatives law, many counties in Kenya still rely on CAP 490 to regulate cooperatives” said Mark Matabi, (USAID) EMIRGE program Country Lead. He urged the cooperative stakeholders and officials to support the policy which he said would improve cooperatives operations in the county.
“If we can establish a legal framework that supports the co-operative development bill, structures and systems then we can expect smooth execution of the devolved co-operative function” said Mathews Wanjala, the County Executive Committee Member for Cooperative Development. “Once I get the policy draft, I will create a cabinet memo and present it to the cabinet for approval”. He challenged co-operative stakeholders present in the workshop to reflect together to establish consensus on key recommendations to develop the county cooperative sector.
Bungoma is the 11th County among ten others: Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Uasin Gishu, Kajiado, Embu, Siaya, Kisumu, Bomet and Taita Taveta to have been supported by the USAID/EMIRGE program in the legislation process.