Uasin Gishu governor promises to fund Cooperatives

By Wasike Elvis

Uasin Gishu governor Jonathan Bii now says his administration will increase the Cooperative fund through a hustler kitty, a move that echoes the national administration’s bottom-up economics.

He said this will ensure that many people who are in groups benefit.

“As a county, we have a standalone Cooperative ministry and my government will increase money allocated for the same so that many people in groups can benefit. The money will also be channeled through the hustler fund to uplift those in bottom,” said governor Bii.

The governor said he will revive collapsed Cooperative societies by funding and appointing new managers.

 “In the last administration, I am told that more than 300 Cooperatives were revived. I want to pledge that I will double the number in my first term in office. The societies collapsed due to mismanagement and corruption and I will ensure this is a thing of the past,” the governor said.

Through the County Enterprise Fund (CEF), the previous administration lent more than Ksh500 million to the Societies.

He further called on residents to join Cooperatives to enable them access funding from both the county and national governments.

“The Cooperatives will reduce inequality by empowering people economically and providing a chance for the less endowed to start businesses and gain access to services that would otherwise be beyond their reach,” said governor Bii. The county will reduce the levies charged boda boda operators by half to give meaning to their investment.

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