MBALE -Mr Nathan Nandala Mafabi, MP Budadiri West and the current chairman of Bugisu Cooperative Union (BCU) has a come under pressure after a member of the enduring union announced intentions to replace him at the coffee union.
BCU members will next month elect new leaders.
Mr Julius Nakiyi who wants to take the mantle from Mr Mafabi says he intends to stop the “endless” mismanagement of the union money, accumulation of debts and the the reckless disposal of union property.
“The union is operating on a broker-commission basis and yet this is an organisation which is supposed to generate profits,” he said. “Because of greed by the current committee members, the union is on its death-bed.”
He was meeting union members from Sironko Valley Zone at Budadiri Gardens ahead of the special general elections.
BCU has 278 primary farmers’ societies.
Mr Mafabi has on two occasions been elected chairman unopposed.
“This is the reason why I am seeking your mandate to rebrand and revamp the collapsing union. The revenue from the few properties that are not yet sold is being abused,” Mr Nakiyi, who is traversing all the nine zones of the BCU, said.
He said that in 2017, the union registered a Shs2.7 billion loss.
Mr Mafabi, however, said that endless members’ petitions stagnated his board’s programmes.
He said more than 500 petitions were received and settled and the Shs10 billion debt has been reduced to a “manageable” Shs2 billion.
He said Mr Nakiyi is merely spreading falsehoods and confusing farmers on matters he doesn’t understand properly.
Mr Mafabi said although he is not scared of competition, farmers’ representative will determine his achievements on voting day.
Formed in 1954, BCU remains one of Uganda’s few farmer-owned entities that have survived since the closure of the Uganda Co-operative Bank on May 19, 1999.
Wamala Cooperative Union, East Mengo Cooperative Union, Banyankole Kweterana Cooperative Union, among other farmers’ union closed shop decades ago.