Former vice president Specioza Wandira Kazibwe has called on the Basoga to use the spirit of togetherness exhibited during funerals to kick start developmental projects in the region.
“We should sustain the harmony exercised at burials to trigger positive development and cooperation in communities. When one had a function be it a marriage or burial the community would willingly bring whatever they had and they built their social security through cooperation,” she said.
Ms Kazibwe made the call in Naibowa village, Kamuli District during the opening of St Jacob’s Church. The church was constructed by the family of Yafesi Muwuluke in memory of their late father.
The former head of the Micro Finance Support Centre described the Basoga as naturally cooperative as they had traditional cooperatives through which they would pool resources without any default.
However, she said Busoga has failed to tap into the traditional version of Saccos despite receiving more than Shs1 billion in government grants.She attributed the poor performance of Saccos to multiple memberships and borrowing, a poor saving culture and poor management.
Ms Kazibwe also called on educated Basoga living in urban areas to invest in the villages and create centres of excellence that will inspire their communities to work hard.