The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces SACCO (Wazalendo) has carried out a coporate social responsibility which they termed as giving back to the community. In this, the SACCO has offered free financial literacy training and other gifts to the SACCOs in Lukaya, Kalungu and Masaka districts a gesture of giving back to the civilian fraternity.
According to the Director Finance and Administration Jack Mugyerwa, the exercise will cover 18 SACCOs in 6 districts of greater Masaka which include , Masaka, Bukomansimbi, Lyantonde, Kalungu, Lwengo and Sembabule as part of the UPDF’s civil military cooperation activities being carried out in the area to celebrate 40 years of Tarehe sita .
He urged the SACCOs to be united, seek for knowledge from excellent SACCOs,to be self-reliant through encouraging savings and be trustworthy if they are to excel .
Col Mugyerwa further said that Wazalendo SACCO has not only reached other SACCOs as part of Tarehe Sita activities but also implementing the Cooperative principle No 7 (Cooperation among Cooperators).
” As WSACCO, we believe in working together and developing together, we have always visited fellow SACCOs in the country to share experience ,train them and even give some SAACOs material support such computers to those that cannot afford to enable them operate professionally” He added.
Mugyerwa called upon Lukaya road Toll Market Vendors Association (LUTOMA) and other SACCOs in the area to establish strong relationship with WSACCO, and embrace such opportunities whenever they are available if they are to excel.
Mr Lwasa the Chairman of LUTOMA appreciated the UPDF’s Wazalendo Sacco for the door opened to work together and asked for continued support.
Fr. Waswa John the Chairperson BOD of Blessed Sacrament Bwesa Catholic Parish in lwabenge sub county Kalungu District also applauded the UPDF SACCO upon the efforts it has manifested in transforming other growing SACCOs through financial literacy and other material support.
” I in general appreciate the Ugandan Army for the better civil military relations, if it was those past armies we would not be seated together peacefully, your discipline and commitment has made you strong , successful and unique ” said Fr Waswa of Bwesa parish SACCO.
Bwesa SACCO is a church founded Sacco with 978 membership composed of ten sub parishes.
The UPDF have been involved in lots of activities including general cleaning of major towns and extending piped to the people of Masaka in the celebrations of 40 years of Tarehe Sita