Police Deploys Ahead of BCU Special General Meeting

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Jacob Opolot, the Elgon regional police commander says they deployed to ensure only eligible delegates attend the meeting and prevent chaos.

Police has tightened security at Mbale resort hotel ahead of the Bugisu Cooperative Union-BCU special general meeting. A team of heavily armed cops led by Jacob Opolot, the Elgon Regional Police Commander and Gerald Tusiime, the Mbale District Police deployed at the hotel this morning.
 
The Cops are screening all the delegates before allowing them into the meeting hall. Amelia Kyambadde, the Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Minister and William Kitandwe, the registrar cooperatives are expected to steer the meeting, which will lead to the election of a new board.
 
Jacob Opolot, the Elgon regional police commander says they deployed to ensure only eligible delegates attend the meeting and prevent chaos. It came after farmers protested guidelines issued by government for the people expected to attend the meeting saying they were aimed at locking out delegates from the meeting.  
 
Today’s meeting comes about three years; after government kicked out the Nathan Nandala Mafabi led BCU board over allegations of mismanagement. Government intervened after the previous BCU board members led by Samuel Wamulugwa, petitioned government accusing the Nandala led board of mismanagement.
 
However, special audits instituted by government exonerated Nandala and his team and instead implicated the former board of gross financial mismanagement, which cost the union millions of shillings. Early this year, Amelia Kyambadde, the trade minister apologized to the farmers saying government was misled to intervene in the management of the union and promised to hand it back to the farmers.

 Last week, the petitioners vowed to boycott today’s meeting.