Department of Registration of Co-operatives

The Department of Registration of co-operatives is charged with the responsibility of registration of societies, registration of amendments to by-laws, and charges liquidations and carrying out inquiries and inspections.

  1. Registration Section.
  2. Inspectorate Section.

Section 58 of the Co-operative Societies Act No. 12 of 1997, amended (2004), empowers the Commissioner for Co-operative Development to carry out inquires in co-operative societies either on his own accord or on the direction of the Minister or on application by not less than 1/3 of members of a co-operative society present and voting in a properly convened general meeting. In addition, section 60A of the same Act empowers the Commissioner to carry out impromptu inspection into the affairs of a co-operative society. Surcharges follow after inquiries are completed. All officials/employees adversely mentioned in inquiry reports are served with surcharge notices as per section 73 of the Act.


A vibrant co-operative movement undertaking viable ventures for economic/social development of its members.


To work closely with the Co-operative Movement in prioritizing, formulating, planning and designing viable projects for improvement of economic/social status of the members.


The Projects Division is mandated to perform the following functions:-

  1. Policy formulation, analysis and review in the co-operative.
  2. Identification and preparation of projects in collaboration with the field staff and co-operative committee members.
  3. Carry out feasibility studies and appraisal of projects and programs.
  4. Undertake continuous monitoring and evaluation of the projects.
  5. Preparation of the Medium-term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).
  6. Continuously up-date the co-operative data bank.


The project division is committed:

  1. To serve you with courtesy, honesty, integrity and fairness.
  2. To exercise skills, diligence and care in project implementation.
  3. To ensure projects are run and managed in the long term interest of the beneficiaries.
  4. To ensure that projects take into account the long-term impact of the environment and society at large.
  5. To have a data bank base for all projects implemented for case study purpose.
  6. We commit ourselves to:
    • Attend to you in the first fifteen minutes of your visit.
    • Respond to your correspondence within seven days upon receipt of your letter.
    • Give you the best advice that suits your requirement and treat your concerns with the urgency it deserves.
    • To nurture a positive public relationship.

Your Rights

The following are your rights when dealing with the officers in the department:

  • To be attended to and served on first come basis and without favour.
  • To get quality and timely information.
  • To complain when aggrieved.
  • To seek redress from any other office.

Your Obligations

The following are your obligations while dealing with the officers in the department:

  • That you accord due respect to the officers.
  • You provide accurate and relevant information for ease of the officers expected outputs.
  • That you are transparent, accountable and carry yourself with integrity in implementing projects.
  • You avoid conflict of interest at personal level in project implementation.
  • That all feedback on project planning and implementation is documented for future reference