The Alliance Africa Regional Board and Staff




Mr. Japheth Magomere, OGW - (Kenya

Mr. Japheth Anavila Magomere is the President of the Alliance Africa and the Vice President of the Alliance. Mr. Magomere was elected the President during the 13th Regional Assembly in Abuja. He has been a Delegate of Co-op Holdings Co-operative Society (the anchor shareholder of Co-operative Bank) since 1986 and is a Member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya. He serves as the Chairman of Co- operative Alliance of Kenya and is the Honourable Secretary of Maisha Bora Sacco. He has been a Council member of East African Farmers Federation since 2008 and joined the board in 2017. Japheth is the current Chairman of the National Council for Ushirika Day Celebrations and a Board Member of several secondary schools. He was honoured with the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (“OGW”) in 2009.

Vice President

duru Mr. Mike Duru - (Zimbabwe)

Mr. Micah Reketai Duru is the President of the Zimbabwe National Association of Housing Cooperatives (ZINAHCO), which is an apex organization comprising of 2,235 females and 2,777 males. He is also the Chairperson of the Mutare Secondary Housing Union. He is also the President of Zimbabwe National Cooperative Federation, comprising of different Apex bodies in Zimbabwe. He also  sits on  several other boards, like The Consumer Council of Zimbabwe at Provincial level, Government Sectorial Committee on Poverty Alleviation, Non Actors Forum as its Chairperson, Zimbabwe Housing Directors/Managers Forum, etc. During his tenure, he has managed to bring visibility to cooperative issues in Zimbabwe as well as advocating for a conducive framework to enable cooperative development to take place. Mr. Duru is a member of the Alliance Africa Regional Board. He has been with Alliance Africa for 7 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management (Research) from ZOU and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development and Gender Developmental Studies.  He also has a Diploma in Education from Marymount Teachers College and several certificates. He is passionate about the poor and he hopes to see a Zimbabwe where everyone is afforded an opportunity to cooperatively develop themselves and their societies.

mag Mr. George Magutu - (Kenya)

Mr. George Magutu is a Teacher by profession. He is the National Chairman of Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives Limited (KUSCCO) Limited and a delegate of World Organization of Credit Union (WOCCU) and International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).  Mr. Magutu is the Treasurer of Nyeri Teachers SACCO Society Limited. He holds a bachelor degree (Education) from Kenyatta University and is currently pursuing an International Co-operative Union Development Educator (ICUDE) due for designation in the month of November, 2018 having successfully completed DE (Development Educator) in January, 2017. He has served the movement for over twenty (20) years in various capacities, where he has contributed to the growth and development of the financial services sector through various programmes of financial inclusion.  Under his watch, KUSCCO Limited has grown its turnover to over one billion shillings.  Moreover, he has attended various international seminars abroad in USA, Canada and United Kingdom.  He is passionate about leadership and training, and has a vision for SACCOs in Kenya to be the best in the World. 

oriyomi Alhaji Oriyomi Ayeola - (Nigeria)

He holds a National Certificate in Education (NCE) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He joined the Lagos State Civil Service in 1993 as an Economics and Mathematics teacher; and has taught in various schools in the State. Ayeola ventured into cooperatives in 1995 as co-founder of Alaro Standing Order Cooperative from a terminable contribution group to a formidable cooperative society. He is the co-founded and served as pioneer President of NUT (Epe) Cooperative Multipurpose Society. He was elected President of LASCOFED in July, 2012 in a keenly contested election. Tajudeen Oriyomi Ayeola is currently the President of Cooperative Federation of Nigeria, a member of National Union of Teachers (NUT), a Patron in the Association of Nigerian Authors (Lagos Chapter), Honorary Fellow in the Institute of Cooperative Professionals of Nigeria (ICOPRON) and Leadership Award, Lagos State Association of Licensed Cooperative Account Managers (LASCAM).  

Alliance Africa Youth President

hildaMs. Hilda Ojall - (Kenya)

Hilda was born in a co-operative family and developed a great admiration and inspiration in working with youth and youth member owned institutions. Currently working with The Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives Ltd under Risk Management Services, Hilda is a certified Credit Union Development Educator (ADE). She has completed the D.E program, and is an educator of Credit Union / Saccos addressing different issues across Africa that affect Saccos and specifically youth. Hilda is also currently working on a youth mentorship program and is a member of the Alliance Youth Network Executive Committee.

Secretary to the Board and Regional Director

Dr. Chiyoge Buchekabiri Sifa - (DR Congo)

Dr Chiyoge Buchekabiri Sifa is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her experience with co-operative movement dates back to the 1990s when she was working as management trainee with the Central Co-operative for Savings and Credits (COCCEC-KIVU) in Bukavu, Zaire. More recently, she was engaged with the movement in developing strategic plan for co-operatives in Kenya, as deputy director in charge of co-operative capacity building and training with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Most recently, she was director, Cooperatives Program at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation agency (ATA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In that capacity, she spearheaded the development of a five-year sector development strategy for agricultural cooperatives in Ethiopia that entailed consultations with diverse range of stakeholders.

She hold PhD in Strategic Management from University of Nairobi  and has taught for more than five years at various universities within Africa where she was involved in both administrative and academic duties as member of the senate, chair of the MBA program and external examiner for MBA projects. Before joining academia, she worked with both private and public organizations at various levels from both for profit making and non-profit making enterprises across industries and countries.

Regional Office Staff

sifaDr. Chiyoge Buchekabiri Sifa - Regional Director

karimiDr. Rose Karimi - Project Manager salomeMs. Salome Wavinya Kimeu - Finance and Administration Manager
japhethMr. Japheth Kiganili Onyango - Support Staff erickMr. Erick Monda Obongo - Project Officer jeffMr. Geoffrey Asira - Communication and IT Officer
melvinMr. Melvin Foday Khabenje - Research Officer liliMr. Arnauld Aganze ZOZO - Policy Officer