By Precious Naturinda
Residents in the oil affected communities in Albertine Region have been asked to corporate in fighting against social injustices that come with oil discovery in western Uganda. In September 2015 various community Green Radio listeners clubs form Kigaga, Butimba and Kyakatemba have been visited by Allan Kalangi, the Manager of the Sustainability School at the National Association of Professional Environmentalist (NAPE) and programme officer in charge of CGR, together with some of NAPE´s international Partners.
Siegfried Schroeder, the East African Regional Director for Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, which supports NAPE to fight social injustices, says during the visit that knowledge is power and therefore people should get more trainings and knowledge of what takes place in their area.
Elke Kuhne, the Green Radio consultant, states that the challenges like land grabbing, poor compensation and gender issues among others that come with developments need concerted efforts for people to fight as one voice.
Allan Kalangi mentions that many people have failed to utilize the available resources and wait to be given money. He says when people engage in farming and other activities, poverty can be eradicated for communities. In addition Rev. Jack Ruhindi, a member of Kigaga Sustainability School, says many people in villages have land, which can be utilized to get out of poverty.