Oil refinery affected residents complain of delayed resettlement

By Precious Naturinda

 

Three years down the road, residents who are now living like squatters in the proposed oil refinery land in Buseruka sub county Hoima district are still waiting for resettlement.

 

If relocated in the proposed land of Kyakaboga village, Hoima district, the residents are entitled to land equivalent to what they had, a house and other social amenities, according to the commitment made by government in the Resettlement Action Plan.

 

However, in the recent resettlement plan that was availed to the affected residents by the Ministry of Energy and Natural resources, 47 out of 93 families to be relocated are not entitled to houses.

Innocent Tumwebaze, the vice chairperson of Proposed Oil Refinery Residents association says this has not only thrown people into fear for their future but also left them hopeless.

Government procures equipment to test water safety for Bunyoro sub-region

Local leaders in Hoima District have commended the government’s effort for procuring machines that will be used to monitor and regulate water pollution during oil and gas exploration in the Albertine region.

While meeting local leaders from the Albertine region at Kolping hotel recently the commissioner in charge of water quality management department from the ministry of water and Environment Florence Grace Adongo said as the ministry they are committed to protect all the water bodies that may be contaminated during oil and gas activities.

Adonga says the have procured four machines that will be put in different areas along the lakes including Lake Albert with total cost of 4 billion Uganda shillings.

The LC5  chairman  Hoima Bagonza George says much as oil is good business there is need to protect water bodies that Uganda shares with other countries to avoid being at war with countries like Egypt.

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Bagonza also asks the Albertine Regional Police Commander to send environmental police to the field to avert cases of environmental degradation.
Listen: LC5 2