On February 13, 2017, 30 representatives from ten national and grassroots civil society organisations met at Africa Institute for Energy Governance’s (AFIEGO) office in Kampala and discussed reports that government was mooting staking Uganda’s oil to the Exim Bank of China to acquire funding to the tune of Shs 7.5 trillion for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
The participants of the meeting expressed shock that government was mortgaging Uganda’s oil despite this being explicitly prohibited under Section 74 of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) of 2015. They called for reprimanding of the Attorney General for encouraging this illegality to go on. Participants also raised concerns about government’s consistent failure to sign up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and involve Ugandans in decisions regarding the oil sector. They pointed out that this was responsible for illegal decisions such as the one above. AFIEGO and partners' communique on mortgaging Uganda's oil for the Standard Gauge Railway
On January 27, 2017, Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) in partnership with the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), the Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST) and the IUCN Uganda Country Office launched the Shared Resources, Joint Solutions (SRJS) Uganda programme at a high level conference held at Hotel Africana in Kampala. Proceedings report of launch of the Shared Resources Joint Solutions Uganda Programme
In our January newsletter:
The deputy chief justice Mr. Steven Kavuma must stop using the law to serve injustice and cheat Ugandans, a consortium of nine civil society organisations working for justice and equitable development in Uganda has said. The organisations which include Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), Global Rights Alert (GLA), National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) and Centre for Constitutional Governance (CCG), made the above call following the issuance of an interim order restraining parliament, any persons or authority from investigating or inquiring into the Shs 6 billion oil cash bonus payment made to several government officials. Press statement on Justice Steven Kavuma's gagging debate on Shs 6B oil cash payments
Mindful of our collective mandate to ensure that public resources benefit all Ugandans, we, Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), Global Rights Alert (GLA), National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), Centre for Constitutional Governance (CCG), Guild Presidents Forum on Oil Governance (GPFOG), GRAFENI BUTIMBA Hoima, Kwatanisa Buseruka, Kakindo Orphans-Buliisa and the Oil Refinery Residents Association (ORRA), are unequivocally calling on the over 40 public officials who received the Shs 6B oil bonus payment to return it to the consolidated fund immediately. AFIEGO and partners' communique on the Shs 6B oil cash payout to public officials
Dear Hon. Betty Amongi,
We, at Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIGO), have noted with great concern your attempts to fool Ugandans into thinking that government’s insistence on amending the constitution to deprive Ugandans of their right to prior compensation in compulsory land acquisition exercises by government is good for Ugandans. Open letter to the Minister of Lands on proposed land amendments
This memorandum highlights proposals by AFIEGO and six other CSOs and CBOs from the oil region for the 2016 Draft Land Acquisition and Resettlement Framework (LARF); the framework has been developed by the Joint Venture Partners -CNOOC, Total and Tullow Oil- and the government of Ugandato guide the process of land acquisition for infrastructure for the oil and gas sector. Civil society proposals to improve the planned land acquisition by government and oil companies
In this Issue, AFIEGO showcased the work we do in the energy sector to bring justice to the poor and vulnerable, we put a spotlight on the Oil for Development Program. We highlighted the program's great achievements and show what next should be done to ensure that the laws, policies and other benefits of the program are implemented so that Ugandans can benefit from their oil.