Your Excellency, Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), a public policy research and advocacy organisation dedicated to influencing energy and related policies such as those on land to benefit the poor and vulnerable, takes this opportunity to appreciate your efforts to address the land challenges affecting Ugandans.
Among others, you have superintended over processes to put in place laws and policies to protect land owners, including bibanja owners, have supported land reforms aimed at benefitting the poor and have personally dialogued with poor Ugandans facing evictions such as you recently did with the people of Bukasa, Kito and Namataba villages in Bweyogerere Division, Wakiso district who wrongfully settled on land belonging to the National Forestry Authority (NFA). Open letter to the president on lands commission of inquiry
Dear Hon. Betty Amongi,
Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), a public policy research and advocacy organisation dedicated to influencing energy and related policies such as those on land to benefit the poor and vulnerable, takes this opportunity to appreciate your efforts to address the land problems affecting Ugandans.
Among others, we recognise that since your appointment to the ministry of lands, you have taken several steps to find lasting solutions to end conflicts relating to land issues especially as regards land grabbing in the country. Land grabbing mostly affects the poor and vulnerable in Bunyoro and across the entire country and it is commendable that you are engaging in efforts to help the poor.
While we appreciate your efforts to address land challenges in Uganda, we also take note of the fact that a number of government’s and your activities contravene the law and contribute to the land challenges you seem to seek to address. Open letter to Hon Betty Amongi on cancellation of land titles in Bunyoro
We send you greetings and extend our appreciation for the work you are doing to inquire into the so called presidental hand shake of UGX6 billion paid to selected public officials. Ugandans are counting on you and the entire parliament to approach this inquiry with a sense of urgency and public accountability. CSO petition to COSASE on golden handshake
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
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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
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.