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Uganda's estimated oil wealth has increased from 3.5 billion to 6.5 billion barrels,following new discoveries. || 80% of the land in Uganda is tilled by Women but they own less than 10% of it. || The Albertine grabben, where most of Uganda's oil is found, is also one of the most ecologically diverse regions in Africa.
On March 28, 2018, twenty (20) women, ten children and other refinery-affected persons  wrote to the Principal Judge and notified him of their intention to demonstrate at his chambers.
 
The refinery-affected women, children and others sought to express their displeasure with the judiciary over its inhumane, unjust and unfair delay in hearing the case they brought against government in 2014 over delayed, unfair and under-compensation. 
 
Understanding their frustration, the Principal Judge, Dr Yorokamu Bamwine, directed the  High Court to expedite hearing of the refinery-affected people's court case.
 
The newsletter has the following content: 
  • Oil, girls & education: We all must address impacts of oil on girls’ education Community Voices! Lessons gained from community film screening 
  • Pictorial of our activities
  • Lobbying
  • In the media 
  • Upcoming events

See more:  AFIEGO's March 2018 newsletter

In the letter, AFIEGO calls on the company to make public its findings on what caused the electrocution, and consequent death, of two pupils and a housemaid early this month (March 1, 2018) in Rubaga, Kampala.
 
For several years now, UMEME has blamed victims of electrocutions yet it should be held accountable over failure to ensure the safety of electricity installations. 
 
AFIEGO also calls on government to penalise UMEME over its failure to ensure  safety of its installations.
 
AFIEGO calls on parliament to address the injustices of unfair, delayed and under-compensation committed against the refinery project-affected people (PAPs) of Hoima. 
 
These injustices, which AFIEGO requested the  Auditor General (AG) to carry out investigations on, are identified in the AG's report of 2017
 
AFIEGO also calls for the penalisation of Ministry of Energy officials who caused losses to taxpayers amounting to millions of shillings because of the officials' failure to ensure an efficient compensation process for the refinery PAPs.
 
The press release has been issued by AFIEGO following a CSO petition to the Natural Resources (NR) Committee of Parliament on March 7, 2018 to address gaps in the National Environment Bill (2017). 
 
The Bill is currently before parliament for scrutiny and debate.
 
During the petition to the NR Committee, the 16 CSOs that are party to the  petition/memornadum noted the following gaps in the Bill:
  • Failure to provide for avoidance of environmentally damaging activities in fragile ecosystems;
 
  • Failure to put in place sufficient measures to guarantee NEMA's Board of Directors and ED independence from political interference to secure the environment;
 
  • Failure to put in place stiff penalties against non-compliance to the law in addition to putting in place provisions that could encourage negligence by environment officers and;
 
  • Failure to provide for adequate citizen participation in environmental conservation etc.
The CSOs, which were led by AFIEGO, made recommendations to address the gaps.

 

The newsletter has the following must-read content:

  • Interim land report: Why citizens must make more input into it to address land challenges
  • Pictorial of our activities
  • Lobbying
  • In the media
  • Upcoming events. See More: AFIEGO's February 2018 Newsletter
The communique makes recommendations for the closure of gaps in the interim report that the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led Commission of Inquiry on Land matters handed over to the President last week.
 
The communique, which has been  issued by AFIEGO and 16 other civil society organisations (CSOs), notes gaps such as:
 
  • Failure to address the real causes of land injustices in Uganda including political patronage, political interference in land matters and corruption in the Ministry of Lands and elsewhere among others; 
 
  • The mis-advised recommendation to disband District Land Boards and Area Land Committees ALCs in addition to abolishing Mailo land;
 
  • Failure to make recommendations to address bottlenecks in the judiciary such as political interference and lengthy court hearing processes that deter access to justice and;
 
  • Failure to subject the interim report to wider stakeholder consultation to ensure that views of the witnesses who appeared before the Commission were adequately captured among others.

See more:  Communique calling for closure of gaps in Justice Bamugemereire Land Commission interim report

The newsletter has the following must-read content:

  • Why faulty electricity metres, other electricity failures matter  
  • Oil developments destroying lives: Stories of families broken by oil refinery project
  • Pictorial of our activities
  • Lobbying
  • In the media
  • Upcoming events

See more:  AFIEGO's January 2018 Newsletter

In the press statement, AFIEGO calls for an audit of the Yaka! pre-payment system to end consumer exploitation. 
 
We also call on the Ministry of Energy to make public the agreements government signed with the thermal electricity generation companies, Jacobsen and Electro-Maxx, to enable a parliamentary investigation that should see power consumers stop paying for electricity they are not consuming.
 

 

In the communique, the Guild Presidents' Forum on Oil Governance (GPFOG) react to the president's remarks that Uganda would hire foreigners to fill skills gaps in the oil sector. The remarks were made at the Skilling and Local Content Forum held last week.
 
The youth argue that Uganda is not doing enough to prepare Ugandans to work in the oil sector and note that the president's remarks are testament to this.
 
They make several recommendations, which can be viewed via:  Communique by GPFOG calling on government to improve national content efforts