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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.

UMEME, ERA must not be part of metre verification exercise by UNBS for fair & accurate findings. Read More: Press statement -UNBS must remain independent during metre testing

 

Government must open Nyahaira P/S this school term to enable the oil refineryaffected pupils who were relocated to Kyakaboga to return to school, refineryaffected parents have said. Read More: Press statement by ORRA calling for opening of Nyahaira

Your Excellencies, we civil society organisations (CSOs) working for the promotion of environmental and human rights protection in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts under co-operations and collaborations such the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) and others being undertaken to jointly and sustainably develop our two countries while conserving the environment. Read More: Communique calling on presidents of DRC and Uganda to stop oil activities in Greater Virunga

The Great Lakes Advocacy Coalition for Conservation of Natural Resources (GLACCNR), an alliance of civil society organisations (CSOs) from Uganda and the DR Congo (DRC), is calling on the governments of Uganda and the DRC to, once and for all, cease all efforts to explore for oil in the eco-sensitive Greater Virunga landscape. Read More: Press statement calling for cessation of oil activities in Greater Virunga

AFIEGO's April 2018 newsletter contains the following must-read content: 
  • No electricity, no life: Hospitals must have power
  • In the spotlight: Ministry of Energy's livelihood restoration fails to meet refinery-affected people's needs
  • Pictorial of our activities
  • Lobbying
  • In the media 
  • Upcoming events

See more:  AFIEGO's April 2018 newsletter

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.