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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.

Your Excellencies,
We, environmental and human rights Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda, express our deep concerns in relation to the subject matter above.
As you are well aware your Excellencies, between July 5 and 7, 2018, the Ugandan navy and that of the DRC engaged in fatal skirmishes on Lake Edward. This saw over 37 Ugandans and Congolese die or go missing.  


In particular, seven Ugandans including four military personnel and three civilians were killed. Over 30 Congolese fishermen were also killed or went missing.  
The fact that over 37 Ugandan and Congolese nationals died or went missing stands to not only betray the good neighborly relations between our two countries but also to compromise the livelihoods of communities in Uganda and the DRC who earn a living from  Lake Edward living through fishing. Read More: Open letter calling on Ugandan and DRC presidents to stop the killing of fishermen on L Edward

AFIEGO's June 2018 newsletter contains the following must-read content:

  • Government must change electricity sector investment strategy to increase electrification
  • Communities speak! 
  • Pictorial of our activities
  • Lobbying
  • In the media
  • Upcoming events. Read More: AFIEGO's June 2018 newsletter

 

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.