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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 August 1, 2017, Members of the Guild Presidents’ Forum on Oil Governance (GPFOG), a youth-led association comprising of current and former Guild Presidents, Guild Ministers and all youth leaders in institutions of higher learning across Uganda, met in Kampala and deliberated on government plans articulated by its officials including Mr. David Mafabi, the Political Assistant in the President’s Office and MPs such as Ibrahim Abiriga, Simeo Nsubuga, James Kakooza and others to amend Article 102(b) of the 1995 Uganda Constitution to lift the presidential age limit.   GPFOG statement on plan to amend article 102 of the constitution

Read about:

  • Uganda's youth warn: Changing of the constitution will deter oil benefits
  • What youth should know about oil & gas talent register being developed by gov't
  • Pictorial
  • Lobbying
  • In the media
  • Upcoming events. AFIEGO's July 2017 Newsletter

The 2016 annual report shows detailed information on activities implemented and achievements registered by AFIEGO in 2016.

 
Read the full annual report via AFIEGO's 2016 annual report
 
A communique by AFIEGO and her partners calling on MPs to reject  the Constitutional Amendment Bill Number 13 of 2017 in which the government  seeks to amend Article 26 of the 1995 Constitution to compulsorily acquire private property before payment of fair and adequate compensation. 
If effected, the proposed amendments will worsen human rights violations, land grabbing, displacements, delayed compensation, payment of unfair and inadequate compensation,  poverty, land conflicts, food insecurity, destruction of protected among others.
AFIEGO and her partners are calling on MPs to use their oversight powers to compel government to implement progressive legal reforms.
AFIEGO and her partners are committed to mobilise communities across the entire country to oppose this Bill in order to guard against violation of citizens’ rights.   
In the month of May, nearly 50 women whose property was acquired by government in 2012 for Uganda's proposed oil refinery but are yet to be relocated held a meeting in which they raised a number of urgent concerns for addressing by their legislators and other stakeholders.
 
The women requested AFIEGO to write to their Members of Parliament (MPs) to request for a meeting to address the concerns which include: 
 
 
(i) Lack of education for their children and the fact that the children, who are out of school because schools in the refinery area collapsed, are missing out on government's National ID registration exercise for pupils; government has set a deadline of August 30 for the exercise; 
 
(ii) Lack of food for households including families of Persons Living with HIV, which is making adherence to HIV treatment hard;
 
(iii) Lack of burial places when the women and their families lose loved ones; the women and their families are landless because government took over the control of their land before compensation and they are not allowed to bury their people in the land and; 
 
(iv) An unsuitable resettlement area that will negatively affect women that is being set up government
 

Dear partners and friends,

Warm greetings from AFIEGO

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The newsletter contains the following:
  • How AFIEGO’s Youth Leadership Initiative has built global influencers
  • Key facts about Uganda’s energy sector
  • Pictorial
  • Lobbying
  • In the media
  • Upcoming events

See more:  AFIEGO's June 2017 Newsletter

COSASE Report on the Shs 6B oil cash handshake

The report, submitted by the the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) to parliament, following the investigation of the Shs. 6B presidential handshake, was adopted by parliament

Among others, COSASE recommended that  the 42 recipients of the handshake return the monies received. In a joint CSO petition to parliament and through the news media among others, AFIEGO and her partners lobbied for this position. 

Source: The Parliament of Uganda.

See more of COSASE's recommendations in the report:  COSASE Report on the Shs 6B oil cash handshake

Open letter to the Minister of Water and Environment to table the National Environmental Management Bill before Parliament to protect the environment against the negative effects of oil development activities.

See more  Open letter to the Minister of Water and Environment to table the National Environmental Management Bill before Parliament

A petition to the Natural Resources Committee and MPs from the Albertine Graben to defend environmental and community rights amidst oil threats.

Read the full petition  Petition by stakeholders from Albertine Graben to Natural Resources Committee and MPs from the Graben