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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.
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
In the petition, we ask the Minister to address gaps in the Upstream General Regulations to foster national (local) content, fair competition, transparency and accountability in oil sector procurement processes.
 
Unless the gaps contained in the petition are addressed, the above principles of procurement and Uganda's aspirations of national content in the oil sector stand to be derailed.
 
n the letter, written to the Minister of Energy by AFIEGO and the refinery-affected people, we demand for the re-assessment, compensation using 2017/2018 rates and payment of a disturbance allowance of 30% as mandated by the law to the refinery-affected people.
 
As we are aware, the refinery-affected people have waited for over five years now for compensation or relocation. This injustice must be urgently addressed through all of us working together to hold government accountable.
 

Our December 2017 newsletter contains the following:

  • Good governance in Uganda: How AFIEGO made a difference in the energy sector in 2017
  • Highlights of key achievements
  • Stakeholders Speak!
  • Pictorial of our 2017 activities
  • Lobbying
  • In the media

See more:  AFIEGO's December 2017 Newsletter

CSOs including AFIEGO show why the recently Government of Uganda (GoU) and UNDP project to restore wetlands and build communities' climate resilience will register little success if the GoU does not:
 
a) Enact the reviewed National Environment Management Policy, National Environment Bill in addition to the reviewed EIA and SEA regulations which they have failed to enact for three years;
 
b) Pursue a pro-people inclusive approach in which the public is sensitised and endorses protection of sensitive ecosystems
 
c) Empower NEMA and district environment offices to enforce the law and supervise sensitive ecosystems against encroachers, including the rich and powerful
 
d) Avoids amendment of Article 26 of the Constitution and adopts international land acquisition practices to prevent poor and landless Ugandans from resettling in sensitive ecosystems including wetlands  
 

Views by youth working with AFIEGO under the Guild Presidents Forum on Oil Governance issued to the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary

Affairs on the proposed amendment of Article 102 (b) of the Constitution.

The youth called on the committee to reject Constitution Amendment Bill No. 2 because it threatens the fragile democracy that Uganda has built.

See more:  GPFOG open letter to Committee on Legal & Parliamentary Affairs to reject amendment of Article 102(b)

An open letter to the presidents of Uganda and Tanzania by the refinery-affected people Open letter by Oil Refinery PAPs to the presidents of Uganda & Tanzania on failures in land acquisition processes and lack of adequate citizen participation in oil sector on failures of land acquisition processes for the oil sector in Uganda and lack of adequate citizen involvement in the Novemebr 9-11, 2017 presidential visit by President John Magufuli to Uganda