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Bagungu Community Propose Leases for Oil Projects

Now, the Bagungu propose that landowners should lease their land to government and oil companies, arguing that the oil resource is not permanent and can be exhausted within a number of years.

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Bagungu Land owners want government and oil firms to lease their land for oil production activities. This is among the proposals in a petitioned tabled by Dr. Enoch Bigirwa, the Patron of Bagungu Community Association-BACA before the National Resources Committee of Parliament. 

The petition is on "unfair and meager compensation by Government and oil company Total E&P in relation to permanent compulsory land acquisition to give way for oil and gas exploration developments in Buliisa district and other matters." 

Bigirwa says there is need for parliament to review the compulsory and permanent land acquisition in oil rich areas of Buliisa, Nwoya and Hoima districts. He explains that government and oil companies have come up with a permanent compulsory acquisition of land for oil, gas and related developments at a rate of Shillings 3.5 million, which they say is low.

 

 

Now, the Bagungu propose that landowners should lease their land to government and oil companies, arguing that the oil resource is not permanent and can be exhausted within a number of years.

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The Committee members led by Ruhinda North County MP, Thomas Tayebwa and Rukungiri Municipality MP, Roland Kaginda demanded that the Bagungu name and shame the land grabbers. 

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The Nakaseke North County MP, Syda Bbumba, Kumi Municipality MP, Silas Aogon and Oliver Katwesigye, the Buhweju woman MP said there is need for Bagungu Community Association to sensitise its people over land matters.

 

 

 

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The petitioners also want parliament to prevail over oil companies to provide mitigation measures for negative effects that were omitted in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report for the Tilenga project within Murchison Falls National Park and Buliisa District.

In November last year, the Bagungu noted that local people were not consulted during Public Hearings held on the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment report. Total Exploration and Production Uganda B.V. and Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Ltd prepared the ESIA for the proposed Tilenga project and submitted it to NEMA for consideration.   

However, Naomi Karekaho, the Spokesperson National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) told Uganda Radio Network on phone that the Authority is still reviewing the Tilenga ESIA report. She disclosed that the Authority will make the final decision on whether or not to approve the report based on issues raised by different stakeholders.

 

 The Natural Resource Committee chairperson, Dr. Keefa Kiwanuka said they are considering inviting ministries, departments and agencies as well as the oil companies to respond to the petitioner's prayers.

 

The Buliisa County MP, Stephen Mukitale tabled the petition before parliament in February 2018 by. He wants the committee to demand for action plans and accountability from government and the road map for achieving first oil production slated for 2020.

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