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Oil Refinery Project Affected Persons Get Land Titles

In 2012 the government acquired 29 square Kilometer piece of land for the construction of the Oil refinery in 13 villages in Kabaale parish in Buseruka sub-county.
Minister Peter Lokeris handing over a land title to Richard Orebi in Kyakaboga village Buseruka sub county in Hoima district. Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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The government has handed over 127 land titles to persons affected by the Oil refinery project in Hoima district.   These are part of the 133 titles that are supposed to be issued to the oil refinery project affected persons-PAPs.

In 2012 the government acquired 29 square kilometers of land for the construction of the Oil refinery in 13 villages in Kabaale parish in Buseruka sub-county.  More than 7,000 people were displaced and some of them resettled to Kyakaboga village in Buseruka sub-county where the government acquired 533 acres of land and constructed permanent houses.  

However, since then, the project-affected persons -PAPs have been demanding their land Titles in vain despite the government committing itself that the titles would be issued before they are resettled.

 

The titles were on Thursday given to the Oil Refinery Project Affected Persons-PAPs in Kyakaboga village in Buseruka sub-county by Peter Lokeris, the State Minister for Energy and Mineral Development.    

Lokeris says the processed titles are a guarantee to the PAPs to genuinely own their land without interference. He says the handover of the Titles is yet another key achievement made in the implementation of the Refinery Resettlement Action Plan- RAP.

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He cautioned the beneficiaries to take the titles very crucial and warned them from the sale of their land.

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Lokeris further explains that the government is committed to ensuring that as the oil and gas sector progresses, Bunyoro region and the entire country develop rapidly with the oil and gas resource. 

Honey Malinga, the Acting Director Directorate of Petroleum in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development says the six titles are yet to be given to the owners. He explains that the owners did not have National Identification Cards.

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Pius Wakabi, the Bugahya County Member of Parliament says the issuance of the Titles will protect the PAPs from land grabbers.  He wants the government to extend the exercise of giving free land titles to all people living in Bunyoro since most people can’t afford to acquire the titles yet they are being threatened with evictions.

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Grace Gipatho one of the project-affected persons says her title will give a big boost to the protection of her land.

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