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The appeal was heard in Kampala today and through the attached press statement, we share news of the key outcomes of the hearing among others.read more
The press statement relays the following news among others:
The eviction by security forces of about 3,000 families from their farmlands around Bugoma forest;
The eviction of over 350 households from their homes around Bugoma forest;
Failure by government to conclude the Bugoma forest boundary opening, which has contributed to the eviction of the people.
Through the press statement, the Bugoma forest host communities make the following demands among others:
That the Kikuube district security committee led by the RDC explain how the eviction happened yet in previous meetings, the Ministry of Lands had promised that no community members would be evicted;
That the Ministry of Lands resumes the Bugoma forest boundary opening exercise to protect Bugoma forest and communities.Press statement -Bugoma forest communities evicted -28-April-2022
The newsletter expresses AFIEGO’s solidarity with those who are beleaguered because of COVID-19 and the brave frontliners who are fighting the disease. It calls on the world’s leaders to use this time to recommit to promoting environmental and biodiversity conservation.
The newsletter also discusses the gaps and weaknesses in the Kingfisher oil project’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) certificate of approval that was handed over to CNOOC by NEMA this month.
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Kingfisher oil project ESIA certificate: NEMA must stop endangering our environment with illegal certificates
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The objection is made following publication of a notice by ERA in the New Vision of August 26, 2019. In the notice, ERA invited the public to submit comments on an application by Jacobsen thermal power plant Ltd for renewal of its licence.
AFIEGO avers that Uganda currently produces surplus expensive power which citizens have failed to consume. At $25.8 cents per unit, the thermal power produced in Uganda is also too expensive.
Uganda should therefore not be producing thermal power and Jacobsen’s license should not be renewed.
We call on ERA and government to prioritise investment in offgrid solar, wind and other energy options to diversify the energy mix to enable security of supply.
The excuse that thermal power is needed for security of supply does not hold when investments in clean offgrid options can be made.
Kindly refer to the letter for more.Letter of objection to ERA to stop plans to renew Jacobsens licence 06-09-2019
Through the statement, the CSOs are calling on government not to bow to pressure by the oil companies. The CSOs insist that government must demand that Tullow Oil pays the taxes due to government.
While the CSOs support government to collect tax, they note that government’s violation of environment and other laws, abuse of oil revenues and failure to use oil money to benefit citizens has denied government social capital that it would rely on to demand for tax from oil companies.
It has also perhaps emboldened oil companies to drag government through one expensive tax dispute after another. The CSOs make recommendations for action by government.
Kindly refer to the attached CSO statement and press release for more CSO statement on suspension of EACOP activities 05-09-2019
Through the attached open letter, we highlight challenges that will deter compliance to EITI in Uganda and make recommendations for addressing of these challenges.
Some of the challenges include:
• Lack of a culture that promotes rule of law, respect of institutions and others. Such a culture cannot allow transparency and accountability to thrive.
• Government failure to penalise officers who refuse to implement laws that promote transparency and accountability such as the Constitution, Public Finance Management Act and others.
• A weak parliament and citizenry that cannot hold the executive that abuses oil revenues accountable.
• The existence of laws such as the 1998 Environment Impact Assessment Regulations that undermine transparency and others.
CSO open letter to Minister of Finance to address challenges to EITI