Tensions caused by lack of jobs given to local people in the albertine graben region risk derailing on going development of oil fields in Bunyoro Kingdom. However kingdom officials and affected international oil and gas firms offering services are working out a plan to solve the impasse.
In response, kingdom officials are calling aggrieved people to be tolerant and create a proper working relationship with the oil companies in the region. Recently, reports have been indicating that indigenous citizens block and stone vehicles transporting employees of oil related companies.
Last week, a group of people along Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya road allegedly stoned buses carrying employees of SBI, a company contracted to construct Hoima airport in Kabaale, Buseruka sub-county.
Hajji Bruhan Kyakuhaire, the special assistant in-charge of culture and protocol to the Kingdom premier says such acts are condemned and uncalled for. He said if the public has any concern, it should be handled amicably.
A source has told Earthfinds that the attack was meant to express the group’s displeasure to government over failure to consider them for jobs in such projects.
A joint meeting by Bunyoro Kingdom, Hoima district local government and the contractor recently resolved that a 30 percent local content in terms of supplies and jobs be given to local citizens.
They elected Hoima district chairman Kadir Kirungi to oversee its implementation. Efforts to get a comment from SBC officials was futile by the time of filling this story.
Hoima International Airport is one of the key projects being undertaken by government in preparation for oil production in the Albertine region.