By Busiinge George
The Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has asked government for fair compensation of his subjects affected by oil related projects. The comes at a time when government has offered Nine productionlicenses aiming to move more quickly toward crude production of the existing 1.6 billion barrels of commercial oil deposits in the Albertine Graben by 2020.
The energy and mineral development sector where oil and gas belongs has been allocated Shs 2.3 trillion this financial year to first tract all the planned activities including road projects, Kabaale air-port, oil refinery among others.
Speaking at his 23rd coronation anniversary yesterday at Karuziika, his majesty said government should ensure that his subjects affected the oil related projects are promptly, fairly and adequately compensated so that they do not become squatters.
Although government has tried to compensate the affected persons, but majority continue to curse over untimely and unfair compensation.
Such cries have been observed on the proposed Kabaale oil refinery project affected persons, Hoima-Kaiso Tonya road project and many other projects. The complainants say that the compensation rates offered have been inadequate, unrealistic and inconsistent with theLand Act.
Innocent Tumwebaze, the chairman of the Oil Refinery Affected Residents Association recently said a group of the refinery affected persons sued government over similar claims. Uganda wants to build a $2.5 billion refinery to process its crude so it can earn more from its oil resources, which it discovered in 2006 and efforts to secure a private developer of the facility are underway.