By George Busiinge
The Hoima district chairperson Kirungi Kadiri has blasted the Ministry of Energy and Mineral development over failure to involve the local governments in Oil and Gus activities.
Kadir Kirungi explains that the ministry works in isolation and hardly gives relevant information regarding to project to local leadership. He noted that reentry, the Ministry started construction of a school in Kyakaboga without consulting the district and they ended up putting up a structure without an approved plan by the district.
He explained that after discovering this, the district decided to halt the construction adding such mess is as result of excluding the district leadership. Kirungi challenged the Ministry official to change their ways of work and embrace participatory approach of planning if the oil and gas sector is to benefit the community.
He was optimistic that the oil and gas industry my turn into a curse instead of blessing due to lack of transparency and oppression of the affected people especially from the high level departments.
This was at Hoima resort hotel at the launch cultural of a policy guideline aimed at protecting socio-cultural and economic rights of communities in the Oil-rich Albertine Graben by cultural leaders.