By George Busiinge
Cultural institutions of Bunyoro, Alur and Acholi have launched policy guidelines aimed at protecting cultural rights of communities in the Oil-Rich Albertine Graben. The guidelines launched on Thursday at Hoima Resort Hotel spells out what the cultural institutions want the oil companies to adhere to in their work as they operate in the Albertine Graben.
In the guidelines the Kingdoms among others demand oil companies to adhere to cultural rights, respect of cultural, historical and sacred natural sites, respect cultural norms, values and practices of the people, safeguard land, environment and natural resources among others.
The guidelines were signed by Prime Ministers of the three institutions; Cultural leaders issue Oil and Gus guideline meant to protect cultural rights Lukumu says there is need for government and others players in the oil and gas sector to unveil relevant information to cultural institutions so that they prepare their subjects to engage to productive activities to benefit from the oil sector.
Ola for Acholi kingdom said the guidelines details how kingdoms will relate with oil in the region, adding that the kingdoms should not lose cultural identity at the hands of oil.
Clovis Bright Irumba, a Geochemist at the Ministry of energy said that government has put up laws such as public finance management acts 2015 which stipulates how to manage, share oil loyalties and environmental protection.
However he commended the culture instruction for coming up with guidelines saying they can complement an effective administration of the oil and gas industry.