Residents Angered By World Bank Road Project Delays

By George Busiinge Residents in Hoima Municipality have expressed dismay with Plinth Technical Works Limited for delaying to complete Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID road project in the area. Plinth Technical Works Limited is the Company that was contracted by government to implement the project in Municipalities of Hoima, Mbale, Tororo Fort Portal and Soroti among others. The company is implementing World Bank funded project focusing at expansion and improving the potholed roads in Hoima town, street lighting and beautification of the town. The project started in Hoima Municipality in February 2015 after the government wired Ushs10.34bn on the Municipal account. The contractor was working under a one year contract to upgrade and expand seven roads that include Kabalega road, Government road, Coronation road, Old Toro road, Percy road, Main Street and Rukurato into to tarmac. The initial contract expired in February 2016 however when the contractor failed to…

East African Crude Oil Pipeline FEED Study Launched, To Cost $11.5m

Officials from Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development together with their counterparts from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals in Tanzania launched the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) in Kampala on Monday morning. At 1445km, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline will be world’s electronically heated crude export pipeline. The launch took place at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. It was witnessed by officials from oil companies Total, Tullow and CNOOC and the contractor Gulf Integrated Engineering. French oil company Total will be the project lead however it will work alongside Tullow and CNOOC with whom they make the threesome joint venture partnership. Uganda’s energy minister Irene Muloni said the study which commences now will take eight months to complete and will cost a whooping $11.5m. The study will look at a number of issues from an engineering perspective…

High HIV Prevalence Worries Oil Rich Bunyoro Kingdom

By George Busiinge The Principle Private Secretary to Omukama of Bunyoro Jonani Atuhuura has urged the public to take HIV tests before marriage. The cultural official said the medical tests should be a compulsory practice for couples intending to join a matrimonial union. Bunyoro kingdom garnered public interest after government of Uganda and international oil companies discovered oil in Hoima and Buliisa districts in 2006. However health challenges like HIV and AIDS are threatening the population. If these challenges are not addressed, local leaders like Atuhuura, say many people will miss out on oil money because they will die. He explained that many HIV infections are common in married couples and failure to test before marriage is one of the causes of new infections which lead to death. Atuhura says the Omukama of Bunyoro Rukirabasaija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I is concerned by increasing HIV infections in his kingdom. The…

Oil City: Hoima Sets Out 2017 Agenda

By George Busiinge Residents in Hoima municipality will in 2017 get access to piped water, electricity, improved roads, better environmental protection and widespread garbage collection. The ambitious targets were revealed by the municipality mayor Mary Grace Mugasa as New Year priorities so that investors, especially those targeting oil and gas investments, can enjoy the municipality. Numerous investors in different sectors have been targeting Hoima district ever since commercially viable oil and gas were discovered in greater albertine region. The albertine graben covers Hoima district and municipality and a large postion of Bunyoro kinfgdom. In her New Year massage, Mugasa observed that they are working with the relevant ministries to ensure that more people get access to clean piped water because as a municipality in the oil rich region they are going to have many people who will need clean piped water. She said they are working on a bigger piped…

Preparing For Oil Money: Hoima Residents Told To Acquire Land Titles

By George Busiinge Residents of Hoima municipality have been urged to acquire land titles for their land as Bunyoro Kingdoms biggest and fast rising town prepares to cash in on oil money. The advice was uttered by the municipality mayor Grace Mary Mugasa during a press conference on the state of Hoima municipality recently. “This is the time for you to have land titles to prepare for your future as far as the exploration of oil and gas in the region is concerned. When you possesses a land title, investors will give you a lot of money to rent your land in case they have projects they want to put up on your land but when you don’t have a land title they will give you little money compared to that one with land title.” the mayor said advising. The mayor said that so many people in the municipality don’t…

Hoima Welcomes Land Sector Commission Of Inquiry

By George Busiinge President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on December 8, 2016, constituted a commission of inquiry into effectiveness of the legal framework relating to land policies, processes of land acquisition, administration, management and registration. The commission which will be chaired by the Court of Appeal Justice Catherine Bamugemereire is expected to commence its activities in January 2017. This move to check the effectiveness of land transactions, use and administration has been welcomed by Hoima local authorities. Kadir Kirungi, the Hoima district chairman, has requested that the commission of inquiry committee should also visit Hoima district during their operations to screen land titles. He revealed that there are many people with forged land titles in the oil and gas rich district. Kadir condemns what he describes as rampant land grabbing and forgery of land titles which has seen the poor lose their property to fraudsters at a stroke of a pen…

Contractor’s Vehicle Attached Over Debts

A truck owned by Builder Base Constructors Ltd, a company that was contracted to renovate Buseruka Primary School in Buseruka Sub County, Hoima district has been attached after the company owners failed pay workers. Patrick Ssebatya and Marian Nakito the proprietors of Builder Base Constructors were awarded a contract to renovate Buseruka Primary school but later sub-contracted Byonta construction company LTD based in Hoima at Ush10m. The trouble started after Byota completed the contract and Ssebatya and Nakito stubbornly refused pay them. Ramathan Elias the director of Byonta Construction Company said the two paid them only Ush4m out of Ush10m. To date they have failed to pay the remaining balance of Ush6.5m. Ramathan notes that according to the contract agreement, he was to be paid his balance in April 2016, but to date he has never received any coin. He noted that after failing to get payment for his money,…

Bunyoro Kingdom Petition Ministry Of Lands To Cancel Land Tittles

By George Busiinge Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom parliament (Orukurato) has resolved to petition the ministry of lands to cancel all land tittles issued out in Ihungu kingdom land in Masindi district. This follows a dispute on the land between three parties that include; the family of Oscar Baitwa and a group of vendors as well as another yet to be identified party. During the kingdom parliament meeting presided over by the Kingdom speaker (Omutalindwa) Mr Jos Wamara, the area kingdom chiefs called for the kingdom intervention claiming some groups have already acquired a land title. Omutalindwa ruled that a council minute be written and extracted to be presented to the security committee which they will later submit to the ministry of lands seeking the cancellation of the title. The kingdom resolved that all the three parties should be allowed to use the land as opposed to one group titling the land.…

Cultivate Land To Benefit From Oil, Buliisa Resident Advised

By George Busiinge The Resident District Commission (RDC) Buliisa district, Peter Bisoborwa, has asked Buliisa residents to utilize the little land they have in Bugungu to grow food crops as a way of promoting food security instead of sitting down waiting for oil and gas money. Buliisa and the entire Bunyoro region was cast into national limelight after billions of barrels of commercially viable crude oil was discovered in the area by international oil and gas exploration company in 2006. Bisoborwa says that some residents have not utilized their land saying it is not enough for food production. He says that this habit is especially among youths in Bulisa who are ever in the trading centres waiting for the oil money. He added that food insecurity will increase as long as no appropriate attention is focused on land in Buliisa district due resident’s excuse of saying that they have little…

New Energy Ministry PS Calls For Holistic Natural Resources Development

The new permanent secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Dr Steven has appealed to Ugandans to desist from focusing on only the negative side of the Energy Sector in Uganda but instead begin engaging on the positive side of what their country can do. This appeal was made during a Conference that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development had organized for Editors of Various Media Houses in Uganda to update them about the developments in the Oil and Gas Sector at Hotel Africana. “The current Government faces a big problem. A lot of work has been done, but much of it has not been reported about. The Media likes looking at the bad side of the story only and neglects the positive side. We need t o begin exposing our Country in a good way, and we should not focus on Oil alone, but all…
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