Rwamutonga Land Victims Given Free Medical Care

By George Busiinge Global Rights Alert in partnership with Bethesda Medical center at a three day free medical camp in Bugambe sub-county, Hoima district, offered free health care services to individuals who were evicted from their Rwamutonga land. Hundreds of beneficiaries mostly children and women turned up. The health camp conducted by over 30 Korean and Ugandan doctors started last on Monday, last week, in Bugambe and Kyangwali sub counties where hundreds of residents were diagnosed and treated. Ailments like Malaria, skin diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, ulcers and family planning services were attended too. More than 300 people from at least 250 families were evicted from their land in Rwamutonga in August 2014 to pave way for the development of oil and gas processing facility. They now live in a camp. The camp chairperson Alex Atumu commended the organizations for the medical care services saying many children and adults…

Total Moots Land Acquisition For Oil Infrastructure Development

By George Busiinge Total E&P, a company licensed to carry out oil exploration and production activities in Uganda has revealed intentions to start land acquisition and a resettlement process in the coming month of March. The acquisition of this land will pave way for the construction of permanent access roads, the Hoima-Tanga pipeline, a Central Processing Facility, well pads and settlement camps.Addressing Buliisa district stakeholders at the district offices last week, a representative from Total E&P Moses Abigaba, revealed that in the event of ensuring these developments, all stakeholders in the district will participate. Abigaba also noted that where the footprints of the projects will be small and without impact on residential structures, physical displacements of people will most likely be avoided. However, Abigaba also confirmed that where bigger impacts are realized, resettlements of displaced people will be ensured within their communities or neighborhoods. He said Total E&P is committed…

Parents In Bunyoro Advised To Educate Children

Bugahya Member of Parliament Pius Wakabi Rujumba has called upon parents in Bunyoro region to invest in children education so that they can part of the oil and gas revolution ongoing in the Albertine grabben. Rujumba said this at Buraru Church of Uganda, Kyabigambire sub-county in Hoima district during his the thanksgiving of new appointed Bishop Samuel Kahuma for his appointment as new bishop Bunyoro Kitara Diocese. Rujumba also asked parents to always pack lunch for their children if academic standards are to improve in the county. He added that some parents don’t pacpk food for their children which makes them escape from the classrooms. He said “Bunyoro region has a lot of food I don’t see why parents cannot pack food for their children. Bunyoro Kitara Diocese Bishop Rev. Samuel Kahuma called upon Christians to support their leaders at all levels if they are to be effective. Bishop Kahuma…

Youth Told To Be Creative If They Are To Benefit From Oil

By George Busiinge The Hoima Resident District Commissioner, Isaac Kawooya, has advised youths in Hoima and the greater Bunyoro kingdom to be creative, adventurous and not limit themselves by sticking to only professions they studied in school. Kawooya urged youths not to be job-seekers but job creators by acquiring unique skills. He said that this will give them an edge in the emerging but competitive oil and gas industry. Uganda discovered commercially viable oil and gas in mostly Bunyoro in 2006. Government is fast-tracking the eventual production of the natural resource with commencement of commercial production expected to tee off in 2020. This process presents numerous opportunities to the people of Bunyoro who must meet certain skills and standards. Kawooya notes that it is a good idea for youths to diversify in other fields of expertise and not to limit themselves to what they studied in school. He added that…

Hoima Teachers Abandon Class Work For Boda Boda Business

By George Busiinge Hoima district Education officials have expressed concern over the rate at which primary school teachers are abandoning their teaching jobs in favor of boda boda business saying it is partly responsible for poor academic performance in the district. James Mugenyi Murindambura the district secretary for health and education notes that about 10 primary school teachers have joined what they consider as a more lucrative business in the district since their income as teachers is not enough to sustain their families. He says many teachers offer services amid challenges like meagre and delayed payment of salaries, coupled with poor working condition, so they end up leaving the profession for other relatively well -paying jobs like riding motorcycles. Murindambura explains that the education department is to compile a list of teachers posted in government aided schools who have abandoned their profession. In the just released 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations,…

Work As A Team, Minister Tells Bunyoro

By George Busiinge The State minister of public service David Karubanga has called upon Bunyoro leaders to work as a team so that Bunyoro residents can benefit from oil and gas in their region. Karubanga together with fellow leaders and politicians vowed to cooperate so that Uganda’s oil doesn’t turn into a curse as some residents say. He added that team work will encourage accountability and transparency in implementing oil and gas government programs in the region. “Team work will help us work together as politicians, work with local government in identifying priority areas when planning for proper service delivery in education, health and community development in our Albertine grabben,” Karubanga revealed this during a thanks giving ceremony at Kigorobya Primary School in Kigorobya last week. Other leaders who attended the thanks giving include Hoima district women Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Tophace Byagira and Hon. Twinamatsiko Onesmus Bugangaizi East…

Hoima District Engineer In Trouble Over Shoddy Road Works

By George Busiinge Hoima district engineer, Julius Ssentamu, is in trouble over shoddy road works that he produced during rehabilitation of different roads and bridges within the district. Some of the affected roads include Waaki bridge in Kisabagwa parish in Kyabigambire sub-county, Munteme,Butimba road and Kajooga- Munteme road in Kiziranfumbi sub-county in Hoima district. Trouble for Ssentamu started when residents and local leaders in different areas of Hoima district raised an alarm over what they termed as substandard work that was done on these infrastructures. While talking at a community meeting recently residents of Kisabagwa claimed that one of the bridges is impassable four months after it was completed by the contractor. They said that the bridge broke down three years ago hence cutting off connection from the area to Hoima Municipality. The breakdown of the bridge cut off access to social services such as health and markets. Alex Mwesigwa,…

Petroleum Authority Gets New Directors

The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) has appointed Directors to support the implementation of its mandate of monitoring and regulating the exploration, development and production of petroleum together with the development and operation of pipelines and the refinery in Uganda. Five (5) Directors have been appointed to head five of the six directorates in the structure of the Authority. The newly appointed Directors are: Mr. Dozith Abeinomugisha; Director for Exploration; Mr. Alex Nyombi; Director for Development and Production; Mr. Michael Otonga Ochan; Director for Finance and Administration; Mr. Ali Ssekatawa; Director for Legal and Corporate Affairs; and, Ms. Peninah Aheebwa; Director for Technical Support Services. Mr. Dozith Abeinomugisha, Ms. Peninah Aheebwa and Mr. Alex Nyombi have been Assistant Commissioner (Refining), Principal Petroleum Officer (Planning) and Licence Manager for the Kingfisher Development Area in the Directorate of Petroleum in Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development respectively. Mr. Michael Otonga Ochan and…

Tanzania Not Happy With Snail Speed Uganda

The Tanzanian minister for energy Sospeter Muhongo expressed his displeasure at the speed which Uganda is fast-tracking the implementation of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline. ‘We have taken a few steps towards implementation of the project but I am not happy with the speed in Uganda. This (FEED study) was supposed to be done in November last year. Let me hope the contractor will speed up work.” He said. Muhongo was speaking recently at the launch of the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) in Kampala. The study for the 1445km crude export pipeline, which will be electronically heated all the way from Hoima in western Uganda to Tanga port in Tanzania, will take 8 months to complete. Muhongo said Tanzania has vast knowledge and experience working with pipelines having undertaken and successfully executed such project for their gas sector. “In Tanzania,…

Police Begs CNOOC To Sponsor Them With Accommodation Facilities

By George Busiinge Hoima district police commander Bernard Akankwasa has asked oil and gas exploration company CNOOC to sponsor them with accommodation facilities. Akankwasa was recently speaking at an event where the oil company was handing over the Ikamiiro Police Beat to the Uganda Police Force, Hoima District. “We appreciate you for the work you are doing in the Albertine Grabben and Bunyoro kingdom at large most especially thinking about the security issue. Please don’t get tired, at least help us and provide accommodation for police officers who are going to be at Ikamiro police beat.” Akankwasa begged. It is a well-documented fact that Uganda police is not well facilitated and officers reside in appalling makeshift housing facilities. The situation is even worse in upcountry districts like Hoima and Buliisa. Despite having billions of barrels of crude oil, Hoima district and Bulissa local governments are still struggling financially. Akankwasa who …
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