Winfred Ngabiirwe

Oil-rich Hoima struggles to solve the land question photo of Rwamutonga camp

 

Written by Edward Ssekika

“I used to hear of IDPs [internally displaced person’s camps] in northern Uganda during the Kony war. I never imagined the day I would also end up in a camp,” Grace Atuhura narrates.

For nearly a year, Atuhura together with four children have lived in an IDP camp in Rwamutonga, Bugambe sub-county, Hoima district. Her story is a tale of misery brought about by oil and gas discovery in her area — Hoima district.

Oil money spoils Hoima husbands

 

Written by JOHN KIBEGO

The Observer

A week ago, at the entrance to Kolping hotel in Hoima municipality, two despondent-looking women, with children on their backs, pitched camp waiting to be let into a women emancipation workshop organized by Global Rights Alert.

Once inside the conference, the two narrated heart-rending stories about how their husbands excluded them from sharing the spoils of the compensation by oil companies that have displaced people in western Uganda to secure land for the construction of a refinery.

Families displaced by oil refinery project reject govt compensation

Hoima.

More than 90 families who opted to be resettled from 29-square kilometre land earmarked for the oil refinery in Hoima District, have rejected government’s offer and petitioned President Museveni for intervention.

The chairman of the Refinery Affected Persons Relocation Committee, Mr Richard Orebi, on Thursday told Saturday Monitor that the families have twice inspected the land the government purchased for them and it is not suitable for settlement.