Lwengo district, which was carved out of Masaka in 2010, has been in the limelight for the peculiar approaches used by the previous leaders in enforcing policies. The outgoing district chairman George Mutabazi is specifically known for flogging residents to meet their social responsibilities and assignments.
Lwengo, Sembabule, Kyotera, and Rakai districts are part of the ten districts through which the proposed pipeline will pass to connect the oil wells in the Albertine region of Uganda towards the refinery at Tanzania’s port of Tanga. At least 1,901 people out of a total of 3,792 persons who will be affected in the route opening, are residents within the four districts of greater Masaka, in which the East pipeline was demarcated to pass.
According to Godfrey Mutemba, the Lwengo District Natural Resources Officer, their departments don’t have a vote within the EACOP budget and are as such, incapable of following up on environment-related concerns that were indicated in the Environment Impact Assessment report.
Abdul Matovu went into hiding today due to pressure from his creditors. The police detectives were planning to arrest him following a pile of complaints from more than 20 people but he sneaked from his home before they arrived.
According to Sarah Nalugooti and her husband John Baptist Musoke, the caretakers of the 2-acre graveyard land, they have lost three people since 2019 but since the compensation is delayed, they have no money to buy another piece of land to relocate the remains of the deceased.
The 1,443 kilometres oil export pipeline will transport crude oil from Uganda’s oil fields in Hoima to Tanga refinery in Tanzania, running through 10 districts in Uganda. However, hundreds of People in the areas earmarked for the pipeline are required to vacate their properties upon compensation to pave way for the construction.
Shifah Kateregga, the Executive Director of Human Rights Defenders Masaka-HURIDEM has faulted the Electoral Commission for not sufficiently fulfilling its mandate. Instead, she says, the Electoral Commission has relinquished its mandate to politicians who are also using the opportunity to amplify their political biases.
Masaka High Court Judge Winfred Nabisinde said that the court received overwhelming evidence indicating that the convict Godfrey Ssenyange strangled his father Joseph Mwai following a misunderstanding on land ownership.
Richard Musisi, the Executive Director MADIPHA, says reports from their group members indicate that many are still finding it hard to access healthcare due to different impairments, something that worsens their vulnerability.