Johnbosco Habumugisha, the deputy managing director of EACOP told Uganda Radio Network that there are delays in the compensation processes due to lack of National Identification Cards by some of the poject affected persons yet the ID is a pre-requisite for the PAPs to be compensated.
At least 41 percent of the Project affected persons-PAPs under the East African Crude Oil
pipeline-EACOP project have been fully compensated in Uganda. There are 3,648 project
affected persons-PAPs under the EACOP project in Uganda.
1,443km crude oil export pipeline will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Hoima
in Uganda to the Chongoleani peninsula near Tanga port in Tanzania.
is envisaged to be the longest electrically heated pipeline in the world and
will cross through 10 districts in Uganda, a distance of 296 kilometers and 25
districts in Tanzania, covering eight regions and 25 districts.
The government rolled out the program of
acquiring land for the project in August 2018.
to the agreed plan, the pipeline route will begin from Hoima through Kikuube,
Kakumiro, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Gomba, Sembabule, Lwengo, Kyotera, and Rakai and
cross the Tanzania border between Masaka and Bukoba, and traverse Tanzania
through Kahama, Singida, Kondoa, into Tanga.
governments of Uganda and Tanzania signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement
(IGA)for the EACOP Project on 26 May 2017.
Habumugisha, the deputy managing director of the East African crude oil
pipeline-EACOP in an exclusive interview with Uganda Radio network explains that so far
41percent of the project affected persons in the country have fully been compensated
to pave way for the construction works adding that in the next three months
they will be able to compensate up to 90 percent.
He however cannot specify the amount of money government has so far spent on the compensation of the project affected persons.
in;”in terms of…//
out:…first track mode,”//
says there are delays in the compensation processes due to a number of factors
citing absence of National Identification Cards for some of the project affected
persons yet the National ID is a pre-requisite for the PAPs to
other factor he says is affecting the compensation process is the struggle to get
letters of administration for some of the land owners who died before the compensation process started.
adds that some PAPs who opted for resettlement have changed their minds and are
now opting for cash compensation saying all these factors among others are frustrating their
efforts to have the project affected persons compensated in time.
in;”you know the…//
out:…what we do.”//
to Habumugisha, in the first and second phases of the resettlement action
plan of the EACOP project, they intend to construct more than 90 houses for the
project affected persons who opted to be resettled and in the last phase they intend to construct 50 more houses for the PAPs.
in;We are building…//
out:…can actually complete,”//
having successfully compensated the 41 percent of the project affected persons,
many others are still protesting delays by the government to compensate them for
Atagwireho, a resident of Buliisa, says for the past three years since
government acquired his one-acre piece of land for the EACOP project, he
stopped using the land yet he has not yet compensated to date.
in;”This thing of…//
out:…delaying too much.”//
Kyamanywa, also a project affected person in Buhirigi village in Bombo sub-county in Hoima district calls on the leaders and the government to get interested
in the EACOP compensation processes and save residents from over exploitation
by the project implementers since they have taken long without being compensated for their land.
in;”Nyowe ekintu kya…//
out:…nabo nibu genda,”//
November last year, people affected by the East African Crude Oil Pipeline EACOP project in the Bunyoro sub-region protested the delays by the
government to compensate them for their land.
to the residents then, government acquired their land in 2018 to implement the EACOP
project, but the it hasn't
compensated them yet they stopped using the land.