At least 29 houses with land titles, were handed over to the Project Affected Persons-PAPs at Uduk II Village Ngwedu sub-county, Buliisa district on Monday, as part of the Tilenga Resettlement Action Plan Implementation. One house is yet to be fully completed.
Families affected by the construction of the Tilenga Central
Processing Facility in Buliisa district has finally received houses as part of their relocation package, thanks to Total E&P.
Up to 623 persons in Kasenyi village were affected when the government acquired 320-hectares of land in Kasenyi village
in Ngwedu sub-county to pave way for the construction of the Tilenga central
processing facility. The facility will be used to process crude oil produced from Buliisa and Nwoya districts to extract water, gas and
other impurities, before being piped to the refinery in Kabaale, Hoima
But 30 of the Project Affected Persons opted for resettlement under the Tilenga
Resettlement Action Plan, while others opted for cash. At least 29 houses with land titles, were handed over to
the Project Affected Persons-PAPs at Uduk II Village Ngwedu sub-county,
Buliisa district on Monday, as part of the Tilenga Resettlement Action Plan
Implementation. One house is yet to be fully completed.
The resettlement housing project which cost over USD 1 million is
located on Resettlement plots selected by the respective primary residents
whose land was identified for the construction of the Tilenga Central
Processing Facility and its associated infrastructure.
The implementation of the Resettlement housing project and
a subsequent relocation of the primary residents follows the approval of the
Tilenga Resettlement Action Plan report by the government of Uganda on
December 5, 2017.
The approval paved way for the launch of various compensation and
livelihood restoration activities for the Project Affected Persons as well as
call for tenders and construction of the resettlement houses which commenced in
The handover of the houses to the Project Affected Persons brings
an end to a standoff between the government and the households that have been
pushing the government to fulfil its promise as per the resettlement action plan.
Pierre Jessua, the General Manager Total E&P Uganda says the housing project is an important symbol of the commitment to undertake the Tilenga development project while observing the utmost human rights
standards. He says Total E&P is taking all the necessary initiatives to
ensure that they adequately restore and improve the living standards of the
Project affected persons.
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Jessua explains that programmes such as Agriculture support services,
vocational training, capacity building and financial literacy have been
identified to enable the beneficiaries to restore and improve their livelihoods.
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Simon Agaba Kinene, the Buliisa LCV Chairperson applauded Total
E&P Uganda for availing the Project affected persons with land Titles saying
the Titles will act as Guarantee to protect the houses and land allocated to
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Longino Bahebwa, the Resident District Commissioner-RDC Buliisa says the construction of the houses has greatly
changed the livelihoods of the project affected persons who initially settled
in semi-permanent houses.
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Juma Isingoma one of the beneficiaries thanked the government for
fulfilling its pledges to them.
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Annet Abigaba, another beneficiary says she is happy with the
construction of the new houses but demanded that the government constructs for them bigger houses instead of the three-roomed house which is not spacious enough to accommodate her family.
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Cosmas Nfundize, another Project Affected Persons says
that although he is happy now that he has received a new and permanent house, there is
no privacy since they are sharing the house with his children.
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Linda Nabirye, the External Communications Coordinator of Total E&P
says the houses were constructed in accordance with what the Project Affected Persons had in their former places of residence.