Since 2018, the government has not compensated the project-affected persons yet they stopped using their land. The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) had also promised to start compensation in December 2020 or early January 2021.
by the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project in the Bunyoro sub-region
are protesting delays by the government to compensate them for their land.
The 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.
It 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
According 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.
However, since 2018, the government has not compensated the project-affected
persons yet they stopped using their land.
The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) had also promised to start
compensation in December 2020 or early January 2021.
Joseph Kyamanywa, a project-affected person in Buhirigi village in Bombo sub-county
wonders why the government acquired their land but has failed to compensate them
close to three years now.
“It is not…
Cue out:…as per now.”//
Kyamanywa, another project-affected person says that they could compel them to
block the project if the government fails to expedite the compensation plan.
//cue in;”Hati itwe abantu…
Cue out:…linda e sente.”//
Ntagali, the former Archbishop of the Church of Uganda who is one of the
projects affected persons in Kidoma village in Kizirafumbi sub-county, Kikuube
District explains that people are tired by the delays by the government to
compensate them adding that the community dialogues being conducted by the
government without positive results regarding the compensation have always frustrated
Chiche, the Hoima LCV Vice-Chairperson says the delays caused by the government
to compensate the EACOP PAPs have greatly disappointed them as leaders yet they
convinced the residents to sign agreements with the government to use their
//cue in;” Compensation mu biragiro…
Cue out:…Ebintu ebyo bina.”//
Banura, the Kikuube LCV Chairperson explains that delays have negatively
impacted the PAPs’ livelihoods.