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Medi Kaggwa, the Chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission, says they have been monitoring the indigenous communities in mining areas to ensure that they benefit from the affirmative action.
the National dialogue on rights of indigenous population at Imperial Royale Hotel

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Indigenous communities in mining areas are not the main beneficiaries of the affirmative action introduced by government and private firms, the Equal Opportunity Commission has revealed.

 

 

Zaminah Malole, a member of the Commission disclosed this at the National dialogue on the rights of indigenous communities and extractive industries at Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala in Kampala on Tuesday.

 

 

She explained that the Commission had investigated and found that the affirmative actions, which are both social and economic, are benefiting politicians, businessmen and people from neighboring communities. 

The affirmative action is meant to favor vulnerable people who have left out of the extractive industry due to lack of education and representation. For example recently government offered 600 scholarships for the indigenous communities to study oil and gas related courses so as to benefit from the jobs in the oil and gas sector.

Successful applicants with study at Uganda Technical College, Kicwamba and Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK) to acquire skills to enable them compete in the oil and gas sector.

 

In May 2018, Tullow Oil offered 20 scholarships to Ugandan students, 6 of which were reserved for Bunyoro region. Malole says it is important for the Equal Opportunity commission and Uganda Human Rights Commission to monitor the affirmative action to ensure that the indigenous communities are the real beneficiaries.

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Medi Kaggwa, the Chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission, says they have been monitoring the indigenous communities in mining areas to ensure that they benefit from the affirmative action.

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In 2015, government established Ik County in Kabong district to increase the representation of Ik in parliament. The Ik have been victims of both the extractive industry and the Karamajong people.

Kabong District is rich with gold, marble and lime stones deposits. However, Simon Lomwe, an activist for the rights of indigenous communities in Karamoja sub region, says the constituency was more of a political move than an affirmative action for the Ik community.

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