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Lwengo District Leaders Clash Over Oil Pipeline Compensation

The disagreement pits Lwengo district Chairman George Mutabaazi against the Resident District Commissioner Jjuuko Kasiita, specifically over the evaluation process and compensation of Project Affected Persons in the area.
Lwengo LCV Chairperson George Mutabaazi, he is at loggerheads with RDC for protesting unrealistic compansation of Oil Pipeline Project Affected Persons

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A disagreement between Lwengo district leaders is threatening progress in the planned construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, an infrastructure that will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Hoima to Tanga in Tanzania. 

The disagreement pits Lwengo district Chairman George Mutabaazi against the Resident District Commissioner Jjuuko Kasiita, specifically over the evaluation process and compensation of Project Affected Persons in the area.

In Lwengo district, the 1,443 km oil pipeline is planned to run through the Sub-counties of Lwengo, Ndagwe and Lwengo town council before connecting to Kyotera district. However, Mutabaazi and a section of project affected persons are protesting what they described as unrealistic compensation from the project implementers. 

They accuse New Plan Limited, a firm contracted to map out the pipeline route and conduct valuation for the project of undervaluing people’s properties.  Mutabaazi is mobilizing persons who are not satisfied with the valuation to reject the compensation.

//Cue in; “mwe abantu be Ndagwe……  

Cue out….nja mwekolerako.”//   

But RDC Jjuuko Kasiita says the act tantamount to Sabotage. Jjuuko says he is dismayed by the Chairperson’s lethal approach to contradictions which he says is instead misguiding communities into causing unnecessary confusion to the detriment of the much-awaited project.   

//Cue in; “kakati bwobera omukulembeze…

Cue out; ……ekirala ekinaddako.”//   

He instead advised the communities to go through established formal channels to seek redress. 

//Cue in; “njagala okutegeeza abantu….  

Cue out; ……nga ali mu Lwengo.”//   

Joseph Kasajja, one of the project affected persons in Ndagwe parish also accuses the project evaluation team of not being transparent in their process, which raises suspicion of dishonesty. He says they stand with the district chairperson to demand fair compensation for properties that will be displaced by the pipeline.

The other districts that the pipeline will pass through include Hoima, Kakumiro, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Gomba, Sembabule, Kyotera, Rakai and Kikuube all together covering a distance of 296 kilometres. In Tanzania, it will cover a distance of 1, 147 km through 8 regions of Kagera, Geita, Shinyanga, Tabora, Singida, Dodoma, Manyara and Tanga.