The district has partnered with Maendeleo ya Jamii, a not-for-profit organization incorporated in Uganda and the United States of America, to advocate for its involvement and participation in key oil projects.
Mpigi district has started positioning itself at the centre of major oil and gas projects. The district has partnered with Maendeleo ya Jamii, a not-for-profit organization incorporated in Uganda and the United States of America, to advocate for its involvement and participation in key oil projects.
The district will host the Kampala Oil Terminal proposed to be constructed at Namwambula village in Kiringente Sub County.
Maendeleo ya Jamii has been working in over seven districts within Uganda's Albertine Graben since 2012. Information obtained from their website shows that the organisation assesses interactions between communities, companies, local governments and central government with a focus on understanding the barriers and benefits associated with oil and gas activities.
The engagement comes at the helm of contentions between sections of district councilors accusing the District Executive Committee of siding with technocrats to keep councilors ignorant of all ongoing activities. The councilors, led by Godfrey Nalima, the representative of Kituntu Sub County, say that the leadership has been tight-lipped on their involvement in key activities, including the upcoming oil terminal and pipeline projects.
Mpigi District Chief Administrative Officer-CAO, Lucy Frances Amulen highlights that the government has procured 299.9 acres of land to establish a multi-purpose oil terminal at Namwambula. She, however, adds that district authorities do not have many details about the project but have partnered with an organization to advocate for their involvement and participation.
"Mpigi has partnered with Maendeleo ya Jamii to advocate for its involvement and participation of the local leadership. If more information is obtained it will be shared with all leaders," the CAO says.
Mpigi District Chairperson Peter Claver Mutuluuza says that the organisation is needed to be an intermediary between experts and the local leaders whose knowledge of the oil and gas sector is limited.
Mutuluuza says beside the local government, locals in Mpigi would want to place themselves in a position where they can benefit from the nascent oil and gas sector.
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Mutuluuza points out that the district will use the partnership to identify the likely impacts of the proposed oil projects more so on the environment among others issues.