Tullow Oil Agrees To Pay Buliisa Residents To Vacate Homes For Oil Well Testing

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Tullow Oil has accepted to pay 300,000 shillings to each residents of Kakindo village in Buliisa district for every night they spend away from their homes during the testing of Kasemena oil wells. Members of 52 homesteads have been asked to relocate from their homes for a distance of three hundred meters. But on Wednesday, the residents said they would only relocate from their homes if the oil exploration firm paid them 300,000 shillings. Today, the company's delegation led by Rose Birungi, the company's Public Relations Officer returned to Kakindo and informed the residents that their demand had been accepted. She said each homestead would be paid 600,000 shillings, the equivalent of two days' compensation, to help them in relocation and the balance will be cleared after the exercise. The exercise, which involves huge explosions and massive lighting, would neither affect domestic animals nor crops, but people are being asked to move for their own safety. It is estimated that the oil well testing exercise will take between for days and two weeks. The two parties are to sign a memorandum of understanding.


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