Voters Criticize MPs for Neglecting Oil Debate

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Members of Parliament from Bunyoro have been accused of being less active in the ongoing debate on oil agreements.

Members of Parliament from Bunyoro have been accused of being less active in the ongoing debate on oil agreements. Residents say instead of playing leading roles in the oil debate, parliamentarians from Bunyoro where the oil resource is found are being led by MPs from other parts of the country.
 
 
Amlan Tumusiime, spokesperson Bunyoro Local Oil Advocacy Group says in addition to the secretive oil agreements, there are other issues that need to be discussed on oil which parliamentarians from Bunyoro should table. He wants members of parliament to use this opportunity to push for the amendment of the mining act so that the Kingdom can also be considered in the sharing the royalties from oil.

 
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James Mugenyi Mulindambura, chairperson Hoima district production committee wonders why MPs from Bunyoro are failing to debate on oil yet there are many community concerns that remain unanswered. Mulindambura points out the lack of an environmental fund to build local capacity to mitigate oil related environmental effects especially for the communities neighboring the oil wells.


He implores voters to be when casting their votes for some MPs in the next elections. 60-year old Ramadan Kaahwa, a retired teacher and resident of Bujumbura Division in Hoima municipality describes the oil debate as a turning point which has helped the community know much about transactions in the oil sector.


On ministers implicated in swindling oil money, Kaahwa wants them sacked if Ugandans are to benefit from the oil resource. In Hoima all eyes were today glued to television screens as residents followed every step of the live parliamentary oil debate. Earnest Kiiza, Chairperson Bunyoro Parliamentary caucus declined to comment on the matter saying he was in a meeting.