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Fun-packed City Festival Underway in Kampala

Last week a report by Global Witness based on leaked Ugandan oil contracts indicated that Government had got a better financial deal for the country’s oil but failed to put in place crucial environmental and human rights safeguards.

The report is based on analysis of two ‘Production Sharing Agreements’ (PSAs) signed by the Ugandan Government and Tullow Oil in February 2012.

The contracts also govern Total and the China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), recipe capsule http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/taxonomy-product_cat.php who are in partnership with Tullow.

While Government has secured more money and better financial terms from the companies, order http://demo.des.net.id/sejahteraabadi/wp-includes/formatting.php it has kept the contracts hidden from citizens and failed to include robust measures to protect them or their environment, ask according to Global Witness.

This report therefore gives an embarrassing peep into government’s unpreparedness to handle issues of safeguarding the environment and human rights amidst oil development. Already, there’s been concern about environment hazards, amid fears that the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) lacks the capacity to police handling of oil waste by the oil companies.

Also, rights of land owners are being violated as evidenced by the refinery affected people who continue to suffer following an ambiguous and unjust compensation process.

Local communities in the oil region are worried about how much government is willing to protect their livelihoods and environment from an industry that has been known to cause severe environmental and social damage.

As hosts and the bearers of the oil burden they lack capacity to fully participate, monitor and express their demands to oil companies to ensure that their rights are protected and their environment maintains its integrity amidst oil.

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Even local government in the area has expressed that it lacks the necessary knowledge and skills in monitoring environmental compliance.

Civil society organizations therefore have important role in promoting sound management of oil and gas resources and mitigating negative socio-economic and environmental impacts.

In this regard, Africa institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) a local NGO has been training youth Observers in the oil region in videography and photography skills as a way of building their capacity to effectively monitor and document human rights violations and environmental destructions amidst oil development.

This way they are able to hold key players like oil companies accountable with hard evidence and claim their right to redress. Remember the Albertine Graben where most of the oil is found is one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the world and also Africa’s richest biodiversity hotspot thus a very ecosensitive area that needs to be protected during oil development.

Therefore, just as it states in the Global witness report ,Government should open up the sector to far greater scrutiny, and put in place much stronger provisions to protect people and the environment before considering whether or not to open up further areas for oil exploration.

Diana Taremwa

dtaremwa@afiego.org

Africa Institute for Energy Governance
The much-anticipated Kampala City Festival 2014 has kicked off Sunday with thousands of city dwellers thronging the streets to celebrate yet another fun-filled event.

The festival is thought to be East Africa’s biggest street party in recent years.

At the fun-packed function, ed http://cgt06.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-posts-v1-1-endpoint.php Chimp Corp Kenneth Kazibwe spotted partiers dressed in sensational outfits and dancing to heart-pounding music and enjoying delicacies.

Officials say the Kampala City Festival has become a household name and part of the country’s national calendar during independence celebrations.

KCCA boss, http://cvts.ng/components/com_k2/templates/default/item.php Jennifer Musisi says the festival has been evolving over the years from a small City event in 2011 to a much bigger regional activity. This year’s festival has drawn a lot of regional as well as international participation.

The route is longer – stretching from Buganda road to Kampala road with over six stages for different performances.

The Festival consists of a programme of over 50 events and activities that cross the worlds of business, fashion, art and culture, entertainment, technology, industry, contemporary, pop and other creative displays.

A man riding a horse on the streets of Kampala
A man riding a horse on the streets of Kampala

Security remains tight at the event.

Musisi says this year’s festival has drawn a lot of regional as well as international participation.

“It is a moment for citizens to share and learn while acting as an economic engine for organizations to grow, network and prosper,” Musisi explains.

Top musicians including Wilson Bugembe, Eddy Kenzo, Irene Ntale, Cinderella Sanyu, Sanyu Cinderella, Ronald Mayinja, Messach Ssemakula, Judith Babirye and Watoto Children’s Choir among others have been lined up to thrill the crowds.

Others are Joseph Mayanja (Chameleon), Irene Namubiru, Fillle, Radio & Weasel, Peter Miles, Mun G, Coco finger, Gravity &young, Karungi Sheeba and Rema.

Photo Credit: Charles Masereka

Are you at the Kampala Festival? Send us your photos and views on the event at @info@chimpreports.com 

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