Who We Are

Civic Response on Environment and Development (CRED) is a non-partisan, not for profit, public interest oriented policy research and advocacy organization registered under the laws of Uganda and based in Kampala-Uganda. We seek to make public policies relevant to the local communities. CRED addresses the disconnect between policy documents and national level interventions with the reality in communities. To achieve this, CRED implements a range of activities with the view of empowering and facilitating the local people to demand for reforms rule of law. CRED works with government agencies, partner NGOs, donor community, faith-based institutions, cultural institutions, community-based organizations among other stakeholders to build a strong research-based grass-roots movement that advocates for change.

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ABOUT US

Vision

An empowered community that promotes equitable utilization and sustainable governance of natural resources for poverty alleviation and social transformation.

Mission:

To implement research and advocacy initiatives that empower local communities to demand for transparency, accountability, and participation in decision making. 

Objectives:

The overall objective of CRED is to promote the relevancy of public policy and law to the needs of the people through advocating for a governance framework that upholds democratic principles, values of transparency and accountability, constitutionalism and rule of law. Our specific objectives are to-

(a)   undertake relevant and timely policy research across the organization’s programmatic strands;

(b)   undertake advocacy that fosters the utilization and implementation of our research and novel ideas in policy formulation and implementation;

(c)    undertake capacity building initiatives and provide legal advisory that will empower citizens to demand accountability and good governance in public affairs; and

 

(d)  Build and strengthen CRED as a relevant and credible institution working with and for communities at all levels. 

Values:

(a) Integrity

(b) Team work and commitment

(c) Respect for each other, CRED values, communities & stakeholders

(d) Transparency and accountability

(e) Stakeholder involvement

News & Events

  • Uganda to launch construction of East African crude oil pipeline
    22-Nov-2017
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  • Communiqué of the 1st Uganda-Tanzania Civil Society Convening on the Proposed East African Crude Oil Pipeline
    22-Nov-2017
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    “Setting the Agenda for Citizen Participation”
    23rd – 24th August, 2017
    LAICO, Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda
    We, representatives of faith-based organizations, civil society organizations, community-based
    organizations, local government, media and academics from Uganda, Tanzania, and
    international partners from Nigeria, Chad and the United States of America met on August 23-
    24, 2017 in Entebbe, Uganda to share information, experiences and lessons, and deliberate on
    the proposed East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). The event was attended by over 75
    participants who also included government leaders at national and sub-national levels from both
    countries, representatives of companies on the EACOP project and international experts in
    areas of petroleum infrastructural developments and their interaction with host communities.
    The convening came on the backdrop of Uganda and Tanzania having signed an Intergovernmental
    Agreement for the construction of the EACOP in May 2017. The 1,445km pipeline
    will be the longest electrically-heated pipeline1 in the world and will transport crude oil from
    Kabaale parish in Hoima district of Uganda to the Chogoleani peninsula near Tanga port in
    Tanzania. In Uganda, 20% of the pipeline (approximately 296km) will cross 8 districts and 24
    sub-counties; while the remaining 80% of the pipeline (1,149km) will cross 8 regions and 24
    districts in Tanzania. French company Total E&P, the UK based Tullow Oil Plc and the Chinese
    National Overseas Oil Corporation (CNOOC) are the project partners for the development of
    Uganda’s crude oil. The $3.55 billion EACOP is a massive infrastructure project of great
    geopolitical and economic importance to both governments and extractive industry companies –
    as well as the citizens of Tanzania and Uganda.

     

  • The New Vision: Land inquiry holds public hearings in Hoima
    22-Nov-2017
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    28th August 2017

    http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1460594/land-inquiry-set-hold-public-hearings-hoima

    Starting  Monday 28th August 2017, the Land Inquiry Commission will  hold public hearings in Hoima, until Friday.

    This is the fourth time that the commission is travelling outside its Kampala base to hold public hearings, right from the time it started conducting hearings on May 9 this year.

    Chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the commission has held public hearings in the districts of Wakiso, Luwero, and Jinja.

    The other commissioners are Fredrick Ruhindi, Mary Oduka Ochan, Joyce Gunze Habaasa, Dr Rose Nakayi, Robert Ssebunnya and George Bagonza Tinkamanyire.

    Ebert Byenkya  is the lead counsel, John Bosco Suuza the assistant lead counsel, while Judiciary Deputy Registrar of Planning and Development Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya heads the secretariat.

    Commission mandate

    The commission’s mandate is to probe efficiency of the laws, policies and  processes of land registration, acquisition, administration and management.

    It is also tasked with inquiring the effectiveness of the Uganda Land Commission (ULC) in administering public land and relevant bodies in the reservation of wetlands, forests, road reserves, and national parks, among other gazetted spaces.

     

  • US Envoy Warns Govt on ‘Oil Curse’
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://www.chimpreports.com/us-envoy-warns-govt-on-oil-curse/

    The United States Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac has asked the Ugandan government to be mindful of environmental and social factors as they explore the oil in the Albertine Rift of western Uganda.

    Ambassador Malac noted that the discovery of a petroleum reserve in that area has created a lot of economic opportunities but also a lot of challenges for environmental management and biodiversity conservation.

    “If the exploitation of natural resources like petroleum is not managed wisely and for the benefit of all people, Uganda risks facing the ‘resource curse’ including corruption, conflict, economic distortion and environmental destruction,” she said.

    Malac added: “I ask the government of Uganda to be very careful, especially when the actual extraction of oil begins in 2020. Uganda should act as a good example on how natural resources can benefit an economy without causing more harm.”

    The ambassador was speaking at the review summit for the environmental management for oil sector activity which took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Tuesday.

  • The Independent: ULS boss advises government to drop amendments in land law
    22-Nov-2017
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    August 27th 2017https://www.independent.co.ug/week-uls-boss-advises-government-drop-amendments-land-law/ Lawyers under their umbrella association Uganda Law Society (ULS) appeared before the lady justice Catherine Bamugemereire led land commission of inquiry on Aug.18. While there, the President Francis Gimara expressed reservations over the move by government to table amendments in land laws before parliament even before the committee appointed by the president finalizes its work. “There is a problem with how we do things in Uganda. You appoint a commission of inquiry into land matters and give it mandate to investigate. Before they complete their work, as government you are tabling an amendment before the opinion of the land commission yet one of the terms of reference of constituting it is to advise you on the land acquisition. Why the rush?” he said. Gimara who was leading a team of land laws summoned by the commission to provide an advisory presentation regarding the issues under inquiry said the constitution has given government powers to manage some land under the Uganda Law Commission and district land boards which hasn’t been managed adequately. He said the commission has been giving out land to private persons something that needs to be investigated to know who took the land,  the process they used and for what purposes.

  • The New Vision:Proposed land amendment is patently unconstitutional
    22-Nov-2017
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    20th July 2017

    http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1458143/proposed-land-amendment-patently-unconstitutional

    By Prof Joe Oloka-Onyango

    There are four basic principles which govern the operation of Constitutional Law in any country. These include the separation of powers (checks and balances), the rule of law, respect for human rights and the basic structure doctrine.

    The proposed amendment which seeks to make way for the compulsory acquisition of land by the government violates all of them without exception, but it particularly offends the last of these. Every constitution has a basic or fundamental framework by which it is governed.

    The 1995 Constitution sought, among many other goals, to decentralise governmental power, to enhance the protection of the rights of women and specific minorities and to protect the country from the arbitrary exercise of state power whether by the Executive or the Legislature. 

    With respect to the issue of land, the 1995 Constitution made a fundamental departure from all its predecessors through the declaration which opens Chapter 15, Article 237 of which states: “Land in Uganda belongs to the citizens of Uganda.” 

    There are no “buts,” “ifs” or “howevers” about this declaration. What it means is that land unconditionally belongs to the citizen, a situation further buttressed by Article 26 which proclaims ownership of land a human right. And yet, the proposed (Amongi) amendment seeks — by indirect means — to amend this provision so that in effect it reverts to the situation where land in Uganda “belongs to the Executive arm of the State.”

    Such a change would amount to a violent breach of the basic structure around which the citizens of Uganda agreed that land in the country should be owned and managed.  The proposed changes to the Constitution also run the danger of what the Supreme Court has described as “amendment-by-infection,” a situation where any alteration of a specific constitutional provision has spill-over effects on other parts of the document.

  • Igg Orders Suspension Of Land Titles Registrar
    22-Nov-2017
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    https://www.igg.go.ug/updates/media/igg-orders-suspension-of-land-titles-registrar/ The Deputy Inspector General of Government (DIGG) has written to the permanent secretary Ministry of Lands seeking the suspension of a senior registrar of titles over abuse of office. Ms Mariam Wangadya wants Madinah Nabukeera, who is charged with abuse of office, interdicted forthwith. Wangadya’s reasons are contained in a letter dated July 4, 2017, addressed to Dorcus Okalany, the permanent secretary in the lands ministry. Nabukeera was on July 12 charged with abuse of office, in relation to transfers of land in East Buganda, an offence the DIGG said she allegedly committed in 2006. Wangadya directed Okalany to effect the suspension expeditiously, until court delivers its verdict.

  • Uganda7: Minister Amongi explains why gov’t wants new land law
    22-Nov-2017
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    https://uganda7.com/info/minister-amongi-explains-why-govt-wants-new-land-law/Uganda7 - July 19,2017https://uganda7.com/info/minister-amongi-explains-why-govt-wants-new-land-law/ Government, according to the minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Betty Amongi, has lost over $97 million to contractors due to delays accentuated by disputes over land compensations. Speaking to reporters at the Uganda Media Center yesterday, Amongi said government can’t keep looking on as public infrastructure projects stall and taxpayers’ money lost. She said compulsory land acquisition is not new in Uganda. She said compulsory land acquisition is provided for by the Land Acquisition Act 1965, (Cap 226) and the 1995 Constitution Article 26. “The provisions in the Land Acquisition Act have facilitated government to compulsorily acquire land smoothly until a critical provision under section 7 was expunged by both the Constitutional and Supreme court in 2014. This provision gave the minister of Lands, after an award of compensation value has been made by an assessor, to take possession at any time after the publication of the declaration if the minister certifies that it is in the public interest for him or her to do so,” Amongi said. In 2011, government commissioned a project to upgrade the Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya road, leading to the oil fields in the Albertine graben. Acting under the Land Acquisition Act, the Uganda National Roads Authority took over the land to undertake the project before payment of compensation to the owners. Some people rejected the compensation value. Through Irumba Asumani and Peter Magelah, the aggrieved land owners challenged the constitutionality of the Land Acquisition Act that allowed government to compulsorily acquire land before compensation. They said the acquisition ran counter to provisions of Article 26(2) that provide for prompt payment of fair and adequate compensation prior to the taking of possession or acquisition of any person’s property. Both the Constitutional and Supreme courts ruled in favor of the petitioners; hence according to Amongi, that necessitated a constitutional amendment to cure the defect created by the ruling. Amongi also disputed suggestions that poor people who normally have no access to the judicial system are going to suffer more because their properties will be undervalued.

  • Observer:Mubende Gold Row - Museveni Petitioned Over Eviction Notice
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://allafrica.com/stories/201706300375.html

    The fight over land rights in a gold mining area in Mubende has come to a head, with the artisanal miners vowing to defy a presidential directive that called for their eviction in favour of a certain company, writes CHRISTOPHER TUSIIME.

    Landlords, artisanal miners, gold traders and other service providers in the mining areas of Mubende have petitioned President Museveni over an eviction directive he issued to them two weeks ago.

    According to John Bosco Bukya, the spokesperson of Ssingo Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners (SASSM), Museveni, in a bid to protect the interests of an investor, Gemstone International, convened a meeting at State House on June 13, 2017, where he called for the eviction of artisanal miners from Kitumbi, Mubende district.

    The directive, which was issued through their constituency MP Michael Bukenya, was to be effected immediately. Now, the miners have opposed the move and will not budge regardless of the lapsed deadline.

  • Daily Monitor: Cabinet clears draft law for forceful seizure of land
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Cabinet-draft-law--forceful--land/688334-3974854-g2s0raz/index.html

    By FREDERIC MUSISI

    KAMPALA- The Cabinet has cleared proposals for the amendment Bill to the Land Act, 1998, to allow forceful acquisition of land and compensate land or property owners later, especially for large infrastructure projects.
    Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana told Sunday Monitor yesterday that the “principles of the Bill were cleared” and are before the First Parliamentary Counsel to draft adjustments to the land law.
    “The draft Bill will be tabled before Parliament any time soon,” Mr Rukutana said.
    But both Mr Rukutana and Land minister Betty Amongi, who told Sunday Monitor that the issue is now a matter for the Justice ministry, were noncommittal on details of the adjustments to the law. But government has since mooting the proposal mid-last year consistently rebutted claims that it plans taking over land forcefully, and maintained that the public is misconstruing its proposals.
    Ms Amongi, in an earlier briefing at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, said the amendments are intended to shorten the bureaucracy involved in acquisition of land for projects by allowing government to start the projects pending negotiations on compensations with the affected persons.
    All land in Uganda, according to Article 273 of the 1995 Constitution, belongs to the people while Article 26 (2) stipulates: “No person shall be compulsorily deprived of property or any interest in right over property of any description except where the taking of possession is necessary for public use and or is made under the law after prompt payment of fair and adequate compensation.

  • New Vision: Opinion Article - Avoid past mistakes in the ongoing Buliisa oil compensation processes
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1456352/avoid-past-mistakes-ongoing-buliisa-oil-compensation-processes#sthash.LmCBF7fw.uxfs By Doris Atwijukire Recently, during our field visit in Ngwedo sub county in Buliisa district by the Civic Response on Environment and Development (CRED), I noticed various posters of cut-off date announcements for the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP 1) Industrial Area. According to the information on the posters, the final cut-off date for the area demarcated for the industrial area was May 16, 2017. The cut-off date is when the eligibility for resettlement and compensation is established and completed. After the cut-off date, any social and economic activities put up in the demarcated industrial area are not eligible for compensation or resettlement. Any new persons that move or settle into the demarcated area will equally not be eligible for compensation or resettlement.

  • New Vision: Advocate Muliira first witness at land probe
    22-Nov-2017
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    9th May 2017 http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1452876/advocate-muliira-witness-land-probe. The commission of inquiry which was instituted by President Yoweri Museveni to investigate land issues has opened today. City advocate Peter Muliira was the first witness. The seven member commission launched last week by the lands minister Betty Amongi is chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire. Other members of the commission include: Makerere University law don, Dr. Rose Nakayi, former Attorney General,  Fred  Ruhindi, Robert Ssebunya - a presidential advisor on Buganda affairs, Joyce Habasa and George Bagonza. Notable among the terms of reference to the commission is to compile report findings which government will base on to address the land question. The Bamugemereire commission comes at a time of increased outcry over alleged fraud at the land registry which has seen all sorts of anomalies including issuance of multiple titles to a single piece of land. - See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1452876/advocate-muliira-witness-land-probe#sthash.ISV3ELoP.dpuf

  • Daily Monitor: Oil pipeline survey begins
    22-Nov-2017
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    Thursday May 11 2017

    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Oil-pipeline-survey-begins/688334-3922042-q1xp61z/index.html

    BULIISA. The baseline survey for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) to establish the routes of the flow lines from oil pads to the Central Processing Facility (CPF) in Buliisa District is underway.
    The Buliisa District vice chairman Geoffrey Matongo, told Daily Monitor last Monday that the survey looks at feeder oil pipelines that will transport crude oil to CPF, that will eventually carry it to the refinery in Kabale Parish, Buseruka Sub-county in Hoima District and finally to an export pipeline to Tanga in Tanzania.
    To ensure that the exercise succeeds, residents of Kabolwa, Serule B, and Bugoigo villages in Buliisa and Butiaba sub-counties were on May 2 sensitised about the development.
    “The survey began with mass awareness campaigns last week with the nearby communities and stakeholders’ contributions to ensure that the studies identify all potential impacts on people, environment and proposing ways to minimise the effects before construction works of the pipeline starts,” Mr Matongo said.

  • Daily Monitor: Uganda runs to China for Shs2 trillion oil roads
    22-Nov-2017
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    Thursday March 2 2017

    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Government-runs-China-Shs2-trillion-oil-roads/688334-3833964-r1rpgbz/index.html

    By FREDERIC MUSISI

    Kampala. The government has turned to China’s Export–Import (EXIM) Bank to secure funding for the construction of ten “critical oil roads” in the oil belt, Albertine Graben, in South Western Uganda needed urgently to ease the ongoing process of expediting commercial oil production to start by 2020.

  • Reuters: Uganda, Tanzania sign deal for world's longest heated pipeline
    22-Nov-2017
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    Friday, 26 May 2017

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/26/reuters-america-update-2-uganda-tanzania-sign-deal-for-worlds-longest-heated-pipeline.html

    Uganda and Tanzania signed a framework agreement on their proposed $3.55 billion crude export pipeline on Friday, a key milestone for the project, which is expected to start pumping Ugandan oil to international markets in three years.

    An official at Uganda's Ministry of Energy told Reuters the agreement covered terms on tax incentives for the project, implementation timelines, the size of the pipeline and local content levels, keeping it on track to complete in 2020.

  • Land Probe Committee Makes Impromptu Visit to Wakiso Lands Office
    22-Nov-2017
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    https://ugandaradionetwork.com/story/bamugemeriere-storms-wakiso-lands-office-interacts-with-land-title-complainants

    Bamugemereire explained that their decision to seat in Wakiso district and the impromptu visit to the Land office were meant to help the commission feel the real issues on the ground.

  • Rights Activists Fear Government Is Sanctioning Land Grabbing Through Constitution Amendments May 9, 2017
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://earthfinds.co.ug/index.php/oil-and-gas/item/917-rights-activists-fear-government-is-sanctioning-land-grabbing-through-constitution-amendments

    The call was made during the National Dialogue on Land and Extractives, under the theme, “Harnessing citizen participation for good governance and sustainable livelihoods,” at Hotel Africana on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

    The National Dialogue was jointly organized by Civic Response on Environment and Development (CRED), Action Aid Uganda (AAU), Saferworld Uganda and Transparency International Uganda (TIU).

    The dialogue was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Members of Parliament, districts leaders, community representatives, religious leaders, cultural leaders and representatives of CSO organizations.

  • Uganda: Families appeal court order re-evicting them from land initially earmarked for oil waste management plant Author: Oil in Uganda, Published on: 8 May 2017
    22-Nov-2017
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    https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/uganda-families-appeal-court-order-evicting-them-from-land-initially-proposed-for-oil-waste-management-plant

    "Rwamutonga families to be re-evicted; Masindi court has ordered"

    Masindi High Court has cleared another eviction for families in Rwamutonga village, Hoima district, where a US firm wanted to set up an oil waste treatment plant. An order dated April 4th 2017 signed by the assistant registrar Acio Julia cleared Ochika Julius, a court bailiff, to give vacant possession of the land to Tibagwa Joshua and Kusiima Robinah and to demolish any illegal structures on the land...

  • Uganda, Tanzania Discuss Oil Pipeline
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://allafrica.com/view/group/main/main/id/00044516.html

  • Daily Monitor: Tuesday April 4 2017 Residents live in fear of eviction
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Residents-live-fear-eviction/688334-3876290-sbjwyjz/index.html

    Residents of the oil-rich district of Buliisa are living in fear of eviction and displacement as the country prepares to set up facilities required for commercial oil production.
    The government has given a green light to oil companies to engage consultants who are consulting various stakeholders on how the Resettlement Action plan (RAP) will be implemented.
    Atacama Consulting, in association with Synergy Global Consulting Ltd and Nomad Consulting Ltd, have been contracted by Total E&P Uganda, the operator of licensed area-1 and Tullow Uganda operations Pty Ltd, the operator of licensed area-2.

  • Daily Monitor: Tuesday April 4 2017 Hoima oil refinery villages invaded by pastoralists
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Hoima-oil--refinery-villages-pastoralists-energy-ministry-/688334-3876698-qm10w4/index.html

    Residents of Kabaale Parish, Hoima District, where the government intends to set up an oil refinery have clashed with pastoralists who they accuse of grazing their animals in their gardens.

    The pastoralists have been cited in Nyahaira, Kitegwa, Bukona and Kyapuloni villages in Buseruka Sub-county.

    “The pastoralists have caused fear and discomfort in the community because they are grazing their animals in our gardens,” said Mr Richard Orebi, the chairman of the Refinery Resettlement Committee.

    The 76 families that have been awaiting government resettlement since 2012 claim the pastoralists are causing them food insecurity.

  • Daily Monitor: Tuesday April 18 2017 Hoima leaders dispute oil benefits
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Hoima-leaders-dispute-oil-benefits/688334-3893266-4ye3bcz/index.html

    Leaders in the oil-rich Hoima District have disagreed with ministry of Energy officials over benefits accruing to communities hosting oil and gas developments.

    Recently, a team from the ministry held an engagement meeting with the district leader briefing them on the status of national content in the petroleum sector.

    Mr Edgar Tusingwire, the national content officer at the ministry, told the leaders that the oil industry had presented opportunities for farmers to supply food stuffs to oil workers.
    Mr Tusingwire said government had ring-fenced some services in the industry for Ugandans.

  • Daily Monitor: Wednesday April 26 2017: Buliisa resettlement committee inaugurated
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Buliisa-resettlement-committee-inaugurated/688334-3903600-format-xhtml-mugcaez/index.html

    BULIISA. Government in partnership with the oil companies Total E&P Uganda and Tullow Uganda Operations have inaugurated the Buliisa District Resettlement Coordination Committee (DIRCO) to raise awareness of resettlement requirements and fostering cooperation.
    The Buliisa District chairman, Mr Simon Agaba Kinene, heads this committee while Mr Bernard Tugume serves as the committee’s secretary.
    Mr Tugume is also the Buliisa District senior lands management officer. The Committee comprises the chief administrative officer, Resident District Commissioner, LC3 chairpersons of Ngwedo, Kigwera, Butiaba, Buliisa, Biiso, Kihungya and Buliisa Town Council.

  • Daily Monitor: Cabinet discussing bill on forceful takeover of land
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Cabinet-discussing-bill-forceful-takeover-land/688334-3915088-49cwic/index.html

    Parliament. Government will forcefully acquire private land should dispute over its valuation arise between the chief government valuer and private land owner if a proposed constitutional amendment is approved by Parliament.
    Under the proposed amendment to Article 26, the deadlock over valuation between the government and private land owner would be resolved by government simply depositing the money valued in a court and proceeding to develop the land.
    The government hopes the proposed law would provide the magic-bullet to sorting out delayed public works where government projects are frustrated by wrangles between the government and private land owners.

  • Daily Monitor: Bunyoro rejects ban on processing land titles
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/688334-1376678-9isw5gz/index.html Local leaders in Bunyoro Sub-region have protested the ban on processing land titles in the Albertine Graben region which the President instituted in 2009. “We as land boards facilitate the processing of titles. Where do we get the mandate to stop people from processing titles for their land?” the Buliisa Land Board chairperson, Mr Sabiiti Tundulu, said. The protest follows a warning issued by the lands minister, Mr Daudi Migereko, at a meeting in the district on Tuesday, that land boards in Bunyoro should stop defying the presidential directive.

  • Daily Monitor: Bbumba: I signed Shs568b tax waiver without reading it
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Bbumba-signed-Shs568b-tax-waiver-without-reading/688334-3920718-145eibnz/index.html

    PARLIAMENT: Former Energy Minister Syda Bbumba has claimed that she signed a contentious Production Sharing Agreement(PSA) that allowed Tullow a $157m(Shs568b) tax waiver for an out of court settlement involving Uganda and the British oil firm.
    Ms Bbumba told a Parliamentary committee that is investigating wide-range of irregularities in the Oil sector that she signed the controversial PSA after it had been approved by the Solicitor General, tabling an October 3 2001 letter as evidence of the SG’s approval.

  • Rwamutonga Evictees Return On Land After Two Years of Displacement
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://allafrica.com/stories/201703030063.htmlUganda: The evicted Rwamutonga residents have returned to land from which they were evicted two years ago, Oil in Uganda has established. The evictees, who have been living in a camp near Rwamutonga trading center, were seen busy clearing bushes and putting up huts in the morning of Wednesday 2, February 2017. The evictees invaded Block 7 plot 44 which is registered in the names of Hoima Businessman Robert Bansigaraho.

  • Launch of the Albertine Region Land Platform
    22-Nov-2017
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    https://www.facebook.com/Albertine-Region-Land-Platform-1427744850865616/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE on 22nd February 2017, CRED with organizations working  in the Albertine region launched the Albertine Region Land Platform. The platform  brings together organizations working on land issues in the Albertine region seeking to among others, create space for sharing and reflection by members and have common positions on strategic questions of regional and national importance. The Hoima Deputy Resident District Commission, Mr. John Steven Ekoom  appreciated Civil Society Organizations for the initiative to bring all relevant stakeholders together to discuss and come up with joint solutions to the land question in the region. He noted that due to ongoing oil development activities, the Albertine Region continues to witness many land related challenges including land grabbing, fraudulently issued land titles, evictions among other which therefore need joint efforts from different stakeholders.

  • Land Probe Commission finally sworn in
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://pressug.com/land-probe-commission-finally-sworn-in/ Appointed under section 1 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act, Cap 166, the Commission has a six-month mandate to investigate and inquire into the effectiveness of laws and systems in the land sector and thereafter submit final findings and recommendations.  Within three months of its first hearing the Commission  is required to present an Interim Report to the President. The Commission is to inquire into the Effectiveness of Law, Policies and Processes of land Acquisition, Land Administration, Land Management and Land Registration in Uganda.

  • CRED, Buliisa District Write To Ministry Of Lands Over Land Registration
    22-Nov-2017
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    Civic Response on Environment and Development (CRED) and Buliisa District Local Government severally addressed letters to the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Betty Amongi, asking the ministry of lands to support the district in its efforts of registering customary and communal land interests.

  • Why Uganda should urgently the certify customary land in the oil region
    22-Nov-2017
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     http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1430082/uganda-urgently-certify-customary-land-oil-region Currently, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development is undertaking certification of customary land exercise in Kasese district.The pilot project, which was launched a couple of years back, is aimed at contributing to security of tenure, especially for the poor, vulnerable and marginalised groups focusing on women and the youth.

  • Russian firm pulls out of Uganda’s $4 billion oil refinery project
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Russian-firm-pulls-Uganda-s--4-billion-oil-refinery/-/688334/3275652/-/2heieuz/-/index.html A Russian consortium RT Global Resources, which was announced as the best preferred bidder for the financing and construction of the $4 billion greenfield oil refinery in Hoima in western Uganda has walked away from the deal in unclear circumstances.

  • Uganda Put Under Pressure To Join EITI And End Oil Secrecy
    22-Nov-2017
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    http://news.ugo.co.ug/uganda-put-under-pressure-to-join-eiti-and-end-oil-secrecy/ The government of Uganda has been asked to subscribe to Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global Standard, to promote open and accountable management of natural resources. The campaign seeks to encourage the government of Uganda to improve transparency in the governance of oil and other mineral resources by signing on to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI).

  • The discovery of oil in a remote part of Uganda has broken up families, ruined crops and torn the fabric of social life
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    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/5/30/uganda-oil-brings-fast-cash-dashed-hopes.html LAKE ALBERT, Uganda — Roughly 120 miles northwest of the capital, Kampala, the asphalt road gives way to amber-colored soil and Uganda’s oil country begins. This remote region last captured the imagination of the West in the Victorian age, when gentlemen explorers arrived in search of the Nile’s source. 

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