Not Even Your Confused Bazungu Can Stop EACOP, Stop Dreaming-NRM Youths Tell Off Bobi Wine

Not Even Your Confused Bazungu Can Stop EACOP, Stop Dreaming-NRM Youths Tell Off Bobi Wine an accessible web community

By Spy Uganda

In a presser held at National Resistance Movement (NRM) party headquarters at plot 10 Kyadondo Road, NRM Youth League members spit venom against National Unity Platform (NUP) leader, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine whom they accuse of spreading hate speech against Uganda’s oil at local and international level.

According to Macxzzon Muhwezi, one of the members of the League, no one should dictate how Uganda should use its resources thus informing Kyagulanyi that not even the international community will stop the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

Muhwezi ‘nailed’ Kyagulanyi by terming him a serial enemy of Uganda’s development ”although he hoodwinks Ugandans by mobilizing them to support him for Presidency.”

”Kyagulanyi is someone very dangerous to this country… you go abroad and tarnish our country’s name and tomorrow come back hoodwinking Ugandans to support you! how? Are you going to inherit a country which is poor or rich? When he flies to Ukraine and other countries, finally the plane brings him back at Entebbe Airport, he should know this is his motherland and therefore burying its good image he is actually burying himself,” noted Muhwezi.

Nakimuli Hanifah is another League member who doesn’t have good words for the NUP leader, ”One thing Kyagulanyi should know, Uganda is an independent state, let him not deceive himself that there is any white man that can stop this oil project, that’s an impossible dream,” said Nakimuli.

All these reactions follow a resolution by the European Union’s Parliament urging the international community “to exert maximum pressure on Ugandan and Tanzanian authorities, as well as the project promoters and stakeholders,” to stop oil activities around Lake Albert.

Kakai Nimrod also a League member told this writer that the development of this country is a patriotic duty for everyone and as a Ugandan to stand and support European Union’s decision is of great shame to Kyagulanyi.

”The other day he came out condemning students who protested against EU’s decision. We want to remind him that this oil project is going to employ over one million youths. He has been preaching about Uganda’s unemployment, so if oil is going to employ masses of our youths why is he then fighting it?” wondered Kakai.

Sovereign Hasahya Youth Leader in the National Youth Council and Youth Leader in Butaleja District preached patriotism urging youths to be proud of their country and work to develop it instead of going against its progress.

”No one chose to be born in Uganda, it was God’s planning, therefore you can’t change it instead you have to embrace it and work hard to contribute to the progress of the country God blessed you with. As youths we are not happy with some of these leaders who are using their positions to tarnish the name of our country in foreign countries,” said Hasahya.

She added that Ugandans and those fighting the EACOP should know that the project was assessed and cleared by various environmental protection bodies including National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and therefore one can’t base on Kyagulanyi’s ”lies” to fail Uganda’s economic progress.

According to Bobi Wine, Ugandans must be pleased that the EU has raised the same concerns, especially the environmental hazards as a result of the project.

“We are glad they cited the issues of gross Human Rights abuse and environmental abuse, among others,” Bobi Wine said while addressing the press at the NUP party headquarters in Kamwokya last week.

“For a long time, we have been calling upon the international communities to stop being the wind under Museveni’s wing,” he added.

Bobi wine further noted that Museveni had turned the country’s oil into his personal property.

“We’ve heard Museveni declare it his oil.” It’s not his oil. That is our crude. We applaud the EU Parliament Resolution, but we demand more. We have been requesting punishments,” Bobi wine noted.

In their recommendations, the EU Parliament further noted that oil-related activities in the Murchison Falls National Park should be halted until they conform to standards. To this, they asked the French President, Emmanuel Macron to exert pressure on Total Energies to halt the project.

However, in response, President Museveni retaliated that no one can change what has already been agreed upon for the construction of the pipeline.

“I want to assure you that the project shall proceed as stipulated in the contract we have with Total Energies. We should remember that Total Energies convinced me about the idea of the pipeline and if they choose to listen to the EU Parliament, they will compensate us and we shall find someone else to work with,” Museveni said

“Either way, we shall have our oil coming out by 2025 as planned. So, people should not worry,” he added.

Since its inception, EACOP has faced resistance from several African and international environmental and human rights organizations which started a campaign to stop the construction of the 1,445-kilometer-long pipeline that draws crude oil from wells in western Uganda in Hoima district to Tanzania’s seaport of Tanga.

These had sought to frustrate the $10-billion deal signed by Chinese and French oil giants CNOOC and Total Energies committing to construct the pipeline arguing that it risks damaging one of the world’s most biodiverse regions.

Under their “Stop EACOP” campaign, the activists have carried out a number of activities to frustrate the pipeline including writing to several would-be financers of the project not to fund it.

It was also reported that several international insurers had distanced themselves from insuring the 1445-kilometre-long pipeline.

However, last month, Uganda’s Insurance Regulatory Authority (UIRA) Chief Executive Officer, Ibrahim Kaddunabbi Lubega said the process of ensuring the pipeline is now done.

“We approved the oil and gas consortium after various players licenced dedicated resources to the creation of the insurance consortium that created the capacity of the consortium. When the time came to underwrite the pipeline, it is the consortium we call ICOGU that underwrote and submitted to us to approve whether they have the capacity or whether what they are doing is the correct thing. I can confirm that EACOP is fully insured to the extent of the information they submitted,” Kaddunabbi told journalists.

Total Energies’ General Manager, Phillipe Groeuix recently said whereas there are many detractors to Uganda’s oil project in form of environmentalists both locally and from the international community, they are committed to ensuring the project is a success.

“Detractors(of this project) in Uganda are many. There are many more outside Uganda but we want to prove them wrong in the sense that this development is good for the environment, the communities and the most vulnerable people and the country. We will prove them wrong that instead of being bad, this project is a big opportunity,” Phillipe Groeuix, Total Energies’ General Manager said.

“We want to prove to them that this project is an opportunity for biodiversity, the communities, local culture and local development and it is something that will drive economic development and cultural and heritage development among others.” an accessible web community

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