Women being ignored in oil compensations - female MPs
Posted Monday, September 30 2013 at 01:00
Just as the government goes in the final stages of putting out an advert calling for an oil refinery investor, women Members of Parliament have put up a fight to have the compensation process halted.
Under their umbrella association, the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (Uwopa), the MPs say the resettlement action plan being implemented by the government to move people off the refinery area is wanting and is unfair to women.
In a motion presented by the Uwopa vice chairperson, Ms Rosemary Nyakikongoro, the MPs demanded that the process be halted until government works out a better approach and reports back to Parliament within 30 days.
When Kabaale Parish in Buseruka County was selected as the site for the oil refinery, the government embarked on a compensation plan to move people from the 29 square kilometre land and clear the ground for the more than $2 billion (about Shs5.2 trillion) project.