A furious President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has threatened to sue French oil giant Total Energies SE if they follow the European Union Parliament Resolution and halt the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).
While meeting NRM parliamentary caucus at Kololo Airstrip today, Museveni warned that if Total Energies make any mistake of pulling out of the agreement, they signed with Ugandan government, to facilitate the construction of pipeline, they are ready to drag them to the international court of arbitration.
Sources who attended the meeting told theGrapevine that Museveni advised the legislators not to waste their time discussing the resolutions passed by the European parliament.
Museveni later tweeted, “The remarks of the Deputy Speaker and the Attorney General in one of the dailies concerning the EU Parliament and EACOP interested me in making some comments of reassurance to our people.
“I want to assure you that the project shall proceed as stipulated in the contract we have with TotalEnergies and CNOOC. We should remember that Total Energies convinced me about the Pipeline idea; if they choose to listen to the EU Parliament, we shall find someone else to work with.”
The President added that either way, Uganda will have its oil coming out by 2025 as planned.
On Thursday, the European Parliament expressed concern over violations of human rights linked to investments in fossil fuels projects especially the East African Crude Oil Pipeline in Uganda and Tanzania.
“Parliament expresses grave concern about arrests, intimidation and judicial harassment against human rights defenders and NGOs working in the oil and gas sector in Uganda, and calls on the authorities to immediately release anyone arrested arbitrarily.
The European Parliament further stated that more than 100,000 people are at imminent risk of displacement due to the EACOP project, with inefficient guarantees of adequate compensation. The European parliament urged Total Energies to study the feasibility of an alternative route for the project to better protect sensitive ecosystems and the water resources of lakes in Uganda and Tanzania.
However, it should be noted that the Southern route to Tanzania was chosen in 2016 as the least costly route due to among others least environmental footprint.
Yesterday, Ugandan MPs led by Deputy Speaker of parliament Thomas Tayebwa blasted the European Parliament accusing them of violating Uganda’s rights as a sovereign state.
LET US DEAL WITH OIL PROBLEMS NOW BEFORE DISASTER FALLS
Four-time presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye has asked the government of Uganda to deal with the oil problems now before the natural resource becomes a curse to Uganda like in many Africa countries.
Through his twitter account, Dr. Besigye said that the causative factors of why oil hasn’t benefitted the greatest majority of people in Africa’s Oil exporting countries are all more than present in Uganda.
“Why hasn’t Oil benefitted the greatest majority of people in Africa’s Oil exporting countries? The causative factors are all more than present in Uganda! We must deal squarely with them NOW, before a disaster unfolds,” he revealed.
He added, “These are Africa’s Oil-exporting countries; Niger exporting lowest quantity and Angola exporting highest by this year; Niger, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan and Southern Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Nigeria, Angola.”
When a one Sabune on Twitter asked Besigye, “how come those countries have the best presidents yet they have failed to get anything good with their oil especially Ghana,” Besigye responded that Ghana has been exporting oil for only about 12 years but it is performing better than most countries.
By Sengooba Alirabaki and Kalamira Hope