President Museveni has sent out a barbed response to the European Union Parliament, warning them off of Uganda’s East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project, which he says will carry on as planned.
Speaking for the second time on the recent resolution by the European Parliament which denounced the project for its effects on human rights and the environment, Museveni termed the MPs as “insufferable” and shallow minded.”
“Some of these people are insufferable, you need to control yourself not to explode,” the president said while opening the Uganda International Oil and Gas Summit in Kampala today, Tuesday.
“They are so shallow, so egocentric, so wrong… they think they know everything and they want to broadcast their ignorance all over the place. But they should calm down.”
The EU parliament earlier this month passed a resolution calling for the French oil companies TotalEnergies and its joint venture partners to delay the Pipeline and oil extraction projects by one year, to address environmental and human rights concerns.
The Parliament has since summoned TotalEnergies chief executive Patrick Pouyanné to Brussels to justify the project.
But Museveni in a strong-worded repudiation of the EU Parliament, said the pipeline project will carry on and advised the parliament to focus on more issues affecting their own continent.
“This is a wrong battleground for them, and we don’t take kindly to arrogance. That is why we spent so many years sorting out issues with arrogant people,” he said.
“The plan will be implemented according to schedule and I hope our partners will join us firmly and advise those people… The EU Parliament have got their own work to do in their own place, I would advise them to spend bit more time solving the problems of our people there and leave East Africa which has got capable people who know what to do.”
Regarding the environmental impact of the upcoming oil industry in Uganda, President Museveni said while he supported the global “green movement,” Uganda’s contribution to carbon emission will still be less significant compared to most of the countries in the west.
“I don’t think our additional contribution to the damage is too big,” he said.
Museveni’s comments come just days after the Tanzania government blasted the “falsehoods” peddled by the EU Parliament on the EACOP, saying the project is being implemented with strict observance of International Safety, Environmental and Social aspects, including Human Rights.
“Tanzania being one of the Shareholders to the EACOP Project is seriously concerned by grave factual misrepresentations in the resolution issued by EU Parliament,” Tanzania government said in a statement sent to ChimpReports on Saturday.
“To demonstrate this adherence in the Project, a dedicated Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) was undertaken as part of the project implementation process. The HRIA assessed and put in place measures for addressing the potential adverse effects of the Project on the human rights enjoyment,” the statement reads in part.