Amongi, the minister of Land, Housing and Urban Development, has said the process of evicting people from Rwamutonga in Hoima district to pave way for the construction of an oil-waste treatment plant was done illegally.
At the time of the writing of the first geological appraisal of Uganda’s oil prospects, Mr Wayland, the director of the Department of Geological Survey at Entebbe, listed five other concessions with regard to oil– all British businesses.
They included Sir Sydney Henn (1920), Chijoles Oil Ltd (1920) Lord Drogheda (1920), Messrs Bird & Co (1920) and Messrs E.S, Grogan, A.F. Dudgeon, A.G Tannerhill and Owen Grant. The latter licences were issued between July and September of the same year.
It has now been confirmed that Uganda’s rift valley basins contain commercially exploitable reserves of oil and gas. Efforts to explore this extractive and non-renewable resource have been steeped up in the last decade.
More than 90 families who opted to be resettled from 29-square kilometre land earmarked for the oil refinery in Hoima District, have rejected government’s offer and petitioned President Museveni for intervention.
The chairman of the Refinery Affected Persons Relocation Committee, Mr Richard Orebi, on Thursday told Saturday Monitor that the families have twice inspected the land the government purchased for them and it is not suitable for settlement.
The deals pave the way for a $10bn (£6bn) investment in a refinery and crude oil export pipeline. Tullow will sell two-thirds of its interest in the Lake Albert Rift Basin to a Chinese company, CNOOC and the French firm, Total.
The deal is worth $2.9bn and ends a deadlock with the Ugandan government over future taxes. Uganda's Oil Minister Irene Muloni said Tullow had accepted the government's revisions to "stabilisation clauses" which are included in the contracts to protect companies from future losses if the government alters tax laws.