Last month, Uganda, Tanzania and the two oil companies of Total E&P, and China’s CNOOC signed the East African Crude Oil Pipeline deal.
“All the three contractual agreements contain a confidentiality clause which prohibits disclosure of information of a financial, technical or commercial nature relating to EACOP project to any third party except with consent of the other party or where the disclosure is allowed by law or disclosure is as a result of a court order or required in court proceedings,” the solicitor general wrote.
The Solicitor General says Uganda agreed to a confidentiality clause in each of the agreements.
“In our view, disclosure of the above contractual documents is likely to undermine the bankability of the EACOP project as disclosure is likely to disadvantage the investors in the course of commercial negotiations for project finance with the lenders which will have detrimental consequences to Uganda and the people of Uganda as a whole.”
Recently though, lawyer Mabirizi has been putting the government on pressure to disclose the details of the deal.
He even took a case to court for this matter. However, if the parties signed a non disclosure deal, then this could be a waste of his time.
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