This is after the European Parliament passed a resolution ordering Uganda and Tanzania to stop the works on the project.
They even advised their member states not to advance any form of help, financial or diplomatic to the two nations towards the Oil and gas projects.
The EU cited environmental and human rights concerns as the major reason why the project was called off. However, this wasn’t met with much enthusiasm from the Ugandan Parliament.
While reading this resolution to fellow Parliamentarians, the Deputy speaker of Parliament Hon Thomas Tayebwa said that this was aimed at denying Ugandans and East Africans the benefits and opportunities from the oil and gas sector.
Further, this represents the highest form of economic racism against developing countries.
Tayebwa also added that it’s unfortunate to claim that the project is dangerous for the climate. This is due to the fact that Europe with just 10% of the world’s population is responsible for 25% of global emissions.
Africa with 20% of the world’s population is responsible for just 3% of global emissions. Therefore if there is anyone that should be vigilant towards climate change, its certainly not Africa or Uganda.
Tayebwa’s comments interested Museveni who decided to make a statement.
Museveni said that this project with TotalEnergies Africa will go on. He added that it was Total who convinced him about the oil pipeline project.
Therefore if they choose to listen to the EU, Uganda will have no option but to look for another partner.
“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. Either way, we shall have our oil coming out by 2025 as planned. So, the people of Uganda should not worry.”
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