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Vice President Jessica Alupo Condemns ‘Hypocritical’ Countries Undermining Uganda’s Oil Project

Vice President Jessica Alupo Condemns ‘Hypocritical’ Countries Undermining Uganda’s Oil Project

Uganda’s Vice President, Jessica Alupo, has described countries trying to undermine Uganda’s oil project as ‘hypocritical’. She made these comments while at the United Nations General Assembly.

She said it is regrettable and hypocritical that some of those countries and regions undermining Uganda are responsible for global warming.

The remarks came against the backdrop of a resolution by the EU parliament. It called upon Uganda and Tanzania to stop the EACOP development.

It also denounced what it termed as major environmental and climate risks posed by the Tilenga and EACOP projects. Much was said, including quoting of the International Energy Agency’s 2021 report.

EU lawmakers recalled that to enable the limitation of global warming to 1,5°C, no new oil extraction project should be developed.

Regardless though, President Museveni said the oil production will move on according to the schedule.

He warned Total Energies that Uganda could call upon other players if the company decides to abide by the non-legally binding EU resolution.

“Despite contributing an insignificant amount of global greenhouse gas emissions, the African continent, like many developing regions of the world, suffer the effects of climate change to a disproportionate degree,” Alupo told the General Assembly.

Alupos said climate change actions must uphold the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities, consistent with national context.

She also recommended the reforming of the UN Security Council. This is a matter she regarded as ‘urgent and imperative than never before’.

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