Oil industry critics to be isolated – Hoima RDC

Hoima International Airport runway under construction at Kabaale Village in Kabaale Sub-county.

The Hoima Resident District Commissioner (RDC) has asked communities hosting major oil projects to be vigilant and report to security anybody sabotaging the oil industry.

Mr Emmy Turyabagyenyi Kateera says Uganda’s progress to produce oil has generated more enemies at local, national and international levels with intent to sabotage it.

“Community members should own these projects and report anybody talking ill of oil projects. We shall isolate such people”, says Mr Kateera.

He was speaking at the launch of Community Coordinating Committees (CCC) for Hoima International Airport construction held at Kigaaga primary school in Kabaale sub-county.

He also commended SBC, the contractor of Hoima International Airport construction and its Public Relations (PR) firm – Talk-mud for forming CCC as a bridge between the community and the oil projects.

According to Mr Kateera, the good relationship with the host communities is the basis for Uganda’s success in oil production.

Audio: Kateera on oil security (English)
Hoima RDC, Mr Emmy Turyabagyenyi Kateera, sits with community members inside Kigaaga primary school laboratory enriched by SBC at the launch of CCC.

However, some members of the Civil Society Organisations fraternity have been accusing RDCs of being on a forefront to frustrate the work of human rights defenders under the umbrella of national security.

At the same function Mr Amos Muriisa, the SBC Public Relations Officer commended CCC members for easing their project implementation through provision of a smooth working relationship with the host communities.

Audio: Muriisa on committee (English)

Ms Asha Fambe, a host community member commended SBC for its contribution to health and education services including enriching laboratories at different schools and equipment at health centres.

Mr Geoffrey Mugume, the Programme Coordinator at Talk-mud, said CCC has been a smart way of avoiding community-project hostilities.

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