Friday, June 4, 2010

Oil Company demolishes houses, plantations

More than 16 families have been left to gamble with survival as Dominion Oil Company contracted to extract oil in Nakabungo-B LC1 bordering with Queen Elizabeth National Park demolishes two houses and plantations worth millions of shillings.

The demolition exercise which started effectively 22nd/April/2010 has left cassava, maize, and rice plantations destroyed causing fear for food shortage in the area. The affected families are allegedly living on customary land and victims have not compensated.

Dominion Oil Company is also extracting oil in Arua Block 2 and Block 4 respectively.

The company targets Rwensama village, Kikalala parish, Bwambala Sub County Rukungiri District to be the drilling site for the oil project in the area.

Sources revealed that each affected family has been given kilos of beans and maize flour in terms of compensation and announcements have been going on radio Kinkizi.

However, spokes person Dominion Oil Company Andrew Nyakana said efforts to compensate victims are underway. “A government team was taken to the ground to assess the impact of the loss but they have not given us the actual figure to pay them off” Nyakana said, once the process is concluded victims will be paid in two weeks.

For More Information Contact;

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
Plot 16 Clement Hill Road – Nakasero
P.O.Box. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala
Tel: +256-414-667627 / +256-701-810079

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