The East African Crude Oil Pipeline is yet to compensate and support the relocation of 19 shrines along the pipeline route in Uganda.
The latest information obtained from Pine-line project indicates that so far, five shrines have been relocated according to the tradition and expectations of the persons who operated them.
Initial studies indicated that twenty-five shrines had been identified in the districts of Hoima, Kikuube, Kyankwanzi, Kakumiro, Mubende, Sembabule, Gomba Lwengo, Kyotera and Rakai but according to project, one shrine previously identified by JV contractors turned out to be non-existent.
Information about graves and shrines comes as the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline dismisses allegations that it disrespected local customs regarding the relocation of graves and shrines in the project area, according to a report this week by GreenFaith, an international anti-fossil campaign group which alleged that the project will disturb 2,000 graves along its route from Lake Albert in Uganda to the Tanzanian port of Tanga.
Earlier before the report by the GreenFaith, Mr. Fred Bazaara, the Community Relations Coordinator for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline punched holes in the report, saying the owners of the shrines would get facilitation in cash ahead to facilitate relocation as required by different traditions. Mr. Bazaara speaking1……..
The Energy and Mineral Development Minister, Ruth Nankabirwa recently told journalists in Kampala that opponents to EACOP have most times deliberately used tactics to misinform or deliver false information to the international public. END