Bunyoro Youth To Demonstrate Today Over Shs450bn Oil Share

viagra approved sans-serif; font-size: small;”>According to Bunyoro secretary Press Henry Ford Miirima, more about eleven youths have been picked from each of Bunyoro-Kitara’s five districts -Hoima, Masindi, Kibaale, Buliisa and Kiryadongo.

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Miirima says the youths will march from Kampala City Square carrying a petition containing Bunyoro-Kitara’s demands on the share of oil revenue for the kingdom.

“The youth will present a petition to the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga at 10am,” says Miirima.

“While agreeing that oil is a national and natural resource, Banyoro youths are saying since oil is located in their region it is they who are going to shoulder the heaviest burden of oil exploration including environmental degradation, not to mention oil spills, and loss of natural income-generating facilities,” Miirima notes.

“The people of Bunyoro are entitled to a 20 percentage of revenue to anticipate the above damages to their natural and traditional way of life,” he adds.

The development comes hardly two weeks when Bunyoro kingdom resolved to pressure government to pen agreements guaranteeing their 20% of oil share in the Albertine region.

Uganda has approximately 2.4 billion barrels of oil worth $7 billion (18trillion). Therefore Bunyoro wants Shs450bn from government.

President Yoweri Museveni is yet to concede to Bunyoro demands, saying oil belongs to the entire nation not a particular area.

Nevertheless, Miirima says the Banyoro youths from every district in Bunyoro-Kitara have been converging on Kampala for the last two days.

“They are to walk to Parliament with placards calling for giving priority to education in Bunyoro-Kitara so that Banyoro can compete favourably with candidates from other districts when it comes to appointing people to the lucrative posts in the oil industry,” he adds.

The youth will make it clear that top oil jobs in Uganda are occupied by non-Banyoro whereas Banyoro also have the right candidates, according to Miirima.

In the petition, the Banyoro are condemning the keeping of Bunyoro-Kitara backwards in education, infrastructure, citing the road from Hoima to Kagadi which is virtrually impassable in most periods throughout the year.


It appears Bunyoro is determined to take all necessary steps to get their share of oil revenue.

We last week exclusively reported Bunyoro-Kitara King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru last July met Tullow Oil Director and shareholder Aidan heavy, 58, in London.

Gafabusa led a powerful delegation that comprised his deputy Prime Minister Proscovia Bamutura.

Gafabusa traveled to renew his demand for the 20% share.

Bamutura informed Orukurato (Parliament) sitting in Hoima on July 14 that the Tullow boss told Gafabusa during the London meeting the people of Bunyoro had never sent him a petition of proposals on how they would like the oil industry to be operated in their kingdom.

Aidan said the people of Bunyoro are very quiet to the extent that he has never received a single complaint or proposal for economic or education development yet their region is backward and lagging in virtually every developmental project.

Aidan cited the poor infrastructure, pitiable health sector and collapsing education system in the region.

However, Bamutura informed Aidan that the Kingdom had been sending development proposals to Tullow Oil without any response.

Aidan advised the deputy Prime Minister to arrange development proposals from Bunyoro and send them to him.

Bunyoro has stepped up rhetoric, warning government of serious consequences if their demands are not met.

On January 14, Gafabusa appointed Monsignor Bonoventura Kyaligonza, a belligerent Catholic Priest of St. Cypriano Parish, Hoima Town as Prime Minister.

He replaced Yabezi Kiiza who had earlier tendered his resignation on health grounds.

The Omukama announced his decision during an emergency meeting of the Orukurato which met at Hoima, Rukurato Hall.

Kyaligonza has been the kingdom Speaker for the last ten years and his appointment was welcomed by all members of Orukurato.

His first action as the new Premier was to preside over Parliament which extensively debated the oil sector and the demand by Bunyoro for the share of oil revenue expected to be drilled in the very near future.

The sticking issue dominated the activities of the day ending in a resolution to send a high level kingdom delegation, led by Kyaligonza to Museveni over oil.


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