EXCLUSIVE: Uganda King Meets Tullow Oil Boss In London Over Shs450bn
Bunyoro-Kitara King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru in July last year met Tullow Oil Director and shareholder Aidan heavy, 58, in London.
Chimpreports.com has learnt Gafabusa led a powerful delegation that comprised his deputy Prime Minister Proscovia Bamutura.
Gafabusa traveled to renew his demand for a 20% share of oil revenue in the Albertine region.
Uganda has approximately 2.4 billion barrels of oil worth $7 billion (18trillion). Therefore Bunyoro wants Shs450bn from government.
The revelation underscores fears of a possible civil conflict in the region.
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.
The development comes at a time when Bunyoro has stepped up rhetoric, warning government of serious consequences if their demands are not met.
In fact 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 President Yoweri.
Museveni is yet to concede to Bunyoro demands, saying oil belongs to the entire nation not a particular area.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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