Museveni Meets Bunyoro King Amid Demands For Oil Revenue Share
President Yoweri Museveni has Sunday met and held discussions with the Omukama of Bunyoro Kingdom Solomon Gafabusa Iguru at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district.
The two leaders discussed matters of mutual interest concerning the region and Bunyoro in particular.
Omukama Iguru was accompanied by the Second Deputy Premier Henry Muganwa Kajura who is also the Hoima Municipality Member of Parliament and members of the Bunyoro kingdom.
The meeting comes amid a sustained campaign on government to grant Bunyoro 12% of oil revenues.
The Banyoro elite - comprising intellectuals, businessmen, scholars and government officials recently converged at Ndere Centre in Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb to drum up support for a huge share of oil revenues.
The Banquet was reminiscent of night meetings held by Jews in the early 1900s between Weizmann and David Ben Gurion to brainstorm on forming the new state of Israel.
Uganda expects to generate $ 2bn per year for the 25-30 years from oil wells located in Bunyoro.
“We are expecting 2.5bn barrels. When the drilling starts, Uganda will get 200,000 to 300, 000 barrels of oil per day. This is a case you cannot just gloss over. We should bring spears and nets to hunt down and trap this animal called oil,” said Dr Fred Muhumuza, a senior economist with the Ministry of Finance, during the banquet.
“We must trap it and share it between the dog, the hunter and spear man. Every year, Uganda will be reaping Shs2bn dollars for 25-30 years. We should not target jobs of drivers and selling potatoes,” he charged.
During the banquet, members agreed to press government until it agreed to disburse Shs450bn from Shs18 trillions government will get from oil.
Muhumuza said the funds would be injected in infrastructure, health and education sectors to uplift the living conditions of Bunyoro.
One of the kingdom officials said there are only 44 secondary schools in the whole of Bunyoro and 4 in Buliisa district - from Kako to Muzizi.
“How do you build a human resource bank when the Primary Seven dropout rate among girls stands at 68%?” she wondered.
“Girls are getting married at 12 years. We must advocate and lobby. This oil must benefit us. Without infrastructure, our products will never get market. We got independence in 1962 and NRM has been in power for almost three decades but 90% of the roads are pathetic. It takes me five hours to travel from Kampala to Buliisa because of poor roads. Without infrastructure, we will remain a backward society,” she added.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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