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Uganda: Activists Protest EU’s Resolution On the Uganda-Tanzania Oil Project


Activists stormed the European Union (EU) offices in Kampala on Tuesday protesting last week’s EU Parliament resolution to halt the Uganda- Tanzania’s proposed oil project on environmental and human rights concerns.

The activists also delivered a petition to the EU Ambassador, urging the EU to withdraw from Ugandan oil.


Uganda and Tanzania, according to group leader Frank Mawejje, are sovereign states that should be allowed to exploit their resources as they see fit.

“EU Parliament, stop ill-intentions on our oil,” one of the protestors’ placards read.

According to Mawejje, the EU has no mandate to monitor what Uganda does with its oil.


This claim, however, is false because the EU is mandated the monitoring of all its stakeholders, including TotalEnergies, which owns 62 percent of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.

The EU parliament adopted a resolution on September 15 condemning human rights violations as well as major environmental and climate risks posed by the Tilenga and EACOP projects developed in Uganda and Tanzania by French oil major Total.

The EU Members of Parliament (MEPs) noted that over 100,000 people are being forcibly evicted to make way for this mega oil project, noting that they are being denied free use of their land – and thus their livelihood – even before receiving compensation.