The European Union Parliament has passed a resolution advising Uganda and Tanzania to stop the construction of East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project.
Uganda’s Parliament Condemns EU Resolution
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa has condemned a resolution from European Parliament calling on Uganda and Tanzania to stop the development of oil and gas projects.
“I condemn the motion for a resolution by the European Union Parliament that calls on Uganda and Tanzania to stop the development of the oil and gas projects in the East African region. This motion and resolution curtails progress of Uganda’s oil and gas developments,” Tayebwa said as he chaired the House.
The resolution by EU Parliament is among others premised on allegations of potential environmental impact caused by the oil and gas exploration.
“It also seeks to deny Ugandans and East Africans the benefits and opportunities from the oil and gas sector. This represents the highest form of Economic Racism against developing countries………” Thomas Tayebwa, the Deputy Speaker said.
“This represents the highest form of Economic Racism against developing countries. Various member states in the European Union continue exploring, developing, and have increased the production and use of fossil fuels in recent months,” Tayebwa noted.
The East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project (EACOP) is a pipeline that will transport oil produced from Uganda’s Lake Albert oilfields to the port of Tanga in Tanzania where the oil will then be sold onwards to world markets.
EACOP runs 1,443km from Kabale, Hoima district in Uganda to the Chongoleani Peninsula near Tanga Port in Tanzania.
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