According to the reports, the CSOs have raised an alarm that the deal which was signed by President Museveni, Samia and oil companies in Uganda did not observe the required protocols. The organizations have argued that a number of issues were not looked into when signing the pact.
Among the protocols, the CSOs say, that have been flouted is that the pact was signed without consulting the populations surrounding the area. They say that these populations will be affected since no safety guarantees have been put in place.
They also argue that DR Congo is not involved in the deal since the oil fields are located along the Uganda- DR Congo border.
Besides, the CSOs say, the two governments signed a deal without addressing key issues adding that there was no transparency involved in signing this agreement. Social and environmental impacts have not been considered according to the CSOs. The climate change issue, the organizations say, has also been ignored.
The pipeline oil deal that will see Uganda and Tanzania mutually benefiting was initiated by the late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli who died mid last month. The deal was then postponed till April 11th 2021, when it was then signed by President Museveni and Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu.