The Parliament of the European Union has come out to order East African countries Uganda and Tanzania to immediately stop the construction of the oil pipeline between the two countries.
Uganda and Tanzania are in the process of constructing the East African Crude Oil Pipeline.
This is meant to transport oil from the Western part of Uganda to the Tanga seaport of Tanzania.
However, an EU resolution advised the two counties to halt the process immediately pointing to environmental concerns and human rights abuses.
Further, the EU told its members states not to extend any diplomatic, financial, or other support to Uganda’s oil and gas projects.
This is something that was highly criticized by the Deputy speaker of Uganda’s Parliament, Hon Thomas Tayebwa.
According to the Ruhinda north county MP, this move is aimed at cutting Uganda’s oil and gas developments plus the socio-economic growth and development.
“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,” Tayebwa said.
“It is imprudent to say that Uganda’s oil projects will exacerbate climate change, yet it is a fact that the EU bloc with only 10 percent of the world’s population is responsible for 25 percent of global emissions, and Africa with 20 percent of the world’s population is responsible for 3 percent of emissions. The EU and other western countries are historically responsible for climate change. Who then should stop or slow down on development of natural resources? Certainly not Africa or Uganda,” he added.
While speaking about this development a while ago, President Museveni said that the income from the oil and gas would go a long way in promoting the country and region’s economic development.