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15 Mai 2024

Otim Deo, GCIC (Uganda)

Uganda: Tilenga Project's Affected communities 'successfully' relocated following a court decision to evict and compensate them

" The government has relocated the final Tilenga project-affected person following court ruling" 15 May 2024

In a Press release published May 15 2024, the Gov't announced the successful relocation of Tilenga Project Affected Persons after court battle. On December 4, 2023, the government filed an application in the High Court of Uganda at Hoima against Kisembo Rugadya and 41 others who refused to relocate, seeking vacant possession of land parcels and permission to deposit assessed compensation sums in court. The court granted several orders on December 8, 2023, including an eviction order against any respondent refusing to vacate (the other 41 PAPs had already left). The final PAP was served with a notice to vacate but declined. After a 30-day notice period, the government filed for an eviction order on March 28, 2024. Despite attempts to serve the PAP and their lawyer, the PAP refused service. On April 25, 2024, the court heard the application and granted an eviction order for the 0.791-acre land in Kirama village.

The Tilenga Project, operated by TotalEnergies, CNOOC, and UNOC, has successfully relocated the final project affected person (PAP) under Resettlement Action Plan 2. According to the government, this marks a significant milestone in the land acquisition process for oil and gas activities, with 99% of the 5,900 PAPs compensated and relocated since 2017. The final PAP received compensation exceeding the value of their assets, a 30% disturbance allowance, a 30% uplift, and a modern replacement house.