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HRD Attack

22 Oct 2021

Mercy Nuwamanya - Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO)

Incident date
22 Oct 2021
Date accuracy
All Correct
Mercy Nuwamanya
Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO)
Environmental concerns group
Arbitrary detention
Target: Individual
Location of Incident: Uganda
TotalEnergies (formerly Total) France Oil, gas & coal, Energy
Tullow Oil United Kingdom Oil, gas & coal
Hoima Sugar Factory (part of Rai Holdings Private Limited) Uganda Sugar, Agriculture/food/beverage/tobacco/fishing: General
Rai Holdings Private Limited (Rai Group) Mauritius Sugar, Agriculture/food/beverage/tobacco/fishing: General
East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Ltd. United Kingdom Oil, gas & coal
Other actors


On 22 October 2021, six Ugandan rights campaigners from Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), namely CEO Dickens Kamugisha, assistant communications officer Rachael Amongin, accountant Catherine Twongyeirwe, Mercy Nuwamanya, Paul Kato and Patrick Edema, were arrested reportedly without formal charge. Rights group allege that the arrests are aimed to silence their criticism of energy projects including the Tilenga oil project, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), operated by Total, Tullow, and CNOOC, and a proposed refinery. Recently, AFIEGO had also filed a case against the approval of the environmental and social impact assessment report of Hoima Sugar Limited.