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22 Sep 2023

Just Finance International

Uganda: Soldiers confiscate fishing boats at Lake Albert, impeding local fishing for CNOOC's oil field expansion

"Fishermen boats confiscated in Uganda’s KingFisher oil field" 22 September 22 2023

A video reviewed by Just Finance International shows a group of uniformed men removing fishing boats from a shore in Lake Alberts KingFisher oil field. Community members say the boats were confiscated by members of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) in order to reduce traffic on the lake for China National Offshore Oil Corporation’s (CNOOC) expansion of their oil operations in the area.

According to Just Finance Internationals (JFI) sources, the Chinese parastatal oil company CNOOC is working together with the military to reduce boat traffic in the area due to the expanding oil operations...

According to one local community member, the KingFisher area has lately become heavily militarized with a full military detach established in the area due to the oil operations, forcing many fishermen to venture out into the waters of the DRC, exposing them to rebel hands...

Part of the following timelines

Uganda: Soldiers reportedly burn fishing boats and arrest villagers near CNOOC's Kingfisher oil operations; incl. co. non-response

Uganda: Human rights concerns over Kingfisher oil field operations