Oil compensation money splits families [Uganda]

Author: Francis Mugerwa, Daily Monitor (Uganda), Published on: 15 July 2013

Compensation offered by oil companies...for property destroyed during oil exploration operations have resulted into bitter misunderstandings in recipient families...The Buliisa District Land Board Secretary, Mr Godfrey Businge, says traditionally, communities...give more powers to husbands, who are family heads, to dictate affairs in a home. “It is unfortunate and unacceptable that communities do not allow married women to own property in a home. This explains why compensation money is often confiscated from wives by their respective husbands” Mr Businge says. He adds: “Out of every 100 land applications received in this district, only two to three are filed by women.”...“In instances where benefits have been realised, gender bias has prevailed with risks such as environmental and social harm falling heavily on women. Ms Ngabirwe says. [refers to Total, Tullow Oil & CNOOC]

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Related companies: CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation) Total Tullow Oil