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Uganda: 2 killed on disputed land allegedly leased to McAlester Energy Resources; company says it had cancelled lease with landowners

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Article
1 December 2014

Uganda: 2 burned to death on property allegedly leased to McAlester Energy Resources to construct oil waste management facility

Author: Shifa Mwesigye, in The Observer (Uganda)

"Oil: land grabs fuel deaths in Hoima" 28 October 2014

Two people were burnt to death on a disputed piece of land in Hoima that has been leased to McAlester Energy Resources Limited to construct an oil waste management facility. The couple, Enock Darakarim Buchali and Yunis Akumu, was discovered on the morning of October 10 in Rwamutonga village, Bugambe sub-county, Hoima district. Their bodies were lying together in the ashes. The land in question is being contested in court after some 150 families were evicted by businessman Joshua Tibagwa and his daughter Robinah Kusiima...Allegedly, on the morning of the murder, Buchali was negotiating with Tibagwa to buy his small plot of land for Shs 25m. They could not agree on a figure and multiple witnesses claim that Tibagwa threatened Buchali with violence. The next morning Bucahli and Akumu were found burnt to death amidst the ashes of their hut. The police in Hoima has arrested about five people in connection with the arson.

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Company response
30 November 2014

[PDF] McAlester Energy Resources response

Author: McAlester Energy Resources

 

On the 14th of September 2014, after learning of the eviction carried out by landownerJoshuTibagwanRobinaKusiima and the resulting claims of 170 families, registered in the Masindi High Court, McAlester Energy Resources canceled its lease agreement on Block 5 Plot 34 measuring 282 hectares located in Rwamutonga, Hoima district.

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