Uganda: Columnist says rural fishing communities benefiting from Chinese investment in oil sector
Author: Francis Mugerwa, in Oil in Uganda, Published on: 27 May 2016
"Chinese investment transforms rural fishing communities"
Thirty nine year old Kenneth Rwakatiina had never dreamt of building a permanent house. The herdsman and his family lived in two mud and wattle houses-one for each of his two wives and their children, in Nsonga village, Kyangwali Sub-County, Hoima district. “I had grass thatched houses on a 100-acre piece of land. When my properties were affected by the road, CNOOC Uganda built me these two permanent houses,” he said, proudly gesturing towards the structures. “Oil is so far a blessing to me.”
Rwakatiina’s family is one of the four families that were displaced by the new access road to the Kingfisher oil field on the shores of Lake Albert in Buhuka Parish, Kyangwali Sub-County. The families were resettled on alternative pieces of land of their choice and CNOOC Uganda Ltd constructed a three-bed roomed permanent house for each of them...
In Hoima district, CNOOC Uganda Ltd has set up a community relations team which does mobilization, consultation and engagement with the community, information sharing and grievance handling. “With this varied spectrum of stakeholders engaged, it ensures that information about the company in regards to planned, ongoing and executed activities is widely disseminated and understood by everyone and they are able to appreciate at what stage the company is in regard to the development of the oil and gas industry in Uganda,” explains Bukenya.
Related companies: CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation)