Reports are rife in the media and public domain about the poor and inadequate compensation and resettlement of communities and individuals that are (or likely) to be involuntarily displaced by immerging oil and gas industry.
This is not a new phenomenon in the extractive sectors word wide. Such cases are common even though they flout accepted international best practices. Unfortunately, governments world-over have connived with the investors to disenfranchise their citizens. This often triggers conflict and wars.
It is, therefore, no surprise that the Banyoro people are intending to sue government for depriving them of their legal right to land as evidenced in Uganda’s local newspaper New Vision of Friday 20th September 2013 article below. Governments worldwide need to promote pro-poor people development and not only the interest of investors and multinational corporations.