EACOP: Whose land is it?

In depth
This article is part of the dossier: EACOP: A boon or curse for East Africa?

By Soraya Aybar Laafou, David Soler Crespo, Pablo Garrigós
Posted on Monday, 7 November 2022 13:09

Total Energies’s workers build one of the first drilling pads in the Tilenga site where over 400 oil wells will be located on 6 October 2022. This site holds three oil blocks, and two of them will be exploited by the French company. Moreover, Tilenga borders the DRC where new oil blocks will be licensed at the end of the year opening Central Africa's great reserves to the global market. (Photo: Pablo Garrigós)

Since EACOP set foot in Uganda and Tanzania, Project Affected Persons (PAPs) have cited delays and unfair compensation for their land. In Uganda, farmers fear the economic consequences of the absence of crops, whilst in Tanzania local communities lack information.

This is part 2 of a 7-part series

For a few years now, it has been common to see paved roads in and around the Ugandan city of Hoima. The contrast between the reddish dusty roads and the black concrete is striking. After several bends, inevitable potholes and a haze of dust, you find what looks like a perfectly planned and recently built residential area.

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