EACOP: Uganda claims its right to develop its fossil fuels

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

By David Soler, Soraya Aybar, Pablo Garrigós
Posted on Monday, 21 November 2022 13:53

Heavy trucks and backhoes are working to complete the international airport promised as part of the social and economic package in Uganda. The works began in 2018 and it is expected to be operational by the end of 2023, becoming an industrial engine for the area. Photo taken on 10 October 2022 (Pablo Garrigós)

The European Parliament’s resolution against the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) has received criticism in East Africa as European countries face an energy crisis and search for alternative sources.

This is part 4 of a 7-part series

 “I thought ‘maybe there has been a misconception or maybe they are biased’. I was confused […],” says Rahma Nantongo, a 23-year-old Geology and Petroleum Studies student at Makerere University. Sitting in a café in Kampala, she couldn’t hide her dismay when talking about the European parliament’s resolution condemning the EACOP.

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