A resolution by the European Union parliament demanding that Uganda stops its pursuit of becoming an oil producer rubbed President Yoweri Museveni the wrong way.
Commenting on the issues raised by the EU parliament, President Museveni mildly threatened TotalEnergies, the French oil company and lead investor in the country’s oil and gas industry.
“We should remember that TotalEnergies convinced me about the Pipeline idea; if they choose to listen to the EU Parliament, we shall find someone else to work with,” President Museveni said in a brief state on the matter.
The EU resolution matter was raised on the flow of parliament by deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa, who, in a lengthy submission, described it as a form of neo-colonialism and economic racism.
Other members of parliament followed suit in rebuking the EU. And now, President Museveni has assured Ugandans that the country will go ahead with its oil plans. “Either way, we shall have our oil coming out by 2025 as planned. So, the people of Uganda should not worry,” the president said.
The EU parliament want Uganda to stop in its endeavour of extracting its 6.2bn barrels of oil discovered in the Albertine Graben over the environment and social and human rights issues.
Uganda, and especially the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project, has been harsh global reception from climate change activists who are against further extraction and use of fossil fuels.