Leaders from Bunyoro region have remained ignorant about oil and gas because government refused to open up and the community believes that government could have been compromised.
This was revealed by Fenhance Kyotasobora, the Executive director Bunyoro Choice Uganda on Wednesday at Kolping hotel in Masindi town during a consultative meeting on oil and gas. The meeting that was organized by Bunyoro Choice Uganda together with Vision in Action and Mid-western Region anti-corruption coalition (MIRAC) was attended by local leaders.
Kyotasobora added that, the community thinks local leaders have been compromised and are being used to market the oil companies hence failing to provide adequate information about the state of the oil in the region.
He added that leaders from Bunyoro are supposed to provide information to the public about the state of oil in the region which is not the case. He wondered as to why Resident District Commissioners are well equipped with the information about oil and gas yet the local leaders who are directly affected by the oil activities have remained ignorant.
Isaac Rufunda, the Executive director Family Spirit challenged the leaders from Bunyoro to form a coalition that would boldly demand for all the information about oil and gas for the public to be contented with their leaders, adding that this will enable Banyoro to be empowered about oil activities in thier region.
Cosmas Byaruhanga, the LCV Chairperson Masindi district acknowledged being ignorant about the state of oil saying that access to information is limited in Uganda.
Byaruhanga added that, as leaders they need to prepare the community know how they can ably benefit from oil, a role they cannot play due to ignorance.
He blamed the government for failing to be at the fore front of information sharing before promising to form a forum of the district chairpersons and mayors in Bunyoro that will demand for adequate information from government. He called upon the people of Bunyoro to be vigilant and look for the information about the state of oil and gas in Bunyoro and share it for the benefit of the general public.