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Explaining the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP)

Despite its multiple negative effects to the environment, to the people, and human rights, the Ugandan government is still in favour of the construction of the EACOP for  its “positive” effects to the economy . However, it presents another debt trap for Uganda and we need to be very careful before we are lured into to this flattery.

The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni continues to push for this carbon bomb without weighing the environmental and climate disasters that would result, leading to events including prolonged droughts and floods which continue to sweep the country.
After stating "They are targeting my oil", Museveni was quoted while addressing his supporters in 2015 regarding his political opponents who he feared were contesting against him for "his oil". Museveni has since gone ahead to meet with the EACOP investors and deal personally with them instead of using the country's institutions that are meant to handle the matters.
There's a long record of corruption and embezzlement scandals associated with many officials of Museveni's government and one wonders if the oil money will really benefit "omuntu wawansi" the ordinary Ugandan or the money will end up being theirs just like they claim the oil to be.
With a country that's already sinking in debts, borrowing more money to finance Uganda's share in the project puts the country in a very difficult financial situation. As global trends set the precedent for renewable energy, projections show that oil prices will fall, meaning that Uganda will get less revenue and resulting in the country having another huge loan to pay off because there's no guarantee that the oil money will pay off both the debt and bring about economic boost at the same time.

The exaggerated jobs that the project will provide are also not something that will really go to Ugandans, as already seen Total has awarded another French company Bolloré Logistics the deal to provide logistics.
Local firms will miss out on these jobs that were promised because the investors want tried and tested multinational companies.
Besides the very many climate and environmental problems that the EACOP will create like extreme droughts that threaten the livelihoods of many Ugandans that deepen on agriculture and fisheries, it will also cause economic and social problems 
The government continues to threaten, arrest, brutalize climate activists and deny them media space to talk about EACOP's impacts because it's not acting transparently.
The impacts created by EACOP will be irreversible and the price to pay can't be paid by the expected profits
The truth is EACOP is not going to cause any cuts in fuel prices or provide the much talked about jobs to Ugandans or boost the economy.

Written by Kambugu Eria YFOP Country Mobilizer Greece and Stop EACOP coordinator with Fridays for future Uganda