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EACOP project critics should keep quiet

UGANDA and Tanzania are now undertaking a major historic project involving the construction of what is known as the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

The 1,443 km pipeline will transport crude oil from Uganda to Chongoleani in Tanga, Tanzania. Economic experts have said the construction of the pipeline will lead to a substantial rise in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for both countries.

Over 3.5 Billion USD investment capital associated with the construction and operation of the Pipeline will be directly injected into the economies of Uganda and Tanzania, increasing their FDI by over 60 per cent during the construction phase.

The project will be constructed and operated through a pipeline company with shareholding from the Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), and the two oil companies, TOTAL ENERGIES and CNOOC.

Economic experts further state that the oil pipeline will unlock East Africa’s oil potential by attracting investors and companies to explore the potential in the region. As the two East African nations - Uganda and Tanzania- day in day out pull their resources in their quest to ensure the mega oil project succeeds a few individuals have started making negative comments or claims against the project.

Very unfortunately these voices appear to be coordinated by certain individuals or activists from within East Africa in the name of human rights and climate change/environment.

What we would like to tell these anti EACOP activists is that after the project was conceived Tanzania and Uganda took all the necessary steps, including carrying out a survey for the route of the pipeline and an Environmental Impact Assessment( EIA).

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, in one of the meetings involving top leaders, was quoted as saying that for any country to advance it has to use its own resources to the maximum.

Uganda, now has discovered vast oil reserves, a potential resource to catapult its development just like the way Tanzania exploits its mineral resource for the benefits of all Tanzanians.

In short, there are a number of oil/ gas projects taking place in the world but we don’t hear criticism from activists, except these voices from some few individuals/activists that target EACOP project.

East Africans should come together to fight for the development of their region instead of some accepting to dance to the tunes of foreign powers. It’s high time we stood united as East Africans or else we will fall. But, we are proud that our leaders in Uganda and Tanzania are determined to ensure EACOP project succeeds.

Thank You TPDF

ON December 9th this year, Tanzanians will ...

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