The district vice chairperson Masindi district local government, Kanaginagi Ateenyi, has said that concealing oil sharing agreements by the government will breed conflicts among Ugandans because oil is a national resource and Uganda is for all people but not companies and individuals.
Kanaginagi was on Thursday speaking at Max hotel in Kigumba town council Kiryandongo district during a function to launch a book titled “Compendium of conflicts in Uganda” that contains findings to the national reconciliation and transitional justice audit done by Refugee Law Project, school of law Makerere University.
Kanaginagi said the issue of concealing oil sharing agreements has generated a lot of debates but government has remained defiant on disclosing the contents of the agreements something that will cause distrust among the people hence causing conflicts and mistrust of the government.
The district boss says disclosing oil sharing agreements does not in any way prejudice the security of the state or privacy of any one as the law regarding access to information states and asked government to come out clearly tell people what is contained in the oil sharing agreements that were signed with the oil companies.
Kanaginagi believes all the conflicts that have occurred in Uganda caused disastrous consequences including loss of lives, retarded economic development hence a need for leaders to be patriotic by considering Uganda as a common good where everyone has stake adding that, unless forgiveness and empathy are given priority, conflicts will have to continue.
“”The compendium is a very good tool to contemporary scholars and citizens and if people are to learn from history, very many conflicts will be abated in future.”
The resident district commissioner Kiryandongo district, Linos Ngompeck, noted that a lot of conflicts have emerged in the country due to disagreements on political issues but it is upon leaders to manage them appropriately.
The RDC said much as conflict may not be eliminated completely, it should be properly managed to satisfaction of worrying parties adding that when it is not properly managed, people go away with anger most especially the illiterate people in rural areas who turn paltry conflicts into serious ones.
Stephen Oola, the program manger conflict, transitional justice and governance, refugee law project Makerere university school of law disclosed that the compendium is a product of a two-year research about reconciliation and audit for peace, justice and national building that was carried out in 20 districts in between 2012/2013.
He noted that during their research it was found out that 28 rebel groups have been defeated in Uganda since 1986 to date as per the information obtained from the amnesty commission of Uganda.