Total’s “project” in Uganda and Tanzania, namely the construction of a 1,444 km pipeline, dug between Lake Albert and the port of Tanga in unspoiled nature, is still contested. To the point that banks like BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole or Société Générale have declared that they would not invest in this “EACOP pipeline”. Well done to them: the Friends of the Earth, the Survie association and the Multinationals Observatory have just published, this Thursday, October 14, a terrifying survey entitled “How the French State plays into Total’s game in Uganda”.
These twenty-six pages follow on from the previous report, published last year, which recounted the living conditions there, in Uganda and Tanzania, of brutalized small farmers, but also the referral to justice from France (the action is mired in a procedural battle, the Court of Cassation must rule by the end of 2021). In this new survey, it is still a question of the 100,000 local residents concerned (referred to internally by the acronym of “PAP” – “people affected by the project”) and those already driven from their land in return for a remuneration promised for two years. years who do not arrive, deprived of their small cultivable plot.
Total in the land of black gold: the survey that overwhelms
Still question, also, of the immense healthy grounds which will be polluted, in particular the park of Murchison Fall, inestimable reserve of animals, with its elephants, its lions, its giraffe.
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