Ugandan Government Should Address Plight of Oil Refinery Affected Families

By Doris Atwijukire

Last week, President Museveni attended the United Nations General Assembly where the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), were formally adopted. Many speakers at the summit, including Pope Francis, made calls for the protection of the poor and the vulnerable.

The SDGs are meant to replace the Millennium Development Goals – launched in 2000 to make global progress on poverty, education, health, hunger and the environment, which have now expired.

In Uganda, we still have a long way to go as far as even development is concerned. As countries begin implementing the SDGs, we need to recognise that majority of Ugandans still live on less than $1.25 a day – the World Bank measure on poverty. Women are still fighting for their rights, and the numbers of mothers dying as a result of pregnancy-related complications remain high. Hunger also remains a challenge in the country. Currently, Karamoja sub-region is most affected with a number of deaths reported.


Ms Atwijukire works with Africa Institute for Energy Governance.