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 MPs were bribed to fail Oil Bill says President Museveni"I have written to the IGG about this because it's wrong for politicians not to declare any gift of economic value,” Museveni said as he reeled off a number of NGOs he said are fronting foreign interests through funding these workshops. The NGOs included PFOG, NAPE, Globe Alert, ACODE, CECOG, and AFiego.

When asked about the matter, Frank Mulamuzi executive director National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) said: We are not being used by anybody, this country belongs to all of us and not only one person saying we are being used by donors to promote their interests is not right. Where government gets its money is where we also get our funding, we all want to benefit from this resource."

 Civil society demands referendum on Mabira Forest giveawayOfficials from Mehta Group of companies and the Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited in whose favour Museveni wants 7,100 hectares to be degazetted also attended the meeting.

"The battle for Mabira is going to be won or lost in Parliament," said Frank Muramuzi, the executive director of the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE).

He called on the public to put pressure on their MPs, the ministers and Mehta to stop the Mabira giveaway.

 Judge calls for oversight of oil explorationThe Retired Supreme Court judge, George Kanyeihamba, has asked the Government to establish an oil commission to oversee the management of oil exploration in the country.

Kanyeihamba was speaking during the commissioning of the sustainability school run by the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE).

 Kalangala is Sitting on a Time BombThanks to NEMA’s efforts and NGOs like NAPE, a number of wetlands like the ones along the Kampala-Masaka road have not yet been destroyed.

The hot and humid weather conditions that one would expect to find at the Equator crossing at Mbizinya-Buwama is no more because of climate change.

This has been made worse by the Government’s choice to replace natural forests with artificial man-made systems. The result is that widespread prolonged droughts have engulfed a large part of the country causing famine, hunger and starvation.

 Activists oppose Hima quarry projectDuring a stakeholders’ meeting at Hotel Africana in Kampala over the weekend, the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), presented a draft report which indicated that mining activities at the Dura quarry are prohibited by the law. This is because the quarry is in a national park.

Titled: “Assessment of policy, legal and institutional framework for proposed mining of limestone at Dura quarry, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda,” the report was conducted by Future Dialogues International Consultants.