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Uganda secures $300M for crude oil pipeline

Uganda and Tanzania are set to begin work on a massive crude oil pipeline. The two East African countries say their priority is economic development.

Juma Hamisi points to mounds of rubble spread across an open field. They are signs that a thriving community once lived in a mix of concrete and grass-thatched mud houses.

Several signs bearing the name Tanzania Petroleum Development Cooperation, a state agency, now claim ownership of the area where villagers once lived, farmed and played.

Some of the inhabitants of the Chongoleani peninsula, some 18km (11 miles) north of Tanzania’s port city of Tanga, sold their land for compensation two years ago, after the government signed a deal to construct a pipeline to transport crude oil from the shores of Lake Albert in western Uganda.

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