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New East African oil pipeline may win political hearts, but has the potential to put communities at great risk.

For the last year, Uganda has been caught in a love triangle.  Harboring precious oil resources in its Lake Albert region, Uganda has been the subject of intense courtship from its neighbors, Kenya and Tanzania, over which of the two countries would host the longest, heated oil pipeline to the sea. For many months, Kenyan President Kenyatta’s government – and the British oil company, Tullow – were claiming that there was an MOU for the pipeline to go the northern route, ending at the coastal town of Lamu.  Unbeknownst to Kenyatta, the Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, was also, surreptitiously in talks about a deal with Tanzanian President John Magufuli.  Awkward.

Read more on the pipeline here via Oxfam's Politics of Poverty Blog!

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