Open letter to General Electric (GE) on Uganda oil
2300 Meadowvale Blvd, Mississauga,
ON L5N 5P9
General Electric has just made a very big mistake. I know it is a mistake because GE just agreed to build an oil refinery as part of a consortium in Uganda.
Jack Welch would never have authorised or agreed to such a dumb idea. We all know that Jack Welch took GE from failing to being a super company.
Why I think you have made a mistake is not because you moved away from turbines and regular things but is because Jack moved GE from when it was failing to where it is now. GEITS became one of the most respectable companies in North America. GEITS in fact was providing some of the best IT training in Canada when I was still a learner.
GE took over capital cards and credit cards for many big companies. I remember our corporate fleet card being taken over by GE when I had mostly grown up in Peterborough Ontario where you had a very big plant that was making turbines. Nevertheless, I learned Remedy and Siebel (CRM) at your location in Mississauga. My respect for GE has always been very high.
What is concerning me now is why GE would agree to build an oil refinery in Uganda, a country that is very well known for human rights abuses. Uganda is the epitome of killings and violence and yet you, the company that most Canadians love is now in Uganda. GE is in every field possible. Healthcare, Insurance, Mortgages, Education, etc.. but of all these things you choose to expand in one of the most despotic countries on earth to build an oil refinery??
Are you willing to let your children know that you are supporting a government which sells their children into modern slavery to Arabs?
Will your shareholders accept the truth when we show them that the contract you got in Uganda involved bribes? But in case you forget, just call Barrick Gold and ask how their business is doing in Tanzania. If they do not answer you, then call BIDCO and ask how their Palm Oil is doing in Kalangala Uganda. AND if they do not answer you, then call ENI and Shell and ask them how Nigeria took them to court in Italy and forced payments for having accepted bribes for the oil in Nigeria.
GE just went into a country where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced off their land at gun point to free the land for the oil without compensation or to await compensation and you should ask why Heritage Oil (Canadian company) pulled out. You should also ask why Tullow (UK company) divested. You should also ask why the Russian consortium walked away from the oil refinery in Uganda and why South Korea walked away and now why you are the choice.
You do know that the Chinese conglomerate is contesting the contract and you should ask why CNOOC with EXIM have been in Uganda longer than you and did not get the contract but you showed up suddenly and got the contract.
I am confident that your shareholders will not be happy to learn that the thousands of families who were evicted from the Hoima (oil area) are living in IDP camps (Internally Displaced People) and why you show up suddenly and win the contract to build the oil refinery. The price that GE will pay is not worth you taking up this contract. Between the Chinese and some of us who know the corruption involved, you will not like NYSE opening up after we reveal that GE has been involved in corruption. Oh but does Jack Welch even know this?
Martha Leah Nangalama (email@example.com)
I am affiliated with Imperial Oil Ltd. and Exxonmobil but all opinions are mine and mine alone and it is public knowledge that neither of my employers has ever entertained being in Uganda oil.