“The President cannot know everything”

President Museveni’s long-serving senior media adviser, John Nagenda, freely admits that he knows more about cricket than oil.   Yet, he tells Oil in Uganda in this exclusive interview, Ugandans are perhaps too inclined to forge ahead without advice—and none more so than the president.  Oil could transform Uganda, he argues, but more parliamentary oversight would […]

So you think you know about oil? And want to be a millionaire?

The Oil in Uganda team extends warm, seasonal greetings to all our readers.  Also, to entertain you in between bouts of feasting, we have prepared a little quiz to test your general knowledge of oil  in Uganda and beyond.  Doing the quiz won’t, alas, make you a millionaire, but you may glean some interesting–and some […]

New leadership for civic oil coalition

Transparency and access to information will be the key demands and objectives of the Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas (CISCO) under its newly elected Chair, Irene Sekyana. “We want to see how the coalition can be broadened out to reach grass roots people in the oil producing areas because they are vulnerable and […]

Ugandan fields not for sale, says Tullow, despite cash, tax issues

Uganda and East Africa as a whole remain “a core asset” for Tullow Oil, despite investment analysts’ speculation that the company may sell its Albertine Graben licences, and despite a new tax dispute with the Government of Uganda, according to the company’s Media Relations Manager, George Cazenove. Tullow “absolutely” intends to stay the course in […]

Museveni lashes civic critics and foreigners, praises oil scientists

Some MPs and NGOs “acting on behalf of foreign interests” are “trying to cripple and disorient the development of Uganda’s oil sector,” President Yoweri  Museveni told parliament yesterday in a combative address that played strongly to nationalistic sentiment but also proclaimed “science” as the beacon of government policy on oil. MPs Theodore Ssekikubo, Wilfred Nuwagaba […]

TOTAL expects “compromise” with government soon—but no oil for five years

International companies working Uganda’s oilfields expect to agree on a development plan with the government within the next few months, according to Loïc Laurandel, the General Manager of TOTAL Exploration and Production Uganda, but he emphasises that it will still be at least five years before oil can come on stream, and this will be […]

ACME awards oil and gas reporters

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) has awarded three Uganda journalists and recognised two others for their reporting on the oil and gas industry. Patience Atuhaire from the Uganda Radio Network carried the broadcast category prize for her piece Will Ugandan technicians get oil jobs?, while the New Vision’s Gerald Tenywa won the print […]

Oil bill: executive power finally prevails

Uganda’s Petroleum (Exploration, Development, Production) Bill completed its stormy passage through parliament on December 7 when the Deputy Speaker finally brought the matter to a vote, after a fortnight of intense lobbying and extra-parliamentary debate on contentious clauses. The controversial Clause 9, which gives control over exploration and production licensing to the minister in charge […]

Museveni edges towards victory as oil fatigue sets in

President Yoweri Museveni’s struggle to assert his authority over ruling party MPs may finally bear fruit today as parliament moves yet again to vote on the controversial Clause 9 of the Petroleum (Exploration, Development, Production) Bill, after weeks of fractious debate and procedural impasse. According to MPs, the president has himself been contacting them by […]

Parliament adjourns to consider ‘consensus’ on oil Clause 9

A defiant Parliament yesterday again refused to vote on the controversial Clause 9 of the Petroleum Bill it has been debating for the last month, but agreed to stand-over the clause for one more day to allow both sides to study a compromise position. It emerged that Energy Minister, Hon. Irene Muloni, together with some […]