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  • Which way is oil power flowing? (Part 2)

    We bring you more views from other Ugandan thinkers and public figures on how they see oil  influencing the distribution of political power in Uganda.  Read More

  • Which way is oil power flowing?

    How is oil impacting on the distribution of political power in Uganda?  Is it empowering local government and communities, or concentrating more power at the centre?  We asked a range of Ugandan thinkers and public figures “What impact is oil having on political and economic relations between the Ugandan state and local administrations and people in oil-bearing areas?”  Below are their answers. More will be published next week.  Read More

  • Police Oil Unit gets new Commander

    Gen. Kale Kayihura

    The Inspector General of Police, Gen.Kale Kayihura has appointed Ahmed Waduwa Wafuba, formerly in charge of small and light weapons at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as the new head of the force’s  Oil and Gas Operations Unit. Read More

  • How much does the ordinary Ugandan know, or care about oil?

    Oil in Uganda set out to test the knowledge and interest of a cross section of Ugandans in Kampala and Luwero, seventy kilometers north of the capital, and discovered that more than six years after Uganda confirmed commercially viable oil deposits, Ugandans appear to be as uninformed-and disinterested-about their oil and gas industry, as they were prior to the discoveries. Read More

  • Compensation remains messy, ‘noisy’ NGOs risk closure

    Mr. Tumwebaze (Left) claims he was beaten by security officials in Kabaale Parish and warned to stay away from the area.

    The heated debate at last week’s public dialogue in Kampala to discuss the progress of compensation efforts in the proposed refinery area in Hoima District has shown that the process remains contentious, as government continues to disagree with disgruntled residents, backed by some civil society organisations. Read More

  • Government remains vague on EITI

    Maria Kiwanuka (center) addresses the conference. The event was also attended by Uganda’s Second Deputy Ombudsperson, Mariam Wangadya (left) and The High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Edwards (Right)

    The Oil in Uganda Transparency Conference ended yesterday in Kampala, with government officials remaining hesitant to make a solid commitment to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Read More

  • Transparency makes business sense!

    By Peter Wandera

    Globally, we are seeing huge public demand for corporate and government accountability. Demonstrations occur every day in countries across the world to protest corrupt regimes and unethical business practices. With this intensified pressure for accountability and integrity, transparency is in high demand. Read More

  • Ex Ghana President advises on oil management

    H.E. John Kufuor

    Former Ghana President, John Kufuor, has advised Ugandan leaders to adhere to the principles of good governance if the country’s oil sector is to be sustainably managed.

    H.E. Kufuor was in Uganda last week to take part in activities to commemorate the 90 year anniversary of Makerere University. Read More

  • Refinery residents unhappy with compensation process

    Innocent Tumwebaze claims he was attacked by security officials in Kitegwa village when they found him encouraging the villagers to stand up for their rights.

    The first phase of the ongoing implementation of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) in Hoima District is facing resistance from some angry residents, with some of them threatening to take the government to court over unfair compensation of their property. They are also claiming that government agents are harassing them and coercing them into signing consent forms. Read More

  • EITI helps Nigeria clean up its act

    The Nigeria Stall at the EITI exhibition in Sydney. Nigeria has recovered billions of dollars of mismanaged funds as a result of EITI.

    Oil has long fuelled corruption in Nigeria, which currently ranks 139th out of 176 countries in Transparency International’s global ‘Corruption Perception Index.’ (The lower the rank, the more corrupt the country is perceived to be; Uganda ranks only slightly higher, at 130)

    Yet membership of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is helping to clean up the country’s oil sector, according to Faith Nwadishi and Hilary Enenche, who work for the Nigerian branch of EITI. Read More