Oil & Energy

  • in Oil & Energy, Politics

    Update| “Low turnout” for Uganda’s oil refinery project

    Uganda is struggling to find a decent partner for its oil refinery project in Hoima. This project is the hallmark of the country’s approach to its petroleum resources. Since oil was discovered in commercial quantities – there has been a fork in the road for investors keen to take part in exploiting the resource but...
  • in Politics, The Ugandan Reader

    Honors awards in Uganda to reach historical highs – why its important

    Since coming into force, national awards, a program of formal recognition of Ugandans whose contributions to the community reflect its best and most deserving attempts at nationalism and patriotism, has conferred 14,884 awards. Now the Ugandan parliament led by its charismatic two-time Speaker Hon. Rebecca Kadaga intends to give the standard heroes...
  • in Television, The Ugandan Reader

    Queen of Katwe and Uganda as a new film destination

    Most of Queen of Katwe (QoK), Uganda’s “Slumdog Millionaire” was shot in South Africa. The movie will delight Ugandans who know the story of Phiona Mutesi quite well. She is the girl from Katwe. This is one of the largest of the 67 slums in the capital Kampala. Against some serious odds Mutesi made a...
  • in The Ugandan Reader, Uncategorized

    In Pictures. Ululations, football and wait..politics.

    Whenever there is a sporting success, and there are a handful of games to pick from, Ugandans gush with national pride. Many times the name of the “most sportsmanlike” president Idi Amin Dada is invoked, without his crimes, and there were many. In the heat of rapture for that rare occasion Amin’s successors are chastised...
  • in Politics, The Ugandan Reader

    Excitement dims over Uganda’s oil moment

    If the announcement of oil production licenses, to the most credible consortium likely to commercialize Uganda’s oil find, had arrived two or three- or even five years ago, the accompanying euphoria could have served as the desperate morale boost that the government currently needs. Instead this significant announcement made this week passed with l...
  • in Politics

    Hoarding Kagame. Conversation starters. #UGblogweek

    Over lunch and later what us, Ugandans, refer to as “evening tea” I was asked several times about the T-shirt. As it happens, the t-shirt in question was a gift from Rwanda’s last election. It was a specially printed good quality black shirt with a black and white image of Rwanda’s president known here as...
  • in Politics

    An unofficial guide to the upcoming Election Petition ruling

    “Be on your guard against the teachers of the Law, who like to walk about in long robes and love to be greeted with respect in the market place…Their punishment will be all the worse!” Luke 20:46/47 If you are one of those who have marked the day of the Supreme Court of Uganda ruling...
  • in Politics, Television

    Will the ICC appeal to Africa’s next generation of leaders?

    I was recently in conversation with two friends. Online of course. Both are lawyers under 33 with promising careers in public service. One in fact plans to run for president one day. Despite the fact that their education and early careers have been within the donor funded civil society in Uganda both support the position...
  • in Politics, Television

    Ugandan foreign policy in the wake of Somalia

    Wrote this about a week ago ( it never went to publication) Uganda is not withdrawing from Somalia. At least not anytime soon. It is also unlikely to officially end its mission in Central Africa Republic. Rather the last I heard Ugandan peacekeeping is expanding both within the Great Lakes Region, and if one would...
  • in Television, The Ugandan Reader

    Urban Television on DSTV finally. Lessons learned.

    DSTV Uganda’s swanky offices in Kololo are a powerful statement of where the money ends up in the television business. As a content carrier the business relies almost entirely on other providers for its survival. However with its successful subscription business DSTV makes most of the money. It is part of a small cluster of...
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