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 little fanfare.
When the heat dies down in the latest bloodletting in South Sudan, Africa’s newest state, it should not be obscured that above all that oil and corruption helped fuel the crisis. In most East African capitals like Kampala, South Sudanese have boosted real estate and investments in luxury goods as their elite gormandized on shared
Over the last several weeks while researching the potential implications of drilling in the environmentally sensitive Albertine Graben I had several conversations with geologists and professional environmentalists. One of the questions I asked in particular about drilling under the Lake Albert bed is what happens in case of shifts on the teutonic plates under the
President Yoweri Museveni has assented to the second petroleum [ Petroleum Refining, Conversion, Transmission and Storage] bill otherwise known as the “Midstream” bill. It will now be an Act of parliament for 2013, according to knowledgeable sources. This leaves the Public Finance Bill also known as the revenue management bill for the oil sector as the only
IN SUMMARY The availability of direct project funds from sources like the Exim Bank of China, as well as the willingness of Uganda’s leaders to creatively leverage its future on oil reserves, has created a unique moment in the country’s relations with traditional donors. Funding shortfalls, however, have forced the government to bargain with donors
After over two months, Uganda’s publicly contested upstream oil bill is not law. The law is not even on the President’s desk. According to sources in the Ugandan parliament, after the bill was passed in December last year, a final text for the President’s signature run into a snag after disagreements on its wording. MP
Power briefly wavered on February 12, Valentines Day. This year the commercial holiday seemed more present. At Hotel Africana in the middle of Kampala, a special dinner was being promoted (with a reminder that accommodation rates would be reduced). The hotel has expanded over the years in an unwieldy fashion. But then development within the
In Luo folklore, two feuding brothers, Gipir and Labong, quarreled and split ways. Labong had been was forced to risk his life and replace a spear belonging to his brother Gipir he had in the heat of passion thrown at an elephant. In revenge when Gipir’s daughter accidentally swallowed some beads belonging to him, he