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Total's General Manager, François Rafin. (Photo: Beatrice Ongode)

Taxes a bigger problem than poor infrastructure-Total Boss

 François Rafin is the new General Manager at Total E&P Uganda. He has worked for Total for over 35 years. Oil in Uganda spoke to him about his posting to Uganda and his plans to see first oil during his tenure.

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Secrecy plague invades Tanzania too

The price governments pay for transparency is much lighter and affects only the minority-specifically rogue politicians and connected greedy business people.

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Gilbert Manyireki leans on his new car. In the background is his commercial building in Nzorobi village. (Photo: F. Mugerwa)

Compensation breeds another Hoima millionaire

When forty one-year old Gilbert Manyireki received one hundred and twenty five million shillings in his account, he was overwhelmed by varying emotions.

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A woman displays a piece of impure gold after the 'washing' process. To purify it, its heated using a burner to remove the mercury.

Mercury in mining: A poisoned chalice

In the quest to eke out a living, artisanal gold miners in Uganda are risking their lives and slowly poisoning every living thing around them.

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Fred Musinguzi with Tullow Officials at the construction site of the Kyehoro health centre. (Photo: F.Mugerwa)

Local content: Hoima businessman defies the odds

As locals in the oil-rich Albertine region lament about failing to access business opportunities in the oil and gas industry, one of them seems to have penetrated the notorious local content 'wall of steel.’ 

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A (usually small) company that prospects for oil in areas where there has been little or no previous exploration.  If wildcatter companies strike oil they usually sell their rights over it to bigger players and move on.

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