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  • “President Museveni’s Advisors misleading him on value addition”

    Mr. Sasiirwe Jonny

    Sasiirwe Jonny is the National Chairman of the Artisanal and Small Scale Miners Association in Uganda. He has been involved in mining for over 26 years and owns the Kasita Mining Company in Mubende District.  He talked to Oil in Uganda about working in an industry that he joined at the age of 24, shortly after the NRM regime came to power through a guerrilla war that he took part in. Read More

  • Oil agriculture

    Oil and gas may be seen as the in-thing for cash-hungry governments in Africa, but agriculture will outlast it. 

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  • Image: RVR repairs

    Invest oil money in infrastructure, health-Survey

    A 2012 photo showing repairs to the railway network operated by RVR in Kenya and Tanzania. Whereas such infrastructure upgrades are vital for the oil and gas sector, some Ugandans would like the government to invest oil proceeds in upgrading rural road networks.

    A survey commissioned by Oil in Uganda in Western and Central Uganda has revealed that a bigger percentage of Ugandans there would like the government to invest oil proceeds in improving road and transport infrastructure.  Read More

  • “Compulsory acquisition of land is the last option”

    Kato Vincent is the Principal Exploration Geologist in charge of designing and implementing exploration programs in the Department of Geological Survey and Mines in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. Oil in Uganda talked to him about the mining sector in Uganda. Read More

  • “Oil money should fund agriculture”

    Prof. Zerubabel Nyiira Mijumbi (Photo: Nalubega F.)

    Prof. Zerubabel Nyiira Mijumbi is the outgoing State Minister for Agriculture who has just been appointed Junior Fisheries Minister. He spoke to Oil in Uganda about how the extractives sector can facilitate the growth of agriculture and avoid the so-called Dutch Disease. Read More

  • Zambia: Mining companies threaten to leave over tax

    Zambians have for long felt that the country does not benefit much from mining. In June 2014, the Zambian government announced that it would carry out a forensic audit of the mining operations of Vedanta Resources since 2007 following allegations that the company has been under-reporting production and  under-paying taxes.

    Canadian firm Barrick Gold Corporation has threatened to suspend its operations in Zambia by June and could even start laying off some of its 4,000 employees at its Lumwana mine as early as this month following the revision of the mining taxes by the Zambian government.

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  • New mining law should recognise artisanal miners, double royalties

    Mining Community Representatives from Central Region led by Rubaga MP Ken Lukyamuzi (Right) hand over their proposals to Parliamentary Commissioner Reagan Okumu at the meeting (Photo: F. Nalubega)

    Representatives of mining communities and civil society in Uganda last week handed over their proposals for amendments to the country’s mining legislation that is currently under review. Read More

  • Value addition: Presidential directive rattles miners

    A miner displays a piece of unprocessed iron ore in Kabale District. (Photo: B. Sidsel)

    A 2011 directive from President Yoweri Museveni forbidding Ugandan miners from exporting unprocessed minerals remains largely unenforced to date, with some of the miners describing it as impractical. Read More

  • Massive interest as first competitive licensing round is launched

    Energy Ministry Permanent Secretary, Kabagambe Kaliisa at the launch of the licensing round in Kampala. (Photo: F. Nalubega)

    Energy Ministry officials told media on Tuesday that 400 companies have already expressed interest in the blocks that were opened up for licensing this week in Uganda’s first competitive licensing round. Read More

  • Refinery contractor’s military links raise eyebrows

    Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of Rostec, supplied six Russian made Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighters to Uganda in a deal that was said to be worth at least US$740 million. Read More