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