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  • Stop! Civil society objects to first competitive bidding round

    Today, a group of nine civil society organisations working in Uganda released a joint statement expressing concern over the decision by the Government of Uganda to continue with the planned bidding round for six oil blocks despite the absence of critical regulatory institutions and mechanisms required by law. Read More

  • Bunyoro leaders demand for more

    The King of Bunyoro, His Majesty Solomon Gafabusa Iguru displays a precious stone. The Kingdom hopes to use royalties to boost household incomes in the Region (Photo: Francis Mugerwa)

    Leaders from the oil-rich Bunyoro Kingdom want Parliament to review the recently-passed oil laws and include clauses that will empower the Kingdom and people in the region to realise economic benefits from the exploitation of oil and gas resources. Read More

  • Mining Indaba: The two conflicting agendas

    Activists march through the streets of Cape Town en route to the Convention Center where the Invest in Africa Mining Indaba is taking place (Photo: C. Musiime)

    Two very important events opened simultaneously yesterday in Cape Town, South Africa: One is Africa’s biggest and most attended meeting on mining, the Invest in Africa Mining Indaba, which is taking place at the International Convention Center. Read More

  • Hoima evictions: One woman’s horror

    Beatrice Ngonzebwa sits outside her demolished home (Photo: S.Mwesigye)

    Seventy-year old Beatrice Ngonzebwa balances her frail body with difficulty as she walks through the wreckage of what has been her home for the last fifty years, finally clutching onto a door frame, the only structure left standing of her mud and wattle house. Read More

  • Companies fleecing Uganda billions in fake invoicing

    Uganda could have lost up to 2.43 billion dollars in tax revenue over the last ten years due to ‘trade misinvoicing’, a new report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington DC-based research and advocacy organization has revealed.  Read More

  • Lack of information hindering transparency

    L-R: Hon. Peter Lokeris, Hon. Michael Mawanda and the Anti Corruption Coalition’s Abbas Kigozi

    Civil society and Parliamentarians have criticised the Uganda government for with holding information on the oil and gas industry, arguing that it hinders governance of the sector. Read More

  • Transparency activists welcome Tullow disclosure

    Publish What You Pay Uganda Champion, Winnie Ngabiirwe

    Tullow Oil’s publication this week of payments the company has made to different governments in the 24 countries it operates worldwide, including Uganda, has been applauded by transparency activists as a breakthrough in the pursuit of full transparency in the extractives sector. Read More

  • Ethiopia, USA join EITI; Uganda stalling

    EITI Board Chair, Clare Short

    The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Board, meeting in Oslo today, has conditionally admitted Ethiopia, United States of America and Papua New Guinea to the voluntary global transparency Standard. Read More

  • EITI still a priority, says government

    Energy Minister, Irene Muloni, re-affirms government’s commitment to joining EITI at the EITI annual conference in Sydney, Australia last year. Despite repeated assurances from government, no progress has been made towards joining the voluntary transparency initiative.

    The Norwegian government has refuted claims that it has withdrawn funding support to facilitate Uganda’s joining the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). Read More

  • Aggrieved refinery residents to sue government

    Some of the Kabale Parish residents who turned up to register their complaints about the compensation process last year. Some of them are now threatening to sue the government.

    Some of the aggrieved residents of Kabaale parish, Hoima district who are dissatisfied with the ongoing compensation have issued a notice threatening to sue the Attorney General of Uganda, accusing the government of violating their rights and awarding them inadequate compensation. Read More