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Is oil giving Hoima a new lease of life? Tracing the changing face of Uganda’s “Oil City”

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On the Journey to Hoima It’s 4:00pm and I am boarding a commuter taxi to Hoima. It’s not the first time I am travelling to Hoima and neither…

Methods of fighting oil fires

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When drilling first started firefighters had to think of ways to contain the fire. The standard practice 80 years ago was to extinguish the blowout with an explosion…

Why Museveni won’t compensate mineral-rich land owners

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In an article published by the Daily Monitor, on Thursday October 2, 2014, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said the government will change the law to allow…

5 key aspects the government should consider before signing future oil contracts

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The government is in the process of entering another phase of oil deals in which they will sign Production Sharing Agreements with oil companies for the production of…

We need less of the oil excitement and more focus on agriculture

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The discovery of oil is the kind of news that usually excites developing nations in many of which instances, the countries will focus on the prospective oil wealth…

The 2012 Oil Contracts: a good financial deal for Ugandans but without human rights and environmental safeguards

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The Government of Uganda achieved a better deal, at least in the financial sense, for its oil in the Production Sharing Agreements that the government signed in 2012….

Oil opportunities continue to elude job-hungry Ugandans

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The Petroleum (Exploration, Production and Development) Act, 2013, which became effective in April this year, was supposed to set the momentum for the growth of local content. However,…

It is a bittersweet experience for Ugandans in the country’s new oil hub

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Anaka, the small town in the newly created district of Nwoya, the latest to get added to the list of places that harbor some oil wells in Uganda,…

Why Uganda’s concession to the regional pipeline project is good news to South Sudan

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South Sudan must have been waiting with bated breath or should we say eavesdropping on the conversations between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda that have been the centre of…

Oil hunt in Ugandan national park tests Africa’s eco defences

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Reuters Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park is bisected by the majestic Nile river and boasts some of Africa’s wildlife treasures – elephants, lions and a rare giraffe sub-species….