The desire for a stronger oil and gas law was not totally lost when parliament endorsed a clause granting tight ministerial control over licensing of oil and gas. Onesmus Mugenyi, the Deputy Executive Director of Advocates Coalition for Development (ACODE), says the civil society still managed to sail through parliament some good clauses that would promote accountability and transparency in the oil sector.
Ministers on Friday refused to submit to the committee set up by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to investigate the disruption of parliamentary proceedings earlier this week. The ministers say the committee on rules, privileges and discipline has no moral authority to summon them.
The appointment of a Ugandan national as General Manager of Tullow Oil has drawn mixed reactions with sections of the public saying the management of the countryâ€™s oil resource could be heading to a right direction. Tullow Oil Uganda on Monday announced the appointment of Jimmy Mugerwa as General Manager of its operations in the country.
There was drama at Riviera Hotel in Hoima this morning when Major Roland Kakooza Mutale showed up at a meeting convened by the parliamentary committee on natural resources to hold consultations with local leaders, Bunyoro Kingdom officials and civil society organizations. Mutale stormed the meeting in the company of six other unidentified people.
Clerics under the Inter-religious Council of Uganda have called for the streamlining of the powers given to the Minister under the Petroleum Bills now before the natural resources committee of parliament.
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC leader, Colonel Kizza Besigye, has backed the storming of parliament by Bunyoro King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru saying it shows that the kingdom is disappointed by the way oil transactions are being made.
Government has finally tabled the long awaited bill seeking to regulate the oil and gas sector. Kamanda Bataringaya, the Minister of State in charge of Minerals tabled the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill 2012 on Wednesday.