TotalEnergies exasperated with slow pace of Museveni's approvals needed for Tilenga
Unlike its neighbour Tanzania, Uganda is incapable of making decisions in a hurry. Everything has to go through Museveni.
The hydrocarbons ministry has become the most sought after administration in the country as Uganda waits for the start of crude oil exports from Lake Albert. The post of secretary general, which is particularly under pressure, has a new incumbent.
By appointing Ruth Ssentamu as energy and mineral development minister, the Ugandan president has put this key post in the hands of a trusted and devoted collaborator. With her highly political, non-technical profile, she will have the job of dealing with opposition calls for greater transparency over oil contracts.
Wanting to push ahead with the development of the Lake Albert fields that Tullow Oil and Heritage Oil discovered since 2006 and are presently under Tullow/Total and Cnooc's watch, President Yoweri Museveni made pivotal changes to Uganda's top oil staff [.