Museveni fears fuel shortage after turning down Russian oil
Under pressure from the United States, Uganda has declined to import fuel from Russia, but its reserves are now getting dangerously low.
TIPER, the joint venture between Oryx Energies and the Tanzanian state, will soon be lead by an industry player who is not to the liking of the country's powerful intelligence services. Their negative appraisal, normally not ignored by politicians, was not enough to stop the appointment.
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.
The Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni is still determined to see through the Kabaale refinery project, even though there is now no chance that an investment decision will be taken prior to the 2021 presidential election in which he is intending to stand for a new term.