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It’s raining oil dollars in Hoima

By Haggai Matsiko Foreign big-money investment frenzy in Tullow’s backyard It’s Sunday, but this town’s Main Street is beehive of activity. Nothing unusual; this is Hoima, Uganda’s oil boom town. Builders, masons, and painters can be seen everywhere hanging on wobbly wooden scaffoldings in a frenzy of construction activity. The …

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Stemming gun violence

By Haggai Matsiko Will a pact to check the illicit gun trade have an impact on Uganda? United Nations diplomats from over 190 countries, including Uganda, are at the organisation’s headquarters in New York discussing a pact to regulate the global arms trade. The Global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) would …

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Living in fear of oil waste

By Haggai Matsiko Expectations of oil cash give way to anxiety as oil waste regulations delay The presence of billions of barrels of oil – the black gold- would ordinarily arouse great expectations in the minds of people everywhere. Not so in the Albertan Graben. Increasingly, a voice of communities …

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Economy on right track- IMF

By Haggai Matsiko Thomas Richardson, the Senior Resident Representative for the International Monetary Fund who is leaving Uganda for a new posting in India in July, tells The Independent’s Haggai Matsiko about macro-economic management, managing oil money, and the need for a new generation of leaders. How has your tenure …

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National water

By Haggai Matsiko Fight over Muhairwe’s job rages on as corporation declares profits National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has just announced a Shs 10 billion profit. So why is the management at the corporation punching holes in the numbers instead of celebrating? Failure to name a new managing director …

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Chinese fever

By Haggai Matsiko When Museveni wears Beijing’s big boots On Feb. 21, the China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), acquired a third of Uganda’s newly discovered but potentially huge oil reserves in a US$ 2.9 million farm-down deal with the British firm, Tullow Oil and France’s Total. Nothing official yet, …

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Killer laughs last

By Haggai Matsiko Lawyers sneak ex-LRA commander Kwoyelo past conviction because of problematic legal framework and poor structure of war crimes division When the UPDF arrested Thomas Kwoyelo, one of the commanders of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels from the Garamba forests of DR Congo in March 2009, …

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