Petroleum Authority Boss Promises Sector Transparency

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Kiryowa Kiwanuka, one of the members of the National Petroleum Authority Board Olive Eyotaru

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The Petroleum Authority chairperson, Dr. Jane Mulemwa says her mission will be to ensure that oil sector information is available to the public to avoid any suspicion.

The oil sector requires clear and transparent systems if Uganda is to benefit from its gains, Dr. Jane Nambakire Mulemwa, newly vetted chairperson of the National Petroleum Authority has said.

Dr. Mulemwa, who was on Monday approved by the Appointments Committee of Parliament to head the new authority, says once in office, her resolve is to ensure that corruption tendencies do not infiltrate the authority's operations. 

She says her focus will be on recruitment of well trained staff with vast experience in the oil sector, without undue influence from the political class.

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Sources within the committee told URN that the MPs were impressed with her academic qualifications and affirmed her appointment. 

Dr. Mulemwa holds a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry from Makerere University, and a Ph.D in Chemistry from the Queen's University of Belfast.

Also approved to sit on the authority board are city lawyer, Kiwanuka Kiryowa and Engineer Patrick Nakoko Masuba. 

Kiryowa says the board will look at using oil resources for the benefit of all stakeholders, especially ordinary Ugandans.

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The authority is set up under the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act 2013. It is mandated to license, regulate, as well as supervise exploration, harvesting, refining, marketing and disposal of petroleum products in the country.


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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.