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Hoima-Tanga Pipeline Route Cost Rising, Muloni

The minister for energy and mineral development Irene Muloni has expressed fears that the cost of transport Uganda’s crude from Hoima in western Uganda to international market through Tanga port in Tanzania could be costly. She also hinted that that emerging cost from the prior estimation is failing negotiations between government and oil companies.

“One of the reasons for choosing the Hoima-Tanga route was because it was the least costly, not more than $12.2 per barrel of oil transported through the pipeline. That was the understanding and agreement,” the minister told reporters in Tanzania after a bilateral meeting between Uganda and Tanzania.

"But down the road as we are trying to finalise the [negotiations] the financial model brought out different issues, which were going to go beyond what we had agreed upon and therefore that held us back. We needed to negotiate and discuss and agree so that [the companies] are able to move again,” she revealed further to the reporters in Dar es Salaam last Friday.

"As the Ugandan government we have been able to communicate with the companies what our expectations are, and now we have to harmonise our understanding with the government of Tanzania so that each one of us enters into the Host Government Agreement (HGA) with the pipeline companies so that work can commence.”

Uganda has set a new deadline for first oil as new issues between oil companies and government keep emerging. Government have not only delivered the much awaited final investment decision, they are yet to complete key FEED studies.

Report Says Miners Not Paying Karamoja Royalties

A report by conducted in April by Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO) and Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability (UCCA) reveals that minng companies are paying the 3 percent royalty levy to land owners in Karamoja as stipulated in the Mining Act.

"Royalty payments often do not reach landowners and payment problems are compounded by the complex nature of land. There is lack of clarity as to where these payments should go in those cases where mined land is communally owned," Ms Phillo Aryatwijuka, the programme officer ECO, is quoted by Daily Monitor.

Many communities in the region, she said, were not receiving their royalties due to the communal nature of land whose rightful owners could not be verified legally. Communities in areas around Tororo Cement mining Limestone, for instance, have never received their 3 per cent in royalties.

To solve the problem, ECO and UCCA suggested that the communities organise themselves in groups to acquire communal land titles.

Artisanal and Small scale mining in Karamoja is one of the biggest economic activities in the region employing 20,000 miners with 54,000 direct and induced labourers. A total of 432,000 people in households depend on incomes from ASM.

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Comedy Settles In At Speke Hotel’s Rock Bar & Grill

With a lineup of the leading comedians in the country, Rock Comedy happening every Tuesday at Speke Hotel’s Rock Bar & Grill has steadily become the home of comedy in Kampala and Uganda at large.

Every Tuesday, the country’s best comedy acts queue up to perform at Rock Comedy and last Tuesday, it was not any different. The night kicked off early with a number of musicians taking to the stage with an assortment of some the world’s best music renditions.

Witih a line up of comedians MC Mariachi Comedian, Musiimenta Ronnie McVex, The Talkers, Snake and Zolo, Jajja Wasswa, and the Magician and host Kasuku from Spark TV, Rock Bar cracked up in laughter as the picture below suggest.

Photos: When Speke Resort Hosted Ginuwine

Speke Resort Munyonyo offered music lovers an early Christmas when it hosted celebrated American RnB singer Ginuwine, real names Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, at the Johnnie Walker Soul Safari concert, on 1st December, 2018.

Like many events that are organized and hosted at Speke Resort, Ginuwine’s concert was a master piece and will go down in history as one of the most amazing music show to grace Ugandan entertainment industry.

Before Ginuwine hit the stage, Ugandan artistes like Maurice Kirya, Meddy, Naava Grey, Aziz Azion, Kenneth Mugabi and Tonya Michelle Ahenda entertained revelers many of whom are 90s kids and well understood Ginuwine’s music and songs. Below are some of the photos captured.

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