Uganda: Museveni Re-Appoints the Board of Directors of UNOC

20 November 2019

President Yoweri Museveni has re-appointed six members of the board of directors of Uganda National Oil Company Limited. In a letter to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga dated November 12, 2019, the President also dropped one board member, Grace Tubwita Bagaya and replaced her with city lawyer, Zulaika Mirembe Kasajja - a partner at Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA)

"In exercise of the powers vested in the President by Section 44(1) of the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act, I have appointed the persons listed as Chairperson and members of the board of the Uganda National Oil Company," the president wrote.

The board is headed by Emmanuel Katongole an economist and businessman. Katongole is a co-founder and chief executive officer of Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited - a leading pharmaceutical company and major supplier of anti-retroviral drugs in Uganda. He has been at the helm of UNOC since October 2015, when the President first inaugurated the board.

Other members of the board are Francis Nagimesi - a former Chief Executive Officer of the defunct Coffee Marketing Board, Francis Twinomatsiko, a principal economist in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), Irene Pauline Batebe, a chemical/refinery engineer in the Directorate of Petroleum in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Biwaga Stella Marie, a lawyer working with FIDA, Uganda, Godfrey Andama a senior geoscientist, and Zulaika Mirembe Kasaijja, a city lawyer and partner with Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA). The appointees await parliamentary approval.

However, the letter does not reveal the tenure of the board of the directors. The Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act is also silent on the number and tenure of members of the UNOC board.

Uganda National Oil Company Limited is established by Section 42 of the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act, as company which shall be wholly owned by the State to manage Uganda's commercial aspects of petroleum activities and the participating interests of the State in the petroleum agreements.

Currently, UNOC has 2 wholly owned subsidiaries - Uganda Refinery Holding Company Limited headed by Michael Nkambo Mugerwa as a General Manager and Uganda National Pipeline Company Ltd headed by John Bosco Habumugisha as the General Manager.

UNOC manages the Jinja Petroleum Storage Terminal which has a storage capacity of 30 million liters together with One Petroleum Limited. Though its subsidiary - Uganda National Pipeline Company Limited, UNOC will own 15 percent equity in the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project (EACOP), up to 40 percent in the oil refinery and 51 percent in the Kampala Storage Terminal to be located in Mpigi district.

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