Uganda Denies Having Any Plans Of Refining Its Oil In Kenya.
The Ugandan government has denied allegations that President Museveni and some powerful individuals around him negotiated secret oil deals with Prime Minister Raila Odinga over construction of an oil refinery.
According to Miguna, Raila and Museveni agreed that instead of Uganda building a refinery in Hoima, its oil would be transported to Mombasa in its crude form, for refining and export. Ms Irene Muloni, Uganda’s Minister for Energy, said that Miguna Miguna probably does not wish Uganda well.
“President Museveni is at the forefront of building a refinery in Uganda. Already, land has been secured to build the refinery, which will help Uganda add value to its oil, and, thus, earn us good income from value-added oil,” she added.
Since the meeting in question, Kenya has discovered oil, raising the question of whether Uganda would go ahead with its own refinery or work with Kenya to expand the old refinery at Mombasa.
Uganda’s ministry of energy has however insisted that Uganda will go ahead with the refinery project despite what happens in Kenya’s oil sector.
Mr Miguna also claims that Mr Caroli Omondi, Mr Odinga’s Private Secretary, worked with either Mr Sam Kutesa or Eriya Kategeya, who have family and historical ties respectively with President Museveni, to fix the appointment with the President.
By nairobiwire.com [additional reporting by daily monitor]