Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, has asked Pastor Robert Kayanja to apologize to Ugandans for making false statements that distorted the legacy of the 10th Parliament.
The First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for East African Affairs, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has asked Pastor Robert Kayanja to apologise to Ugandans over false comments she said distorted the legacy of the 10th Parliament.
In an article by the New Vision, Rebecca Kadaga took offence after Pastor Kayanja raised a statement indicating that the 10th parliament which she chaired ‘let us down as a country”.
“There was a chance to work hard and appropriate money to construct the country’s oil refinery, but Parliament did not,” the New Vision wrote quoting Pastor Kayanja.
In response, however, the former Speaker of Parliament has refuted the claims saying they are baseless with no clear facts.
Kadaga indicated that there was never such a chance and therefore Pastor Kayanja should come clear and make an apology for alluding so.
“Pastor Kayanja, you owe an apology to the people of Uganda and the 10th Parliament whose legacy you are distorting. No Budget for a refinery was presented or rejected, please substantiate, which meeting, which sitting and which session this happened,” Kadaga tweeted.
Meanwhile, the 2008 National Oil and Gas Policy recommends refining the discovered oil in-country to supply the national and regional petroleum product demand before consideration of exportation.
To facilitate the achievement of this policy objective, the Petroleum (Refining, Conversion, Transmission and Midstream Storage) Act 2013 was enacted by Parliament in February 2013 and became effective in July 2013 following Presidential assent.
This Act provides among others, the legal foundation for the development of a refinery in Uganda and other midstream infrastructures like pipelines and storage facilities.
However, responding to questions about oil proceedings recently, the Minister for Energy and Mineral Development, Ruth Nankabirwa said the oil refinery will start operations in 2027.
She raised that the refinery will produce 60,000 barrels of oil per day and it is expected to be built in Kabaale, Buseruka sub-county in Hoima District.
The refinery will also have the support of a 211-kilometre long multi-products pipeline that will evacuate refined products such as petrol, liquefied gas, and kerosene to a storage terminal at Namwabula in Mpigi District.
“We plan to announce the final investment decision for the refinery probably next year. We are looking for an anchor investor, and therefore, the oil will come before the refinery is commissioned .. . in 2027,” Nankabirwa said earlier noting that the Covid-19 had delayed fast-tracking refinery activities.