April 1, 2016

So on Monday, I huddled with a diplomat in the Qatar capital, Doha.


I wanted to know why, as an East African, I should be losing sleep over events in the Middle East, especially the Islamic State’s rampage, the war in Syria and Yemen, and what some have called the Sunni coalition led by Saudi Arabia against the Iran-anchored Shia coalition.




His view was that the Saudi have been extremely audacious, and equally dangerous, in their play.


To begin with the one we all know, was its move to crush American shale oil production by driving prices down.


With the nuclear talks between regional rival Iran and world powers, Saudi Arabia also wanted to make any e...

March 8, 2016

Months after the Kenyan and Ugandan president reached a deal to have the pipeline go through northern Kenya to the Kenyan coast the pronouncement has been thrown into a spin with Museveni’s visit to Tanzania to discuss about the southern route.

Already a number of media sources have come out to say that the two East African presidents agreed on the southern route through Tanzania to the port of Tanga.

The southern route which would total 1100 kilometers (approx. 700 miles) is much shorter than the 1500 kilometres long Uganda’s oil fields to the Kenyan port of Lamu on the Indian Ocean routes.



This development could be a big blow to Kenya and the Lamu Por...

February 16, 2016




Kenya’s Lamu Port South Sudan and Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor crude oil pipeline is still the cheaper way of transporting South Sudan and Uganda oil to international markets.

Toyota Tsusho Corporation head of Pan Africa Regional Office and Strategic Alliance Department Kenji Suzuki and senior general manager Hideyuki Oiwa told the Sunday Nation that they have so far spent more than Sh100 million to do feasibility studies that eliminated both Tanzania and Ethiopia as options of cheap transportation of crude oil.


“We have carried 0ut four studies on the crude oil pipeline since 2011 before Kenya was certain of its oil reserves,” says Mr Oiwa,...

February 12, 2016

Civil society organisations including Global Rights Alert, Transparency International & ActionAid Uganda have launched an online petition calling on government to ensure transparency in managing oil revenue by joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). In the meantime, a columnist argues that secrecy in oil deals could undermine locals' ability to benefit from oil revenue.



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