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Petroleum Authority Boss Promises Sector Transparency

The Petroleum Authority chairperson, Dr. Jane Mulemwa says her mission will be to ensure that oil sector information is available to the public to avoid any suspicion.
Kiryowa Kiwanuka, one of the members of the National Petroleum Authority Board

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The oil sector requires clear and transparent systems if Uganda is to benefit from its gains, Dr. Jane Nambakire Mulemwa, newly vetted chairperson of the National Petroleum Authority has said.

Dr. Mulemwa, who was on Monday approved by the Appointments Committee of Parliament to head the new authority, says once in office, her resolve is to ensure that corruption tendencies do not infiltrate the authority\'s operations. 

She says her focus will be on recruitment of well trained staff with vast experience in the oil sector, without undue influence from the political class.

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Sources within the committee told URN that the MPs were impressed with her academic qualifications and affirmed her appointment. 

Dr. Mulemwa holds a Bachelor\'s of Science in Chemistry from Makerere University, and a Ph.D in Chemistry from the Queen\'s University of Belfast.

Also approved to sit on the authority board are city lawyer, Kiwanuka Kiryowa and Engineer Patrick Nakoko Masuba. 

Kiryowa says the board will look at using oil resources for the benefit of all stakeholders, especially ordinary Ugandans.

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The authority is set up under the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act 2013. It is mandated to license, regulate, as well as supervise exploration, harvesting, refining, marketing and disposal of petroleum products in the country.

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