Uganda’s Security Amidst Oil Exploration, Development and Production

Publication Type:

Journal Article


E. Kaweesi


Makerere Law Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, p.9-21 (2013)


environment, kaweesi emmanuel, oil exploration, petroleum, uganda's security


<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Petroleum producing countries are plagued by corrupt and authoritarian governments, lopsided and unsustainable economic development and usually, though not necessarily violent conflict. This is a concomitant of the fact that foreign powers and huge multi-national companies often fight for control of the oil fields through clandestine operations or outright military intervention. Additionally, dissatisfied rebels challenge governments in the hope of winning a share of the lucrative oil revenues. This makes conflict a foregone conclusion. Environmental damage and conflict with adjoining states also arise.</span></span></p><p style="text-align: justify;"><br /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">It is against this unpleasant global experience that Uganda &ldquo;the Pearl of Africa&rdquo; discovers oil viable for commercial exploitation. Thus, the big question is whether this oil shall be a blessing or curse for Uganda.&nbsp; This article finds it apposite to canvass the conceptual meaning of petroleum and oil, the significance of oil as a center of global controversy, the implications of oil for Uganda as a growing economy, escaping the resource curse: oil and conflict, and recommendations that should be embraced to obviate these oil related conflicts.</span></span><br />&nbsp;</p>