Cecafa 2015: Miya Strikes Twice as Cranes Humble 9-Man Zanzibar

The Global Rights Alert, story Transparency International Uganda and Action Aid have Tuesday launched a campaign that seeks to encourage the government to improve transparency in the governance of oil and other mineral resources.

The “OurOilOurFuture” campaign involves signing an online petition on to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI).

The campaign calls for maximum disclosure, advice openness and involvement of citizens in all major decisions; with no secret deals between government and oil companies, medications behind closed doors.

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative  was  created to assist governments in improving transparency in their country’s extractive industries so as to improve revenue collection.

Speaking at the Launch of the campaign at Kampala Serena Hotel, Winnie Ngabiirwe the Executive Director  of Global Rights Alert, a civil society Organization, said that through the campaign, the public seeks to encourage the Government to substantively commit to improved transparency and information sharing in regards to the country’s oil and mineral production.

“We would like the government to make binding commitment by agreeing to take tangible steps to better involve citizens in the developments in the oil and mining sectors by sharing critical information with the public,” she said.

She explained that when one signs on the EITI, an email will be sent to the President’s office and he will see the action as more people sign in.

She urged Ugandans to sign the EITI so as to mount pressure on Government to play the leadership role they ought to.

(L-R) Arthur Larok, Winnie Ngabiirwe and Peter Wandera during the lauch of the EITI Campaign at Kampala Serena Hotel

(L-R) Arthur Larock, Winnie Ngabiirwe and Peter Wandera during the launch of the EITI Campaign at Kampala Serena Hotel

Peter Wandera, the Executive Director of Transparency International Uganda said without transparency and integrity, accountability cannot be achieved.

“Tell your government that transparency in the extractive sector is a must- sign up to this online petition,” he urged Ugandans.

Responding to Why Uganda needs the EITI, Action Aid Country Director, Arthur Larock said none of the multiple laws guiding the development of the oil sector contain the basic characteristics for transparency and information sharing that the EITI helps to operationalize.

Peter Wandera, Executive Director, Transparency Uganda, Winnie Ngabiirwe, Executive Director, Global Rights Alert and Arthur Larock, Country Director Actionaid Uganda at the launch of the #OurOilOurFuture campaign

Peter Wandera, Executive Director, Transparency Uganda, Winnie Ngabiirwe, Executive Director, Global Rights Alert and Arthur Larock, Country Director Actionaid Uganda at the launch of the #OurOilOurFuture campaign

He cited the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act 2013 which actually mandates secrecy and confidentiality rather than openness and inclusion.

He said the Petroleum Section of the Public Finance Management Act, 2015 does contain certain clauses that bode well for greater information sharing, including Section 61 which require reports of the Petroleum Fund to be published in newspapers and made available on the website of the Ministry of Finance.

He added that however, the clause is currently vague and could be made stronger in the attending regulations to make sure that companies must disclose the payments they make to government and that all project-by-project company specific payments are included in the reports of the Fund.

49 countries across the globe are currently implementing EITI. Out of the top 20 oil producing countries, five countries are currently implementing EITI including the United States, Iraq, Nigeria, Norway and Kazakhstan.
The Vipers SC sensational striker bagged a brace with teammate Erisa Sekisambu and ceasar Okhuti registering a goal each against underdogs Zanzibar to ensure Cranes pick a first group B win in the ongoing Cecafa Senior cup. The match was played in an empty Awassa stadium.

Miya was on target as early as the tenth minute, recipe capitalizing on Sekisambu’s brilliant effort. The captain tied his brace four minutes later from the spot after Keeper Ali Mwadini had brought down Erisa Sekisambu.

Mwadini was given matching orders but his replacement Abdurahman Mohammed could not stop Miya who gave Uganda an early first half double lead.

Sekisambu tripled the lead three minutes into the second half with a swift turn from Muzamir Mutyaba’s pass, pilule firing past Abdulrahman.

Zanzibar’s hopes of pulling a surprise comeback got a shock with a quarter an hour to go, following the second red card of the game that was awarded to Mudahir Yahaya for a double clutch tackle on Erisa Sekisambu.

Three minutes later, KCCA FC new boy, Nelson Senkatuka capped his national debut with a clinical assist from down the right wing which Ceasar Okhuti finished off with a thunderous left foot shot.

The Cranes climax the group campaign on Saturday 28th with Burundi.

Starting XI.
James Alitho (GK), Denis Okot, Joseph Ochaya, Richard Kassaga,Murushid Juuko, Ivan Ntege, Bernard Muwanga Muzamil Mutyaba, Erisa Ssekisambu, Ceasar Okhuti, Faruku Miya (C).

Subs: Mathias Kigonya(GK), Joseph Nsubuga, Keziron Kizito, Shafiq Bakaki, Frank Kalanda, Nelson Senkatuka.


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