Lungu and Museveni discuss on opening introducing an oil pipeline to Indeni

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File:President Lungu with President Museveni at Entebbe statehouse
File:President Lungu with President Museveni at Entebbe statehouse

President Edgar Lungu and his Uganda counterpart Yoweri Museveni yesterday held a bilateral meeting at Uganda State House where the two discussed the possibility of introducing a new oil pipeline from Uganda up to Zambia’s Indeni Oil Refinery in Ndola to reduce the cost of importing the commodity from the Middle East.

The two Heads of State also discussed the possibility of Uganda opening an Embassy in Lusaka while Zambia would also open an Embassy
in Uganda next year.

Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalala confirmed the development yesterday during a media briefing held at Entebbe International
Airport in Uganda shortly before President Lungu and his delegation left for Lusaka around 11:00 hours Zambian time and 12:00 hours Uganda time.

Mr Kalaba said President Lungu, who was given a military send-off by Uganda defence forces shortly before his departure for Lusaka, held a very fruitful bilateral meeting with President Museveni.

“In the bilateral we discussed the issue of the oil pipeline. As you know, Uganda is beginning to start producing oil and as Zambia and we want to take advantage of Uganda producing this oil so that we can have a pipe line ran from Uganda to Indeni Refinery in Ndola.

“That will reduce the cost of doing business in terms of the oil industry and make transactions cheaper for us in terms of fuel,” Mr Kalaba said.

He said the two Governments would put all logistics together immediately after election campaigns so that a more detailed programme
would be worked out by their technocrats from respective Ministries of Energy, National Planning and other stakeholders.

Mr Kalaba said Zambia anticipate a very productive future with Uganda given the fact that there was more that was bringing the two countries together than what was dividing the two.Mr Kalaba said the two Heads of State also discussed the issue of opening up missions for the two countries.

“Uganda is opening up an Embassy in Lusaka while Zambia too will open an Embassy in Uganda next year.

“Currently, the Zambian High Commission to Uganda and Uganda High Commission to Zambia are operating in Tanzania,” Mr Kalaba said.

During the bilateral, the two countries also discussed the possibility of Zambia becoming an observer on the Northern Corridor which
comprises of countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

The three countries have come together to have non-tariff barriers removed and they have ensured that the said countries are able to
trade effectively.

“Zambia has been invited to be part of the Northern Corridor. After the August 11 General Elections in Zambia, we will immediately pursue this matter,” Mr Kalaba said.

He said Zambia was grateful that President Lungu was invited by Mr Museveni for the Counter Terrorism Summit.

“President Lungu has also invited by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and this is an invitation that the Head of State will take up after the Election Campaigns.

“We are hopeful that our relation with Uganda is blossoming and for us in Zambia, diplomatic credentials keep on being announced and that is good for Zambia,” Mr Kalaba said.

He was happy that President Lungu was the only leader from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries who was invited to the Summit which he described as auspicious meeting.

“We feel humbled as Zambia that President Lungu is being recognised to meetings such as these and this shows the place that Zambia has in the region and on the international scene.This was a very productive visit that President Lungu undertook to Uganda,” Mr Kalaba said.

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48 COMMENTS

  1. What about the cheap oil from Saudi Arabia that we were promised? When is it coming?

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    • This is the best joke of the year…. Uganda is not even anytime near from producing any oil despite discovery. Lungu will be long gone before Uganda produces any oil

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    • Vodka Chakolwa Wrungu is in Uganda to consult on how the elections can be rigged…VIVA HH 2016

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    • A recently completed oil pipeline from Durban to Johannesburg cost R6bn thats a distance of 570km. This joker who can not even buy medicine for UTH thinks he can build one from Uganda to Ndola.

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    • And who said you can’t source crude oil from multiple sources? For National energy security reasons, it is always prudent to have multiple partners who can supply you with this vital resource if one acts up.

      In fact, I feel the pipe line from Uganda, if at all is built, should end up in NP or MP. Build a new refinery there so you don’t put “all the eggs in one basket”, as the saying goes. This can be part of the job creation program and would help reduce the rolls of the unemployed. Keep Indeni supplied by Middle East oil but on a reduced capacity.

      If Indeni goes down, as it usually does, NP/MP (Uganda supplied) or WP (Angola supplied) can pick up the slack, and vice versa. Before you know it, oil supply issues stops being used as a political tool and campaign ammunition for…

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    • @ 1mbecile Yambayamba

      What the f*ck are you blabbing?
      Look at the map and, if you have even small bit of intelligence left, you will realize extent of your and your idol stupidity!!!

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    • TO ALL DULL PF SUPPORTERS INCLUDING KALABA & LUNGU: THE CONFIGURATION OF THE REFINERY WOULDN’T ALLOW THE CRUDE OIL FROM UGANDA TO PROCESSED AT OUR REFINERY. YOU FIRST NEED TO INSTALL ANOTHER UNIT CALLED HYDRO CRACKER WHICH WOULD BE LIKE ANOTHER REFINERY. OUR REFINERY CAN ONLY HANDLE SEMI-PROCESSED PRODUCTS. UGANDA HASN’T EVEN STARTED PRODUCING OIL AS SOMEONE HAS ALREADY POINTED OUT.

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    • @born free: I really try to engage people maturely and respectfully, even those I disagree with. Because unprovoked insults are the HALLMARK OF INTELLECTUALLY CHALLENGED !D!OTS TRYING TO PASS FOR BRAINIACS—only small minds with little to contribute to the discourse reduce themselves to the level of the UNCIVILIZED NEANDERTHALS like yourself!

      Now, I know and have re-look at the map of this region and I still can’t figure out what point you were trying to make. Because I do know infrastructure of this sort are always constructed across some “GEOGRAPHY” on this Earth and not on Mars. So what the freaking H3LL is your point? Mushendoor obe!!!

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    • HH will conduct a feasibility and do that if viable. sorry, it is too late now to talk about this and that. No wonder you are busy renaming universities and hospitals that don’t exist.

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  2. What is important is if benefits from such meetings trickle to the common man. Also I have noticed that all leaders that come from whatever meeting abroad, they all say the meetings were successful, there is no meeting that has been unsuccessful.

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    • Is it the water or air at State House that dims the wits of its occupant? This must be one of the worst cases of daydreaming adults broadcasting their silly thoughts. These two dictators are hallucinating. This is only second to KK and his daft plan to produce oil from grass.

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    • Imwe bantu sure, get you facts straight. The purported Angolan pipeline project was proposed and is being undertaken by the private sector. Zambian Govt and the President got involved after they were approach to facilitate the deal (if at all the negotiations are even complete yet) because of the capacity of Govt to negotiate such colossal deals Involving other Countries’ Govts. Mind you, Angolan Oil is mined, controlled, and sold by the Angolan Govt. This is the only reason President Lungu sent an envoy to Angolan to speak on behalf of this private corporation/company that wants to invest in this pipeline project. Yes Zambia (during Sata and now) want to strike an oil deal with Angola, but there was no talk of building a pipeline. It is private investors who have seen an opportunity to…

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    • Continue…

      …make money once the oil deal is finally completed between the two countries (i.e. transporting that oil into Zambia.) At least that’s what I understand the facts are. And deals of this magnitude takes time and a lot of meetings and talking for them to be finalised. We are NOT talking about buying cows from HH’s ranches here. These deals go beyond just the geopolitics of the two countries alone. There are other powerful players involved in this business for someone to just snap their fingers and it is done. Get it you perpetual complainers!?

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  3. Bafikallaaa are not even campaigning because they are pinning their hopes on ringing. It won’t work, already one of PF’s rigging strategist partners are currently on fire who have had enough of the nonsense of mugabe!!

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  4. Please Museveni help our beloved presido do what you do to extend your presidency there so as to silence our under5 politician, Haivotela Hunomwala.

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  5. SINKAMBA WISDOM – I thought Angola could have made a lot of sense as a neighbor. This is building castles in the air

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  6. The talks in Angola were successful, In Saudi Arabia they were successful and now in Uganda they were successful.Now tell us who is going to supply us with cheap oil and when?

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    • Nobody!!!
      Where is money for feasibility study, never mind actual construction!!!

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  7. How many pipe lines are going to feed into Indeni? Not long ago we were assured of cheap oil from Saudi Arabia and earlier we assured of oil from Angola. Just shows that all these are plain lies meant to cover rigging meetings.

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  8. This had nothing to do with the pipeline and we know it from very reliable sources. Lungu was briefing his Godfather Mu7 how Lungu’s Election Rigging Project was doing and Lungu was also checking on how far the Ugandan Printer had gone with printing extra and premarked ballot papers for the Presidential Vote. Lungu knows without rigging he will lose so he has invested a lot of money and time into rigging this election and retaining power. The problem with Lungu is that Zambians have already made their minds to vote for HH. Lungu’s last hope is rigging and if that fails he will cook figures to create a Presidential Re-run vote which he will rig using violence. The good thing is that we know Lungu’s rigging plans and are prepared to deal with those rigging measures. Our eyes are open…

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  9. @Chunda Ronard – So you know that Kaminamisa cant win the election without rigging. Prepare to live you sundew… pukucwe munyelela siliba.

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  10. All of a sudden Uganda has become a good partner in development. Kikikikikikikikikiki. Mu7 Rigging consultant.

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  11. Angola would be a better option, I agree with you guys
    Two ways to get oil from Angola:
    1. By Rail – Benguela and the “Kavindele’s Northwestern rail”
    2. The pipe line.

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  12. That is why I always say that PF is a curse on this country!! Who ever voted for PF committed a sin and needs to repent!!! Ever since they came into office, they have been attracted to evil!! Sata got attracted to Mugabe and embarked on building relationships with the ‘Axis of Evil’ nations such as Sudan, North Korea, Iran and Cuba. Then this Edgar 1diot, of all progressive African leaders around, embarks on befriending Museveni for no other reason than evil motives!!!! These muppets are a joke!! They seem to be allergic to good leadership and progressiveness!! He can’t associate with his Gen Khama, or the Namibian President, Magufuli or even Zuma!! Its just Mugabe or Museveni, the riff raffs of frican politics!! What a waste these [email protected] have been on the leadership of this Great…

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  13. Even the usual sontapo PF vuvuzelas are feeling embarrassed to sontapo about a pipeline from Angola after we were told of one from Angola.

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  14. What happened to the oil pipe line that was being built from Angola straight to Zambia.And the canal that was being built,the rail line under Kavindele that was being built straight to Ndola also?I remember it was one of Lungu’s first trips after assuming presidency-he sounded very keen & he cooled people’s hearts that we will ve cheap oil from Angola.Then next,there was even cheaper oil that was meant to come directly from Saudi Arabia.The government was still negotiating and very soon ago,Lungu himself visited Saudi Arabia with Dora Siliya as Energy minister to seal this deal.Zambia has not seen a single piece of oil from either Angola or Saudi Arabia,and here we are with another fake oil story,but this time from a dictator far away in Uganda,straight to Ndola…

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    • These are all invisible projects that are announced during election year but are never started

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  15. Bwahahahaha,BWahahahha,Bwahahaha,BWahahahahhahahahhah!
    Chi oneni chi Lungu kumanso kwati ni chi shell cha Crude Oil.

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  16. Kaili manje these are the last days for him in office,he is now looking for Travelling allowances and other benefits.If you have noticed he has been travelling a lot of late, the next trip will be to zimbabwe to see mugabe and they will now tell us that the meeting to fill up lake Kariba has been successful.

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  17. This one is a total sham!!Now one would agree with those suggesting that Uganda is helping Lungu to plan something sinister!How can one go to plan importing oil from a country that has not even produced a single barrel?How can you leave Angola a near by, already renowned oil producer and start a wild goose chase far away off?How can one even start thinking of being part of the Northern Corridor which does not feed into Zambia’s transport system? Looking for ways to waste money and giving jobs to cadres Lungu is thinking of opening a High Commission in Uganda! Zambia doesn’t need that! We have adequate representation which can be directed from either Kenya or Tanzania. Nothing justifies establishing this High Commission-we must be talking about cutting on the number of missions.

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    • They want to share spoils of Zambia tax payer money for helping him with tips on how to rig the upcoming elections.

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  18. Its gets worse everyday …this what happens when you mix dullness and alcohol equates to folly of the highest order.

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  19. You do not need a pass in elementary geography to laugh at what these scum bags are thinking. Pipe line from Uganda. In between is Tanzania, Burundu and Rwanda and lake tanganyiya. Have they got agreements with these countries for the pipeline. Dimwits! Brainless!

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  20. LT, please proof read! I still can’t get the meaning out of this sentence: “President Lungu has also invited by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and this is an invitation that the Head of State will take up after the Election Campaigns.” Who invited who?

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    • Owe! yangu! Its a snakily constructed sentence that is so snaky one can’t follow it kekekekeke!

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    • @ Victor

      That sentence was specifically made for the likes of Chunda Ronard, Zebige, Yambayamba and other members of PF intelligentsia (LOL)!!!

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  21. What kind of reporters does Zambia have.? ‘Introducing a pipeline’? It’s simply ‘constructing a pipeline’

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  22. Lol ,it looks like Zambia needs to build a pipeline to commonsense 1st .

    Both Mr Kalaba and LT don’t seem to know what they’re talking about with poorly thought out proposals and LT’s poorly contructed grammar.

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  23. Hi’i am from Tanzania,i think something is not clear here,Uganda and Tanzania are planning to construct a crude oil pipeline from Hoima(uganga) to Tanga(Tanzania) already funds have been secured and construction was scheduled to start by january2017,

    President Lungu and Museven are just planning to connect this pipeline with the TAZAMA one which start in Dar es salaam,so the needed pipeline to be constructed is only about 200km from Tanga-Dar es salaam and then to Ndola.

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    • @28,RichardMosses, that could make some sense since the cost of constructing the Zambian portion to join Tazama would be less. But remember that this issue of importing oil from Uganda started long before the decision was made by the main financier Total to divert the line from Kenya’s port of Lamu for security reasons (due mainly to El shabab) to Tanga or Dar es Salaam. So,government needs to clarify how this will be done,cost implications in comparison with other options. Then the issue of the type of crude – is our Indeni refinery capable of processing Ugandan crude or need modifications? Is the TAZAMA pipeline capable of transporting Ugandan crude or needs some modifications in some areas? Is the oil deal the reason they want to open a High Commission + become observers on the…

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