Business
Mineral explorer petitions over licence renewal
Publish Date: Jun 19, 2014
Mineral explorer petitions over licence renewal
The High Court in Kampala
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Andante Okanya

Mineral exploration company Katwe Geothermal Power Project Limited, has petitioned court, alleging that Government has with malicious intent declined to renew its licence.


On June 6, the company filed an application for judicial review at the civil division of the High Court in Kampala. It contends that it has fulfilled the requisite paperwork.

Judicial review is conducted by the High Court to scrutinise proceedings plus decisions taken by subordinate courts, inferior tribunals or Government bodies.

The company states that it fulfilled the law regulating mining and applied  for the licence  three months in advance before expiry of the  current licence which is due on June 27.

Government’s chief legal advisor the Attorney General (AG), and the Commissioner Geological Surveys and Mines, are listed as the respondents.

Through Kyazze and Company Advocates, the company is demanding that court coerces government to renew the licence.

“It is in the interest of justice that a writ of mandamus issue compelling the second respondent (commissioner) to execute the statutory mandate to renew the applicant’s licence.

The application is supported by the affidavit of the company’s managing director Henry Lwetabe. He states that the company’s current licence was granted on May 30, 2011 for a period of three years.

Lwetabe notes that the initial licence was granted to Lupampa Muzira, who then legally transferred it to Katwe Geothermal in a transfer instrument dated March 23, 2012.

Lwetabe states that this year on May 28 when he inquired from the commissioner about the status of the application on the renewal, he was informed that a court order had  been obtained on April 24, blocking the renewal.

He states that he explained to the commissioner the implication of the court order, which was limited to the acquisition of shares in the company, and not its operational licence.  

Lwetabe laments that government’s action amounts to denying the company’s shareholders their constitutional right to practice their profession and carry out a lawful business.

Government is yet to respond. A hearing date is yet to be scheduled.

RELATED ARTICLES

Uganda to set up geothermal energy entity

Geothermal power plant to add 150 Megawatts

Uganda has big geothermal energy potential

Multi-billion geothermal project hit by bitter dispute

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Lack of compliance to UNBS laws fueling counterfeits
LACK of complying with existing laws under the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and stipulated standards has led to the increased usage of counterfeit materials...
Standard Chartered scoops best consumer digital bank award
Standard Chartered Bank Uganda has been awarded best consumer digital bank by Global Finance Magazine. Standard Chartered Bank PLC largely dominated the Global Finance Magazine’s 2015 Best Consumer Digital Bank Awards in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, winning 17 country awards and 6 regional aw...
Tororo cement in sh86b expansion
Tororo Cement Limited, Uganda’s largest cement manufacturer has injected $ 25m (about sh86b) towards the plant expansion....
EAC countries asked to create more dry ports
There is need for more dry ports to respond to the growing business in grain trade at the three border posts of Namanga, Busia and Hororo....
Nigerian billionaire challenges youth on entrepreneurship
Nigerian billionaire Tony Elumela has challenged 40 youthful aspiring entrepreneurs not to blame lack of capital for not starting business because their brains can suffice....
Microsoft launches free Windows 10 upgrade
Microsoft’s latest version of Windows operating system is finally here.The long-time leader in PC software launched its much-awaited Windows 10 on Wednesday in Nairobi Kenya....
Should faith based organisations be registered as Non-government organisations?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter