Tullow Oil Uganda has picked Jimmy Mugerwa, former chairman Shell Kenya, as its new General Manager. Mugerwa is the first Ugandan to take over the oil company’s top managerial role. He is replacing Eoin Mekie. Mugerwa was also Shell East Africa’s General Manager of Sales and Operations. He will assume office on October 1.
Mugerwa had been based in Nairobi overseeing Shell’s operations where he quit after the Royal Dutch Shell sold out to Vitol Holdings BV and Helios Investment. He has been one of the senior executives at Shell Africa operations with over 20 years of oil industry experience across government relations, sales, operations and marketing.
Analysts say Mugerwa’s rise to head Tullow Oil Uganda is a first for the oil sector to yield to indigenization as demanded by the government of Uganda. This will exert some pressure on the other oil companies like CNOOC and Total to do the same.
A statement from Tullow Oil Uganda said the new General Manager will be accountable for the delivery of Tullow's work programme and maintaining relations with the Ugandan government as well as its partners CNOOC and Total.
By Mubatsi Asinja Habati