Governor Nanok, CS Munyes tours Tullow oil plants

Written By: Kevin Wachira

Turkana County Governor Josphat Nanok and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes have agreed to bury the hatchet after four years of political rivalry and work together on the Early Oil Pilot Scheme set to begin by the end of May.

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Speaking after visiting Tullow Oil Company to monitor the oil pilot scheme in Turkana South, Nanok and Munyes the project requires the cooperation between the government and the host community.

The two have not seen eye to eye after an acrimonious political battle for the Turkana gubernatorial seat.

Munyes lost in his attempt to dethrone Nanok as Governor and even challenged his election in Court only to withdraw the case after he was appointed Cabinet Secretary.

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And with Turkana County at the center of oil exploration and following his appointment as Petroleum CS, Munyes and Nanok say the continued distrust and hatred between them will not help bring development in the County.

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They have since agreed to work together to ensure Turkana County benefits from Oil explorations.

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The two toured tullow oil plants in Turkana said the county is set to transform especially after the launch of early oil pilot scheme scheduled for May.

The Petroleum cabinet secretary said the revenue from the pilot oil project will be shared in accordance to the petroleum act 2017.

The petroleum ministry is however in consultation with the senate and Turkana County government to operationalize key areas of concern.

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According to the petroleum bill, the community will get 5% of revenue while 20% will go to the county government and 75 % remain with the national government.

The Early Oil Pilot scheme is expected to track how the oil will behave in different temperatures when being transported to the refinery in Mombasa for storage and its viability in the international market.



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