NA passes the amendments Petroleum Bill 2015

By Franco Kundu

The National Assembly has passed with amendments the Petroleum Bill 2015 that seeks to provide a framework for the contracting, exploration and production of petroleum discovered within licensed exploration blocks.

This means Turkana community is set to get 10 per cent of oil profits following the adoption of the bill.

The Bill also highlights national policy in relation to the petroleum sector. It further seeks to give effect to the relevant articles of the constitution as they apply to upstream petroleum operations.

The Bill had been presented by the Leader of Majority in the National Assembly, Aden Duale.

Meanwhile the National assembly has received communication from the Senate indicating that it has approved the Climate changes Bill.

In a communication from the Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, the Bill is now awaiting to be assented to by the President to become law.

At the same time, the Senate has condemned unregulated housing projects that have caused deaths and destruction of property especially in Nairobi.

Senators Moses Kajwang [Homabay], Wilfred Machage [Migori], Fatuma Dullo [Nominated] and Catherine Nabwala [Nominated] today called on the County Government to set aside funds to meet the needs of people with all forms of disabilities.

They said the recently collapsed building in Huruma that has so far claimed 23 lives was as a result of ineptitude and corruption among stakeholders.

While contributing to the Persons with Disabilities amendment Act Kajwang called on constructors to erect buildings that are not only accessible but secure.

Machage while calling for efforts to ensure the disabled access physical fitness, education and employment said it is their right to associate with the rest of the society.


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