Oil transportation from Turkana to remain suspended

Transportation of oil from Lokichar to Mombasa will not resume anytime soon as the Government seeks to address insecurity issues in the area.

Interior Chief Administrative Secretary Patrick Ole Ntutu says dialogue is needed to iron out all outstanding issues that led to the disruption.

Ntutu however says the government has deployed multiple security agencies to Turkana to help end cattle rustling which has been identified as a major security concern to the Early Oil Pilot Scheme.

It has been weeks since all the machines went silent in the oil rich Turkana region.

Transport of oil from Lokichar to Mombasa has also been disrupted as residents continue to stage protests against insecurity and lack of inclusion in the drilling of the black gold.

Stakeholders have been engaged in endless dialogue to save the Early Oil Pilot Scheme as it is estimated that Kenya could be losing close to ten million shillings per day due to the paralysis.

On Ole Ntutu told MPs that security has been beefed up in Turkana though engagements were still on-going to get the trucks moving again.

Ntutu however said it was not yet certain when operations at oil wells will resume.

Turkana residents allege being side lined in the oil exploration and further accuse Tullow oil of denying them water.

Turkana East MP Ali Lokiru and his Turkana South counterpart James Lomenen have been in the forefront in demanding that the local community be enlightened on how to benefit from the oil.

The government has also instructed Tullow Oil to resume operations  and resume water supply to locals.




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