Tullow oil trucks to resume work on Wednesday

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Trucks transporting the Tullow oil will resume work on Wednesday next week after locals and their leaders agreed to end their blockade.

The decision was arrived at in a meeting where the state promised to improve security in Turkana County.

The deal was brokered by Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mongo Chimwaga and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes.

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Irate residents backed by their legislators had on Wednesday last week blocked five oil trucks destined for Mombasa at Kalemngorok along Lokichar- Kapenguria highway demanding among others improved security, jobs and a share of the oil revenue.

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But on Thursday after lengthy deliberation by stakeholders, the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner announced that the concerns raised by the community will be addressed with immediate effect to ensure Tullow oil operations resumes.

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Combined teams of Security personnel will now be deployed in the troubled areas to combat cases of   banditry and cattle rustling. Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes assured that concerns raised by locals on oil will be taken into consideration.

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Members of parliament drawn from the region urged the government to fulfill its promises instead of empty rhetoric.

Tullow is said to have been incurring 25 million shillings in loses every day as the truck remained blocked by the locals.

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