Turkana politicians blamed for fanning protests

Written By: John Kioria
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The residents invaded Ngamia 8 oil exploration site as well as stopped transportation of oil from the county.

Turkana County Commissioner Seiff Matata is accusing local politicians of fanning the ongoing security demonstrations that have resulted in the disruption of oil exploration activities.

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At the same time, he has rubbished claims that the national government has reneged on its pledges to tackle insecurity.

This comes as localsā€™ invaded Ngamia 8 oil exploration site as well as stopped transportation of oil from the county.

The Residents are protesting runaway insecurity. Apart from forcefully gaining entry into Ngamia 8 where Tullow Oil is drilling oil, the residents blocked 5 trucks transporting oil to Mombasa at Kalemngorok forcing police officers to escort the trucks back to their site for safety.

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The ongoing tussle has cast doubts on the hopes of Kenya trading in the oil soon amid claims of political undertones in the ongoing demonstrations.

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On Saturday, the demonstrators chanted songs demanding to be employed as well as asking to be paid the 5pc revenue demarcated for the residents.

Matata says incidences of insecurity in the region in the last year have been resolved amicably through involvement with local leaders.

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He has however assured Tullow oil officials of security as they transport the oil.

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But Turkana South Mp James Lomenen and his Turkana East counterpart Ali Mohamed Lokiru have accused Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi of ignoring their plea to restore security.

Leaders and residents claim they were not opposed to oil transportation but they want to ensure they are heard and their demands met.

The residents blocked 5 trucks transporting oil to Mombasa at Kalemngorok
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