(Xinhua) -- Shortly after
President Uhuru Kenyatta led the country to celebrate
the feat of Kenya joining the league of global oil
producers, concerns were raised on the safety of the oil
fields in Turkana County and its transportation as the
host community claims to be under siege.
historic occasion held at Ngamia 8 oil fields in
Lokichar, Turkana, Kenyatta on June 4 flagged off four
trucks ferrying crude oil to the Kenya Petroleum
Refinery in Mombasa.
The crude oil ferried in an experimental program
called Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) has since delivered
the commodity to Mombasa as the country looks for
There are at least 10 oil fields located in various
sections in Turkana East and Turkana South.
Tullow Oil Company targets to produce at least 2,000
barrels per day, but leaders from the host community,
now wants president to fix insecurity problem before
"The emerging internal and external security threats
are a big challenge that the president must fix before
oil drilling activities is enhanced," said Turkana North
lawmaker Christopher Nakuleu on Tuesday.
Citing a recent incident in Lokoli where three people
including a Kenya police reservist were killed by
bandits from neighboring Baringo County, the leaders
noted that highway bandit, cattle rustling and boundary
feuds could disrupt oil exploitation.
"Our community is facing a lot of hostility from
neighboring communities from South Sudan and Ethiopia
because of the discovery of the oil. Lodwar-Kitale road
has not been secured from bandits," said Nakuleu.
He argued that the claims by Pokot community that its
boundary stretches to Kalimongorok not far from the oil
fields should not be taken lightly.
"The boundary feud pitting our community and its
neighbors has to be fixed to create confidence among
investors and to avoid communal conflicts which could
hamper the oil business," said the lawmaker.
The lawmakers said despite Kenyatta warning against
banditry activities in the region, the recent killing of
three people is worrying the locals.
"It is like the president’s directive has been
ignored and this is worrying our community. Peace will
prevail when illegal guns are retrieved from the
civilian," Nakuleu remarked.
Aware of the protracted disagreement on how the
proceeds should be distributed, Kenyatta warned of the
curses that might come with the resource, but also
promised that all concerns raised by local residents
will be addressed.
"The economies of countries that have failed to
manage their resources have also suffered the ripple
effect of hungry and poor citizen. It is my hope and
prayer that together we shall work so that such is not
visited upon us," said Kenyatta.
Without mentioning names, Kenyatta said two countries
have experienced the painful side of the mineral
resource, saying the country would do everything
possible to avoid similar situations.
Kenyans welcome planned oil exportation with