British oil firm Tullow has suspended operations in Kenya's Turkana fields over insecurity

Tullow has not been able to undertake any work nearly two months since President Uhuru Kenyatta launched operations at its Lokichar base.

Chief Executive Paul McDade said the firm is taking some time off the field since there was no indication that situation could return to normalcy.

"We’d expect to be up there working, getting the field back operating again and trucks moving again the near future. But it’s important to take the time out so that when we do return... we have a more secure environment.”

He was however quick to dismiss any call for alarm saying: “It’s not a big issue for us.”

Protests

The locals, who have staged several protests, faulted the government for transporting oil under tight security whereas many lives and livestock have been lost due to insecurity.

However, the government promised a pact with the locals to put the matter to rest, and restore the transportation of 2,000 barrels of commodity to the coastal region.

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