Turkana residents break into oil storage site to pass message to President Kenyatta

Turkana residents pass important message to President Kenyatta

The residents who were protesting against rampant insecurity in the area made it clear that they will not allow any further transportation of oil from Turkana until the rampant insecurity in the area comes to an end.

They also demanded that President Uhuru Kenyatta should relaunch the project afresh after all the livestock stolen from the area is recovered, security beefed up and perpetrators brought to justice.

The protesters noted that many lives and livestock have been lost to insecurity while oil from the area is transported under tight security.

"We are here at the monument where President Kenyatta marked the historic moment for Kenya as an oil producer to pass a message that we cannot continue being killed by armed civilians in our own country and yet our oil is transported under tight security.” One protestor said.

“Our neighbours cannot take [our] animals and the government takes ways the crude oil. We feel robbed of everything,” added another.

The protests come barely a month after President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS).

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