Turkana professionals protest introduction of petroleum bill

An oil exploration plant in Turkana PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:An association of professionals from Turkana county have protested the move by government through majority leader in parliament Aden Duale to introduce a petroleum bill seeking to reduce the petroleum communal share from 10 percent to 5 percent.

In a media briefing in Nairobi the professionals led by Michael Ekai said that it is incorrect for the government to reduce the share to less than 10 percent insisting that such a move is a blow to the county that has been lagging behind in terms of development.

Ekai said that if that bill is passed, it will expose and threaten the current communities’ constitutionally better social and economic status.

“We wish to express our displeasure to the Intention of reintroduction of already passed petroleum and mining bill 2015 to the National Assembly.The Bill to be re introduced curtails the equitable entitlement to the respective communities by reducing the community share from 10%to 5%.”Ekai said

Duale is scheduled to re-introduce the bill in parliament as soon as it opens, in bid to oversee changes on the reduction of the share.

They urged parliament to consider their plea and desist from passing such bill which they termed as draconian.

The warned that should the legislature pass the bill then they might be forced to seek legal redress on the same.