MCA cries foul after two county residents are dropped from parastatals

A member of the County Assembly has cried foul after two members of the Turkana community were dropped from top positions in parastatals in the recent appointments made by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kanamkemer ward MCA James Ikeny said the axing of the chairman of the National irrigation board Emmanuel Imana and Director of National Oil Corporation Peter Ngala Ekuleu were unfair.

We particularly want members of our community to be in the oil board to represent the interests of the community, Ikeny told journalists at the County Assembly on Wednesday.

President Kenyatta appointed John Munyes Cabinet Secretary for Petroleum and Mineral Resources in what was seen as a move to have the community interests represented and also to fulfill his campaign pledge.

But according to Ikeny, the community deserved more posts in the oil sector.

The community should be considered in the appointments so that locals feel they benefit from the oil, he said.

In the formula agreed upon after lengthy negotiations, the national government will receive 75 percent of oil revenue, county government 20 percent and the local community five percent.

The national government also agreed to remove capping on the oil proceeds.

The president on June 3 flagged off four trucks ferrying crude oil from Nakukulas, Turkana East Sub County to Changamwe, Mombasa in the early oil pilot scheme.

The president said the resource was meant to benefit all Kenyans and the region.

He also warned those out to use the resources to benefit themselves saying the resource should improve the healthcare, education and general standards of living for the locals.

Source: Kenya News Agency