Turkana leaders on Friday began engaging the locals on the resolutions of the Lokori meeting held on Thursday where national and county government leaders resolved to end the stalemate that led to stopping of transportation of oil from Lokichar to Mombasa.
The leaders assured residents of their commitment to ensure grievances raised through the oil blockade are resolved as transportation of crude oil is expected to resume by next Wednesday.
Speaking in Lokori a day after talks, Governor Josephat Nanok also said that grievances raised on insecurity and local content would be addressed.
Since revenue from this oil will benefit the country, it is only right that the Government secures the lives of citizens living here and protects them from banditry attacks and theft of livestock that is the main source of their livelihood, he said.
He told the residents that the oil blockade had served its purpose to bring government attention to insecurity problems but asked for a chance for leaders to push for a resolution of the impasse that has halted the Early Oil Pilot Scheme.
On expenditure of the 20 and five percent County and local community share, the Governor clarified that legislation of regulations to manage the funds was the mandate of the County Assembly and not of the National Government.
He promised that the vigilance on community rights that had driven engagement on division of oil revenue would extend to discussions on compensations on land with companies intending to invest in the extractive sector, geothermal power exploration and other land related ventures in the county.
This include plans by the national government to set up army bases in different regions in Turkana, with participation of the public in all agreements on land.
Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro asked Police Reservists to take seriously the responsibility of securing people and property even as the government plans to recruit more NPRs to secure vulnerable points in the two sub-counties where police patrols rarely cover.
Turkana East MP Ali Lokiru said residents were waiting for implementation of assurance to beef up security delivered by Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mwongo Chimwanga in yesterday’s meeting in Lokori.
The assurance include a GSU camp to be established at the Lokori bridge with NPR deployment to follow before Wednesday.
On his part, Turkana South MP James Lomenen urged Governor Nanok to stand firm and demand that the National Government delivered on its pledge to provide long lasting solutions to the perennial banditry attacks.
He assured of leaders’ unity behind the Governor in fighting for the rights of Turkana residents.
He said the calls for improvement of security situation and demands for respect of the rights of residents would not be muzzled by intimidation.
The leaders were speaking in Lokori at the burial of John Longorkit Lengiro, Kochodin sub-location assistant chief.
Other speakers included County Secretary Peter Eripete, County Public Service and Disaster Management Executive Charles Lokiyoto, former Women Representative aspirant Beatrice Askul and Katilia MCA Daniel Lokaale.
Source: Kenya News Agency