Turkana professionals reject the reintroduced petroleum bill

Professionals from the Turkana community have expressed their displeasure towards the re-introduction of the Petroleum and Mining Bill, 2015 which seeks to reduce the community share of mining proceeds from 10 percent to five percent.

Speaking at a Nairobi hotel Turkana Professionals’ Association (TPA) and Turkana University Students Association (TUSA) leaders, said the reduction of the funds will affect the economic status of the already marginalized area.

While addressing the media, TPA Secretary General David Ekiru said reducing the community share from 10 percent to five percent which the reintroduced Bill seeks to achieve will restrain the equitable privilege to the respective communities.

Ekiru said the initial 10 percent stood to expose the communities to a constitutionally better social and economic status.

The 10 percent share will ensure that the lives of the marginalized communities get to a level expected by the constitution in terms of roads infrastructure, education among others, added Ekiru.

Organising Secretary of TPA Mike Aremon advised the National Assembly to refuse any attempt at altering the 10 percent originally entitled to the community in the interest of empowering communities and Devolution.

President Turkana University Student Association, Losiru Daniel added that if the re-introduced Bill is passed in the National Assembly they will have no option but to initiate a judicial process.

Turkana community at the same time praised President Uhuru Kenyatta for nominating John Munyes Kiyonga as Cabinet Secretary for Petroleum and Mining.

Source: Kenya News Agency