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Evacuated workers delay resumption of oil transport from Turkana - 7 months ago, 13 July 00:05

By: Sammy Lutta

The planned resumption of oil trucking from Turkana to Mombasa will be delayed as the mining company awaits the return of workers evacuated following the disruptions last week.

Residents and elected leaders blocked five lorries last week, protesting failure by the government to stop banditry on the Turkana-Baringo border, and lack of jobs for locals.

After a meeting on Thursday attended by Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes and Rift Valley Regional Coordinator, Mongo Chimwanga, at Lokori in Turkana East, the leaders led by Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok agreed to persuade the residents to allow the lorries to proceed to Mombasa.

WORKERS YET TO RETURN

It was also agreed that oil transportation would resume this week.

Mr Munyes said on Tuesday that Tullow Oil was still waiting for evacuated workers to return.

"We have agreed with Turkana leaders to resume oil transportation; but we cannot do it tomorrow. Logistically we must ensure that workers directly ...
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