Turkana see big dreams as oil export kicks off
Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged the first trucks, fraught with 600 barrels of crude from Turkana for transportation to the Mombasa seaport.
Turkana villages last week came alight as the first consignment of crude oil left the sunbaked scrublands by road for storage in Mombasa and onward shipping to foreign processors.
David Kasuroi, a resident of the northern Kenya county, held the pulpable mood with his comment that he hopes the windswept arid land to transform into a modern city as United Emirates city of Dubai did, fueled by oil money.
Kapese is Turkana’s gateway to the world that developers of the Lokichar oilfields use to jet in and out from the capital, Nairobi.
That agitation took place precisely six years since British researcher Tullow first struck oil in Turkana’s Lokichar basin in 2012.
It has been a tough journey ever since, with about 40 wells sunk over the period.
Mr Kenyatta pledged to ensure every Kenyan benefit from the proceeds of the Turkana oil, starting with the locals. That promise is, however, dimmed by the fact that his government has kept a tight lid on how the country will share the oil revenue with the UK firm Tullow – a standard requirement for transparent oil operations around the world.