Kenya despatched its inaugural shipment of crude oil on Monday, becoming the first East African nation to join the ranks of petroleum-exporting countries.
Although Kenya remains to be years away from building the infrastructure essential to unlock its full commercial oil-producing potential, Monday’s first shipment of more than 200,000 barrels revealed possible tensions over how the nation’s crude wealth should be divided.
In March, President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Petroleum Act of 2019, which allocates 75 % of state-designated oil income to the central government, 20 % to oil-producing counties, and 5% to local communities.
However, speaking at the sendoff ceremony for the maiden consignment within the port of Mombasa, Peter Emuria Lotethiro, Deputy Governor of Turkana County, invoked the metaphor of a goat to lay claim to what he sees as his region’s share of the spoils.
Lotethiro stated that According to their culture as the Turkana people when they slaughter a goat for a visitor, the owner of the goat must be left with the limbs. The people of Turkana have instructed Lotethiro that on this oil deal, the limb should be there.
Salim Mvurya, governor of Kwale County, used the occasion also to sign displeasure. They are speaking about the division of revenues from there minerals, and they are aware that the president signed into law the Mining Act, however that law hasn’t translated into revenues to the county and the individuals of Kenya, he mentioned.
President Kenyatta seized upon the governors’ remarks to highlight his ongoing campaign against corruption.
Kenyatta stated this. He listened to the governors defending their people; however, as the president, he will protect the people of Kenya by saying that he hopes a piece of this goat reaches each Kenyan. And that is why they are saying they should slay the corruption dragon. So that a few stop benefitting themselves with the national resources and minerals.