The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Oil Debate Dominates Campaigns in Turkana

The discovery of Oil deposits in Turkana County has dominated political campaigns in the region ahead of the March 4 elections.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga was the latest presidential aspirant to campaign in Turkana promising that he would ensure that the resources are used to change the lives of the people in the arid region.

"You can trust me that once Cord wins, we will use the Oil resources to ensure you have good roads and other development programmes you have been lacking," Raila said when he campaigned in Lodwar town.

Similar sentiments had been echoed by Jubilee Presidential aspirant Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto when they campaigned in the region two weeks ago.

British firm Tullow which has been prospecting for Oil in the region has already announced that the deposits discovered at Ngamia 1 site will be able to produce more than 2,500 barrels of Oil per day.

Labour Minister John Munyes who has been the MP for Turkana North will be taking on immediate former Turkana Central MP Ekwe Ethuro.

Munyes is vying on a Ford Kenya ticket under the Cord Coalition while Munyes will be running for the same Senate seat through URP in the Jubilee Coalition.

"We expect to have a peaceful poll in this region despite insecurity challenges we have been facing," said Ethuro.

Insecurity in the area where cattle rustling has negatively affected all development activities has also been a major issue in the campaigns in the region along with matters to do with shortage of water, poor infrastructure, poor performance in the educations sector and poor infrastructure.

Other parties including Kanu are also fielding aspirants in the region which has less than 150,000 registered voters and three constituencies including Turkana North, Turkana Central and Turkana South.

Government efforts to disarm communities in the region in a bid to end cattle rustling have not yielded positive results and politicians are now promising to help deal with the matter.

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