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Allow Kajiado residents to exploit gas find

A fireman puts out fire that was ignited by gas coming out of a dry borehole in Inkorkirdinga Village, Kajiado West on October 6, 2017. Photo | Joseph Ngunjiri | NMG
A fireman puts out fire that was ignited by gas coming out of a dry borehole in Inkorkirdinga Village, Kajiado West on October 6, 2017. Photo | Joseph Ngunjiri | NMG 

The inadvertent gas find in Kajiado County has in my view exposed our unfamiliarity with investment adventure.

My immediate thoughts were that the person who discovered the gas should just be given the finder’s fee (in common parlance, the exploration licence), allow him to raise capital through a private placement and hire contractors to build a gas plant.

These were just wishes and perhaps too optimistic thoughts.

Someone had already decided that Africans don’t take risk and chased everybody away from the centre of action for fear they may die from “toxic fumes.”