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Oil firms troop to Marsabit as improved roads open up northern Kenya

Road construction workers put final touches on the Isiolo-Marsabit highway in Marsabit town on May 4, 2017. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NMG
Road construction workers put final touches on the Isiolo-Marsabit highway in Marsabit town on May 4, 2017. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NMG 

More oil marketing companies are setting up shop in Marsabit town as better infrastructure opens up a region where demand for fuel is on the increase.

Fuel distributor Total Kenya #ticker:TOTL is set to open its doors to Marsabit's residents on June 1 while several other private investors look to establish a presence in the town.

Speaking to the Business Daily on Thursday, Mr Simon Gitau, the manager in charge of construction of the Baslum Business Hub where Total will be based, said this would be the first branch the oil firm has in the northern Kenya region.

“Entry of Total Oil Company gives confidence to other players in the industry. This will be the only branch within Marsabit, Wajir, Garissa and Mandera counties,” said Mr Gitau.

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