Tullow Oil plans excite Elgeyo locals

A wave of excitement attended the last day of Tullow Oil company’s meetings in Elgeyo-Marakwet even as anxiety over land ownership lingered.

The company’s community engagement officials addressed hundreds of locals at Arror Trading Centre grounds in a meeting attended by all local political leaders.

“We have purposely come with your leaders to inform you that the first prospect of the discovery which is referred to as block 12 A falls within this county, to be specific in Soi North location in Keiyo South sub-county,” said company stakeholder engagement manager Rosie Birungi.

Tullow intends to move its equipment and set base in the area soon, but the officials did not give a timeline.

According to Ms Birungi, locals should rest assured they will benefit from the activity.

An elder, Pius Kanda, captured the mood of the local population: “There are scary tales of conflicts globally in countries where oil is extracted such as Nigeria, Niger Delta, Kuwait, Libya, and other countries and therefore we want to have the land documents.”

Majority of local people who spoke in the series of meetings at Rimoi and Walbei stations also raised concern over revenue sharing and investing in society.