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MP under probe over Tullow protests, tender interests

30 October 2013, 22:39

Nairobi -  When residents of the poor Turkana region marched onto Tullow oil sites demanding jobs and a share of the money that the company was making,it was thought to have been a community decision. However, it has emerged that James Lomenen,a Turkana South member of Parliament is being investigated for allegedly instigating the protest,Capital FM reports.

Lomenen, said on the day of the protest that,"we welcome them (Tullow) to Turkana. But we want to start benefiting as early as possible,". Tullow employ 800 workers from the Turkana region. The protest took place at Tullowss Twiga South-1 site.

Tullow were forced to halt operations and a  senior energy ministry official, Martin Heya, speculated that politicians, whom he did not name, had stirred things up. "We want them (Tullow) to work as soon as possible," Heya said. The government vowed to step up security at the site in order for work to resume.

For more on this story, visit Capital FM.


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