By Moses Njagih and Njiraini Muchira - The Standard
Beneath Turkana County, the land of burning sand, blistering heat, so many hungers, and untold human misery, lies oil deposits that could forever change Kenya's economic fortunes.
The question remains how big are the underground oil wells in volume, their commercial value, and years it will take before Kenya can have it flowing across its pipelines.
But as the country toasted to President Kibaki’s surprise announcement that an Anglo-Irish oil exploration firm, Tullow Oil Company, had struck the precious commodity that accounts for 25 per cent of the country’s import bill, another burning question lingered in the shadows... Read more...
Water is life. And for this truism, many lives have been lost. Amid the devastating effects of climate change, it seems the people who depend on Lake Turkana are about to lose their source of livelihood — not due to nature but greed and intransigence.
Despite numerous valid protestations about the environmental, political, economic and social consequences of Ethiopia’s decision to build a dam, Gibe III, on River Omo, the country seems intent on going ahead with the project.
President Mwai Kibaki and Ethopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at the UNCC venue of the AU summit. They signed deals for a new power–grid connection. Photo/PPS
This, combined with Kenya’s strategic location and relatively developed infrastructure, is increasingly pushing the two nations closer.
Kenya enjoys a historical national security arrangement with Ethiopia, which has one of the largest armies in Africa — with 1 million regular troops, not to speak of easy-to-conscript reserves.