President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya will today host president Museveni to discuss the construction of Uganda-Kenya oil pipeline.
According to a statement by Kenya’s Secretary of Communication and
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu yesterday, Uganda’s oil producers – Irish company Tullow Oil, French company Total and China’s CNOC – have also been invited to the meeting that will take place at the state House.
In the statement, Manoah Esipisu noted that “Kenya favours the ‘northern route’ through Lokichar, because as part of the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project, it would transform infrastructure and the way of life of the people in the towns and counties across its path.”
He said the two leaders discussed the issue when Kenyatta visited Uganda in August last year and agreed that “development of a crude oil export pipeline needed to be implemented expeditiously to avoid any further delay in commercializing especially Uganda’s petroleum resources which were discovered nine years ago.”
The pipeline will move crude oil from the oilfields of Hoima to the Port of Lamu through Kenya’s oilfields at Lokichar.
Museveni, Magufuli Pipeline Deal
Early March, Museveni and Tanzania’s president John Pombe Magufuli agreed a deal to have the pipeline pass through Tanzania.
During a meeting at the side-line of the East African Community summit in Tanzania, the two agreed to begin construction of the crude oil pipeline from Tanga to Uganda, for the benefit of the two countries and their East African counterparts.