Kenya, Uganda Agree to Build Oil Pipeline Through Kenya’s North
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KENYAN and Ugandan leaders have agreed that a planned oil pipeline will pass through Lokichar basin in northern Kenya, according to a government official.
“I can confirm that,” Manoah Esipisu, spokesman of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, said Monday by phone from the Ugandan capital, Kampala. He couldn’t immediately give further details.
The decision ends months-long debate on the route of the pipeline whose other proposed way to the Indian Ocean coast was through southern Kenya, and the capital, Nairobi.
The pipeline will run for about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) from Hoima district in Uganda through Lokichar in northern Kenya, and to a port in the coastal town of Lamu.
Proponents for the southern route cited security concerns in the north, where bandits and Islamist militants carry out attacks sporadically.
Presidents Kenyatta and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda agreed the “oil pipeline project be built on Northern Kenya route via Lokichar,” subject to financing and security guarantees by Kenya, Esipisu said on his Twitter Account