Thursday, March 24, 2016

Energy CS Keter Detained In Tanzania On Magufuli Orders

Kenyan officials, led by Energy CS Keter, were barred from visiting Tanga and their passports confiscated for over one hour by Tanzanian authorities.

The Kenyan delegation was flying to Tanga after inspecting the proposed Lamu port when the incident happened.

The CS, and his team, was trying to explore the possibilities of the proposed oil pipeline to export Uganda’s oil to Kenya, would pass through Kenya or Tanzania routes, reports the Daily Nation.

Ugandan officials, led by their Energy minister Irene Muloni, did not face any hindrance during the trip.

The passports of CS Keter, Andrew Kamau (Petroleum Principal Secretary), Mr Joseph Njoroge (Energy PS) AND Sylevester Kasuku (Lapsset CEO), were confiscated for hours on end, as efforts to enter Tanga with the Ugandan delegation were thwarted.

This follows Kenya failure to invite Tanzania President Pombe Magufuli for talks held between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Yoweri Museveni, at State House, Nairobi.

Tanzania had no issue with the oil pipeline passing through its territory but were left out of the Nairobi meeting.

Mr Kamau was quoted by the Daily Nation as saying:

“We are basically captives here. They have refused to give us back our passports for about one hour. They have also refused us entry into the port of Tanga,”
“They only allowed the Uganda delegation into the port,”

Uganda and Kenya have not agreed on proposed oil pipeline after Museveni expressed fears of delay in construction of the Lamu port, pipeline and the general insecurity in the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzania counterpart, Magufuli, don’t enjoy a warm relationship.

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