In Summary
  • The jobseekers are from Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to give them jobs.
  • Women, men and the elderly have been braving the morning cold to pitch camp outside the largest company in Mombasa West.
  • KPRL came back to life when Kenya’s first crude oil from Turkana arrived at the facility last week.

Hundreds of jobseekers have been pitching camp at the Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited (KPRL) depot in Mombasa following the start of transportation of oil from Turkana.

Women, men and the elderly have been braving the morning cold outside the largest company in Mombasa West to seek employment.

The jobseekers are from Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa, and have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to give them jobs.

Some of the youths who have pitched camp at the KPRL used to work at the company as casual labourers but were rendered jobless since the refinery was decommissioned five years ago.

“I have been here at this refinery ever since the crude oil arrived hoping we will be employed but we have not been offered any opportunities. I am trained in safety measures,” Michael Abuka, said.

KPRL came back to life when Kenya’s first crude oil from Turkana arrived at the facility last week.

Mombasa West hosts industries and giant parastatals including the Kenya Pipeline Company, Kenya Railways Corporation, Moi International Airport and Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen).

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