In Summary
  • Speaking during the handing over of the cheques to the county government at the Kenya School of Government in Kabarnet, Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi said communities had every right to benefit from the resources
  • Mr Cheboi cited the exploration by Tullow Oil in Kerio Valley and the power generation by Geothermal Development Company in Silale as opportunities which residents must benefit from

After waiting for years, a Danish firm has paid the Endorois community that lives adjacent to Lake Bogoria Sh2.3 million in royalties for enzymes generated from the lake.

The money from Danish Bio-Enzyme Company will be issued in form of bursaries for more than 200 students from the minority community.

Local civil society organisations have, however, demanded full disclosure of all the money from the deal.

“The Endorois people need to know the companies involved and what mechanisms were used to arrive at the figure. The county needs to put in place mechanisms to protect our natural resources,” Baringo Human Rights Consortium coordinator Kipruto Kimosop told Nation.

Speaking during the handing over of the cheques to the county government at the Kenya School of Government in Kabarnet, Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi said communities had every right to benefit from the resources.

“I urge the county assembly to enact laws which will safeguard the interests of residents where natural resources are found. This will reduce tension and conflict,” said Mr Cheboi.

NATURAL RESOURCES
He urged companies that are involved in exploration of natural resources in the county to consult all relevant stakeholders.

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