Kenya plans action to block Sudanese oil trade

Jul 08, 2002 02:00 AM

Kenya parliament may soon deliberate on a motion seeking to ban any oil companies trading in Sudanese oil from conducting business in Kenya. This was disclosed in Nairobi during the launching of a video footage "Blood for Oil" about Sudanese conflict.
The motion filed by Mukhisa Kituyi, a member of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, hoped to ensure that Kenya does not purchase the oil since its revenues were used to finance the civil war in the Sudan.

The proposed motion has legislative backing of four other MPs -- Paul Muite, Gitobu Imanyara, Wanyiri Kihoro and Anyan'g Nyong'o, who earlier this year visited Southern Sudan in an attempt to inform the world of the actual situation in the region and jointly advocate for peace in the Sudan.
"Kenyans have to wake up to what is happening in the neighbouring Sudan. If Kenya buys the oil, it will be arming Sudan government and therefore will be party to the conflict," said Wanyiri Kihoro.

Anyang' Nyong'o appealed to architects of New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) to consider the settlement of all internal conflicts and the recognition of the self-determination of the oppressed people of southern Sudan.
He told the Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) to hold fast to the determination of principles and to guarantee southern Sudan the freedom that its people have fought for. He urged nations and the people of the world to denounce anybody doing business with the Khartoum regime, especially when it continues to bomb innocent civilians in securing the oil fields for its own political and economic gains.
"We denounce all multinational companies engaged in this oil game, the oil that they exploit while the people of the New Sudan shed blood and continue to die in the worst holocaust that has persisted into the 21st century," he said.

Source: African Church Information Service/All Africa Global Media
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