INTERNATIONAL - Kenya exported its first crude oil on Monday, amid pointed speeches by local leaders asking the government to stick to its commitment to share revenues from future shipments equitably.
Although commercial production is years away, the discovery of oil has heightened expectations that citizens, especially those living adjacent to the deposits, will benefit.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in March signed into law a long-awaited petroleum bill that regulates oil exploration and production and outlines how revenues will be shared between the government, local communities and companies.
Of the revenues due to the state, the law allocates 20 percent to local government, 5 percent to the communities living where oil was found and 75 percent to the central government. An earlier draft gave 10 percent to the communities.
The law also says parliament will review the percentages within 10 years.