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The East African : March 17th 2014
16 The EastAfrican NEWS MARCH 15-21,2014 Kenya depo≥ts th≥ee aliens accused of te≥≥o≥ism By A CORRESPONDENT AFP KENYA HAS deported three foreign men, accused of fighting alongside Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab insurgents, to Belgium to face trial on terrorism charges, diplomatic sources said Friday. The men, Belgian Mus- tapha Bouyabaren, Frenchman Rachid Benomari and Algerian Mohamed Said, were all jailed in July 2013 for a year after pleading guilty to entering Kenya illegally. The men are believed to have arrived in Kenya from Somalia, where a brutal Islamist insurgency is raging to topple the government. Judges in the Kenyan capital ordered that Benomari and Said be deported on Thursday, while Bouyabaren was ordered to be sent to Belgium earlier in the week, diplomatic sources added. In Belgium, the three will join the trial of 16 others which opened on Monday. According to Le Soir daily, Benomari has appeared in photos brandishing a knife with which he promised to “cut the throat of infidels”. The Brussels trial, which is taking place under heightened security, comes amid mounting concern over the number of Belgians believed to be travelling to Africa, Syria and the Afghan-Pakistani border to fight alongside jihadist groups. In recent years, several foreigners crossed from Kenya into Somalia to join the Shabaab, but now advances by African Union troops and infighting within the group have seen some foreigners leave the insurgents. TWIN DISCOVERY British Gas will now carry further tests to determine commercial viability. Pic: File UK firm reports oil and gas find Upbeat Ene≥gy Cabinet Sec≥eta≥y Davies Chi≥chi≥ te≥ms the twin discove≥y ‘a significant find’ By ZEDDY SAMBU The EastAfrican The EastAfrican newspaper will on 29th March 2014, publish a report on Securing East Africa’s Food Basket. This report will highlight the importance of promoting an innovative, commercially-oriented and modern Agricultural sector. It will focus on; • Increasing productivity of crops and livestock through new technology • Introducing land use policies for utilisation of high and medium potential lands; • Putting more arid and semi-arid lands under irrigation for both crops and livestock • Improving market access for smallholders through better marketing • Accessing funds for the sector • Corporates supporting food security To advertise in this feature contact: +254 721 582819 E. Walumbe email@example.com or +255 767 223 311 K. D’souza firstname.lastname@example.org or +256 772 411054 E. Bamwine email@example.com B ritish gas has discovered off-shore oil and gas de- posits in Lamu at the Kenyan Coast. This becomes the second company to find the precious resources in Kenya after Tullow, which discovered oil in Turkana in 2010. Energy Cabinet Secretary Davies Chirchir, who termed the discovery as a significant find, said it was also unique in the sense that both minerals were discovered in the same well. “This is a very prospective discovery, though we are yet to determine whether it commercially viable,” Mr Chirchir said on Friday while addressing a forum of energy sector players in Nairobi. The company, which is li- censed to explore gas, made the twin discovery on the offshore Block L10A and will now carry further tests to determine commercial viability. “The block is situated near the Mbawa1 and L4 with a high potential for gas,” Mr Chirchir said. Titanium, rare earth and niobium have been discovered in Kwale County also on the Kenyan coast. The latest oil and gas dis- covery, if confirmed to be commercially viable, will significantly alter the economic importance of the coastal region. It will also boost to the planned Lamu Port and Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) Corridor project. OTHER FINDS Gas: Britsh Gas is also the second company to announce discovery of gas after a US firm, Apache Corporation, in September 2010, announced a gas find although was not commercially viable. Oil: Tullow in January had a find at Lokichar, near Lake Turkana, putting the total estimate to one billion barrels of reserves. Tullow has been exploring oil in Turkana for the past three years with success rate of 100 per cent from seven wells. Nairobi has moved to fast-track production and put out international tender for the design and construction of crude oil pipeline connecting Turkana oil fields to port of Lamu. Lapsset incorporates re- fineries, pipelines, railways, roads and resort cities and is expected to link Kenya with its two northern neighbours, Southern Sudan and Ethiopia, while opening up the marginalised northern areas. The block is owned by BG Group with a 45 per cent interest. Other partners are Thailand’s PTTEP (15 per cent) and Pancontinental Oil & Gas (15 per cent). Another company, Premier Oil, withdrew its 20 per cent stake from the block last year.
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