The cabinet secretary for Energy Charles Keter together with other Kenyans was denied entry in Tanga port where they had gone to inspect an ongoing project.
Keter was accompanied by senior government officials including Petroleum Principal Secretary Andrew Kamau, his Energy counterpart Joseph Njoroge and LAPSSET CEO Sylvester Kasuku. Interestingly, their counterparts’ from Uganda were allowed in leaving the Kenyans stranded for over an hour.
The principal Secretary for Energy Andrew Kamau said that they were being held like captives adding that the Tanzanians refused to give them, their passports for unknown reasons “We are basically captives here. They have refused to give us back our passports for about one hour. They have also refused us entry into the port of Tanga,”
The team had left Lamu for Tanzania where the Proposed Ugandan pipeline is expected to pass through. Analysts suggest that the reason for withholding was more of a revenge for Kenya failiong to invite the Tanzanians on Monday for the talks that involved President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Yoweri Museveni.