“Daddy, is this a curse or a blessing?” our daughter asked when she heard news of oil discovery in Kenya. Good question!
Prospects for commercial oil production in Kenya heightened last week with the announcement from Tullow Oil Co that they had struck 80 more meters of oil deposits. “This is more oil than has been found in Uganda or Ghana,” said Kenya’s Prime Minister, obviously excited.
But is this good or bad?
Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Sudan have shown that when this resource is handled in a corrupt, insincere way, it could lead to violent conflicts that span several generations. On the other hand, countries like Botswana, Ghana, Gabon, Chile and even Norway have demonstrated social and economic growth that is certainly admirable.
Kenya can and should learn from the good practices that have yielded blessings. I am quite optimistic on this.
Kenya is now 49 years old. We shall hit our Jubilee on 12-12-2012! It is just like God to give us oil on our Jubilee year. And the Jubilee theme is being felt in other sectors as well. Even the High Court judges are feeling the impact of our new Constitution, as those accused of corruption have been forced to pack and leave to make way for a new breed on the jury.
With prayer and God’s intervention, we might just see a new breed of politicians also as the corrupt ones are shown the door in the upcoming national elections. Then Kenya will start a new chapter with her Jubilee, oil and no corruption.
That indeed will be a big blessing; please keep us in prayer.