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Dear Kenyans, I must say that KE media were warned about swallowing the GoK line on the value of Turkana oil and about the need to manage expectations. Sadly, they refused to listen. Which gives a hypocritical tinge to the outrage they are now expressing. standardmedia.co.ke/…