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Egypt loses veto power on River Nile

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  1. admissionletter

    admissionletter Senior Member

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    Tuesday, 1st March, 2011

    KAMPALA - Egypt is set to lose its veto power on rights to Nile waters after Burundi signed a deal paving the way for the ratification of a new treaty on the great river, an official said yesterday.

    “After Burundi signed (Monday), now the agreement can come into force,” Daniel Meboya, regional spokesman at the Entebbe-based Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) that led the negotiations, told AFP in Kampala.

    Burundi has now joined Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya in agreeing to the deal, which seeks to strip Egypt of its long-held rights to the Nile.

    Now that six Nile countries have signed on to the accord, the country’s parliaments can move forward with ratification of the deal, Meboya said.

    All six parliaments are expected to ratify the Cooperative Framework Agreement, which is then expected to create the Nile Basin Commission, a body that will decide on river projects in the region.

    Last year, after a decade of talks, four Nile nations inked a deal that allowed upstream countries to implement irrigation and hydropower projects without first seeking Egypt’s approval.

    For decades, Egypt held veto rights over all upstream projects, following powers granted by a 1929 colonial-era treaty with Britain.

    Egypt’s subsequent 1959 deal with Sudan gave the two downstream countries more than 90 percent control of Nile waters.

    Egypt and Sudan boycotted the ceremony where the new treaty was unveiled, and vowed not to recognise any deal agreed without their consent.

    At the May 2010 ceremony, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia agreed to scrap both Egypt’s veto rights and the 90 percent control provision.

    The signing ceremony marked the close of negotiations, and the other affected countries, including Kenya, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo were given one year to ink the deal.

    Kenya signed shortly after the ceremony and Burundi signed Monday, the last possible day for signature.

    “Now it is for the six individual legislatures to ratify the treaty,” Meboya said.

    Egypt and Sudan have argued their water supply would be dangerously reduced if upstream countries are able to divert the river flow without multilateral consultation.

    While the upstream nations refused to reopen negotiations, as Egypt requested, the NBI had scheduled an extraordinary meeting in January to help ease Egypt’s concerns about the pact.

    That meeting, according to Meboya, was cancelled due to the uprising in Egypt, but is slated to take place in Nairobi later this month.

    Eritrea and south Sudan were allowed to observe the protracted Nile Basin process, but were not recognised as negotiating parties.

    The 6,700-kilometre Nile River is a confluence of the White Nile, whose source is Lake Victoria in east Africa, and the Blue Nile that springs from the Ethiopian highlands.

    Egypt’s 80 million inhabitants draw about 90 percent of their water needs from the Nile. Cairo maintains that, even by the favourable terms of current agreements, its water needs cannot be met by the Nile alone after 2017.

    AFP
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    Gad ONEYA JF-Expert Member

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    :rain:
     
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    Zing JF-Expert Member

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    May be na wao wataenda ICC.
    teh teh teh
     
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    Mallaba JF-Expert Member

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    Hizi ni habari nzuri sana,
    Nakumbuka hata Lake Victoria kulikuwa na sheria inayozuia kuyatumia hayo maji ndio wakati wa Mkapa akakataa na kusema ni lazima tupate maji kutoka Victoria.
    Sheria zingine zinakuwa nai kandamizi sana.
     
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    Butola JF-Expert Member

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    Hawa wa Burundi walikuwa wanamwogopa Mubarak nini?
     
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    Mtumishi Wetu JF-Expert Member

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    Mheshimiwa Mkapa akaanzisha mradi wa kupeleka maji Shinyanga toka ziwa Victoria.
    Sasa huyu Bwn hawezi kuanzisha Hydro Power Project kwenye mto Kagera yenye maji mengi, ili tupate umeme wa uhakika, maana njia ni nyeupe haina vikwazo!!!!!!
     
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    MaxShimba JF-Expert Member

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    Does it rain in Egypt?
     
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    Mtazamaji JF-Expert Member

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    M ambo mengine ni uzembe wa viongozi na watendaji wetu.
    H ata wakazi wa mwanza, kagera, mara kigoma kuna baadhi wako mijini na maji ya bomba bado ni shida .Sa na vitu kama hivi vilikuwa vinasubiri nini. tutasingizia mikataba sometime wachawi tunao ndani humu humu

    Wakazi wa dar wana matataizo ya maji kuliko wa kazi ya cairo. Why?

    On papers and pilitically this sound good but sioni kama kuna kitakachobadilika.
     
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    admissionletter Senior Member

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    Nadhani ule wakati wa kuogopa baadhi ya viongozi wa Afrika kama Mubarak (enzi zake!) and Gadafi umepita. Sasa naona ni wakati wote tuzungumze on equal terms. Kama wao wana shida wa kufanya irrigation na sisi tuna shida ya umeme kwa hiyo hi haki tutumie hayo maji ya victoria kuzalisha umeme
     
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    bitimkongwe JF-Expert Member

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    Boycott ya sherehe kwa Egyptians na Sudanese haiwasaidii cho chote.

    Ni vyema wakawa wapole kwa upstream users ili wawabakishie maji kwa ajili ya matumizi wao walioko downstream.
     
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