Yaani sasa Egypt wanaaidi kutuchimbia visima eti tusitumie maji ya victoria, tunahitaji maji ya bomba(piped water kutoka lake victoria) sio visima, hatuishi mwaka 47. Tanzania don't be fooled by this nonsense. Source:Ipp media Nations of the Nile Basin this week, amid reports that it has also offered to dig 230 water wells in Kenya and Tanzania to ease the pressure for need of river Nile waters. Talking to reporters in Kampala, Uganda, on at an African heads of State summit, the Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif sounded a conciliatory note in the dispute over how Nile waters should be shared by the countries it passes through, Reuters has reported. "There are no strategic differences between us," Egyptian Prime Minister told reporters at the summit. "The issue is only on some technical points that need resolution. The purpose of the Nile Basin agreements is development." The words mark a softening of the Egyptian position since a meeting of water ministers from the nine countries last month in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where Egypt had seemed to have taken a rather harsh stance. "Ask the Egyptians to leave their culture and go and live in the desert because you need to take this water and to add it to other countries? No," Egyptian Water Minister Mohamed Nasreddin Allam had told Reuters. After more than a decade of talks driven by anger over the perceived injustice of a previous Nile water treaty signed in 1929, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya signed a new deal in May without their northern neighbours. The five signatories have given the other Nile Basin countries -- Egypt, Sudan, Burundi and Democratic Republic of the Congo -- one year to join the pact but the countries have been torn by behind-the-scenes debate since the signing. The Nile, stretching more than 6,600 km from east and central African hiighlanda to the Mediterranean, is a vital water and energy source for the countries through which it flows. Egyptian state news agency, MENA, reported that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Nazif agreed at the AU summit that a meeting of the nine states, to take place in Nairobi by November, should be attended by heads of state. Burundi and Democratic Republic of the Congo have not signed the deal yet and have so far been tight-lipped about whether they plan to or not. Under the original pact Egypt, which faces possible water shortages by 2017, is entitled to 55.5 billion cubic metres a year, the lion's share of the Nile's total flow of around 84 billion cubic metres. Some 85 per cent of the Nile's waters originate in Ethiopia. In a separate development, Egypt has pledged to dig a total of 210 water wells in Kenya and Tanzania, and to provide development assistance to the tune of USD200m, according to media reports. No time frame has been given for implementation of the projects aimed at reducing East Africa's dependence on the river Nile waters, nonetheless. A number of agreements are being prepared to strengthen cooperation with various countries of the Nile Basin, Allam has told the Holland publication Amsterday African Bulletin. The planned cooperative projects include the digging of 180 wells in Kenya, 30 wells in Tanzania and 200 million dollars aid to Uganda, the minister has said. The secretary general of the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa, Fatma Galal, had earlier denied reports Egypt wanted to exclude from the fund experts from countries of the Nile Basin, in the wake of the new Nile basin agreement signature by five countries bordering the Nile about the fair use of the Nile waters. The Egyptian minister has said, however, that the support of Egypt to the Nile Basin countries is irreversible, despite the disagreement on the water use topic in which the upstream countries of Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya signed the new agreement in May with Cairo and Sudan boycotting it. A 1929 colonial era treaty gives Egypt and Sudan the right to use approximately 90 per cent of the water resources of the Nile while Cairo also gets the right to veto any project affecting the river water flow. The new agreement seeks to annul this treaty. In the heat of this dispute, Egypt is seeking soft ways of finding a solution, which includes helping water source nations find alternative sources of water other than the river Nile. In the meantime, Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) countries agreed about four weeks ago to hold an extraordinary session in Nairobi, Kenya, for talks aimed at finding a solution to the disagreements sparked by the signing of the new agreement by five water source nations. Upstream countries strongly argue that Egypt and Sudan have kept an unfair water sharing advantage over other Nile source countries including Ethiopia which contributes over 80 per cent of the total waters to the Nile basin. Sudan has remained aloof and recently said it would cease cooperation with Nile Basin Initiative's countries until the bickering had stopped. The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that the country had requested the other Nile basin states to freeze its membership until the current dispute over an agreement signed by the Nile source countries is resolved. "Sudan has affirmed that signing of the framework agreement by five countries is violating the basic principles upon which the Nile Basin Initiative was established," Kamal Ali Mohamed, Sudanese minister of irrigation, was quoted by Xinhua as saying from Addis Ababa "Sudan sees that continuation in activities of the Nile basin, after five countries have unilaterally signed a framework agreement, contradicts the basic law and principles for dealing with the Nile Basin countries where it is stipulated that decisions should be taken unanimously," he said. But Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya have reiterated that they would not backtrack from the framework agreement which they signed on May 2010 on the Nile water sharing in the absence of Sudan and Egypt. NBI is a partnership of the Nile Basin Countries which includes Burundi, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Eritrea enters as an observer nation. The partnership was established to achieve sustainable socio-economic development through equitable utilization of and the benefits from the common Nile Basin water resources. It provides a unique forum for these countries to move forward a cooperative process to realize tangible benefits in the Basin and build a solid foundation of trust and confidence. Speaking at the opening of the meeting in Addis Ababa on Sunday, Asfaw Dingamo, Ethiopian Minister of Water Resources, said NBI member countries should further strengthen efforts to maintain the long-term vision of the Initiative. "We need to demonstrate to the world now, as we have done before, that despite our disagreements we are capable of working together, maintaining the long-term vision. We have to demonstrate to the world that we are still focused on addressing our long-term concerns: eradicating poverty and hunger from our region, jointly and effectively responding to climate change, reversing environmental degradation, turning our region into a zone of peace, tranquility and economic growth and development," the minister said. "Let us give chance to reason, justice and fairness to provide us the foundation for building an enduring partnership and cooperation of riparians along the 7,000 km of our Great Nile," he added.