Four of the seven upstream Nile Basin Initiative countries have decided to sign a new Nile deal. Despite strong Egyptian and Sudanese opposition, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia signed a new water-sharing agreement. The other three countries, Kenya, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo are expected to sign the new deal within the next 12 months as allowed by the accord.
Bikya Masr reported:
It is water. Water for all. At least this is the argument that upstream countries along the Nile River have been saying for years, but Egypt continues to refuse to renegotiate a colonial-era treaty that would allocate more water for use in the upstream countries part of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). Egypt says that without its access to water, the country could face severe shortages and possible nationwide anxiety and protests.
Egyptian Citizen laments the current situation saying:
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Have a good look at the map when we once had a Nile.
After the Nile Basin Countries sign the new treaty without Egypt and Sudan, water prices will hit the roof – just like oil and gas.
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Our officials did not lift a finger to stop this.
To be more precise they do not know what to do.
As a matter of fact, they will not be able to do anything!
I am serious! Rescue us! Please!
Someone please intercept Israel’s plan! They say that Iran is trying to set foot in Africa instead of Israel. I hope Turkey jumps in. Why doesn’t Saudi Arabia lure them with cash or Dubai, why don’t they tempt them with investments … people .. rescue us .. we will die of thirst!
However, despite a new agreement being signed, little is likely to change. Egypt is already pushing international donor bodies, such as the World Bank – the main financier of the NBI – to cut funding to the signatories.
According to World Bank officials last July in Alexandria, they would not fund any new project without the approval of Egypt.
“Egypt is the leading country in this consortium and the World Bank will not get behind any initiative that leaves them out,” a World Bank official said at the time on the sidelines of the NBI conference in the Egyptian port city
Meanwhile, The Egyptian Silent Majority is ashamed:
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Nawara Negm disapproves of President Mubarak’s visit to Italy:
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Ethiopia tells Egypt the Nile is for all, Bikya Masr reported:
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Wednesday that the bullying of Egypt over the construction of dams along the Nile River must end as upstream nations attempt to implement a number of water projects despite Cairo’s opposition. He rejected threats by Egypt to prevent the erection of projects along the world’s longest river.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Zenawi argued that a new era in the Nile basin has begun. His statements come less than one week after Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania signed a new treaty on water-sharing along the Nile.
Egyptian Citizen wondered:
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On Nawara’s blog, the independent initiative for water conservation took off:
- Full car washing is completely prohibited; wipe your car with a wet towel.
- Minimize using water at home while bathing, getting ready to prey, or washing the dishes.
- Sprinkling water in front of buildings in the summer is prohibited.
- Use recycled water for irrigation purposes.
- Be positive and direct others on how to preserve our limited water resources.
- Upon manually washing the dishes, use a plug to conserve tap water.
- Use a dish washer if possible; it consumes less water than manual dish washing.
- Proper plumbing at home is mandatory to avoid leakage.
- Do not leave the water running while bathing, brushing your teeth, or shaving.
- Make sure all water taps in your vicinity are not dripping.
On Facebook, Against the Nile Basin Countries page was created in fear of the coming wars over water.
And another group was created to promote the Independent Initiative for Water Conservation.