President Yoweri Museveni has called for Summit of the Nile Basin Commission to be “urgently” convened to discuss the fate of River Nile.
Museveni yesterday sad the Heads of State in the countries that share the Nile need to “have a frank discussion on the issues of the Nile.”
The President made the call while hosting the President of Ethiopia, H.E Sahle–Work Zewde, who paid him a one-day working visit in Entebbe.
Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have over the years been fighting over a mega dam that the former is building on the Nile.
The dam, which will be Africa’s largest and produce 6.4 gigawatts of power and is now around 71% complete, has been strongly opposed by Egypt, when is heavily depends on the Nile waters.
Ethiopia says the power from the dam is crucially needed to help to pull many of its 100 million people out of poverty, while Egypt warns that filling the dam’s reservoir too rapidly in the coming years will threaten its fair share of Nile River waters.
During the two leaders’ meeting, President Museveni reiterated the importance of ensuring the equitable and sustainable use of the River Nile waters.
The two leaders recognized the strategic importance of the Nile for all the Riparian Countries and the livelihood of their peoples and the need to solve any issues among the countries within the framework of African solutions to African Problems.
On her part, the Ethiopian leader, Mrs Zewde welcomed Uganda’s ratification of the Cooperative Framework Agreement.
She noted that with Uganda’s ratification, an additional two ratifications would facilitate the entry into force of the Agreement.
H.E Sahle-Work Zewde briefed President Museveni on the negotiations regarding the GERD.
Earlier last month, Museveni advised African countries that share the River Nile to consider expanding their consumption to the River Congo, as a way of easing tensions.
While addressing delegates at the 20th African Water Association (AFWA) International Congress in Kampala, Museveni said countries should help the Democratic Republic of Congo achieve peace and security, so as to gain access to the River Congo’s water.
‘‘The water of the Nile is 85 billion cubic metres per year. People do not remember that Congo has 3,000 billion Cubic metres of water every year and yet you are spending a lot of time almost killing each other over the Nile,” he said.