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News Water War: East African Nations Squabble over River Nile

The East African newspaper reported this month that the spat was simmered by three previous unannounced visits to Cairo by a Ugandan water ministry official to negotiate a ’secret deal’ for Egypt to draw more of the Nile waters in contravention of existing multilateral agreements.

Dar es Salaam then demanded to see a copy of the political arrangement between Uganda, which shares Lake Victoria - which feeds the Nile - with Kenya and Tanzania, and Egypt whose economy is largely dependent on waters of the River Nile that drains into the Mediterranean.

It is a water war that is threatening the establishment of a permanent Nile Basin Commission that will see the regional neighbors drawing up an equitable sharing mechanism including security of water for all the riparian neighbors.

Contact information Sam Aola Ookoe
News type Inbrief
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Source of information Eco
Geographical coverage Egypt
News date 12/09/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH