11 January, 2012, Wanzala Bahati Justus
Kenya and Egypt have agreed to strengthen cooperation in conservation of water towers as a means of preserving Nile waters.
In a meeting held on 10th January 2012 in the Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Egypt committed herself to strengthening support for water conservation, drilling boreholes and building dams for irrigation and drinking water in Kenya. The meeting was between[frax09alpha] the Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and an Egyptian delegation led by the country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Kamel Amr.
Amr said under the aegis of Egyptian initiative for development in Africa, his government had made a budget for cooperation and assistance to countries in the Nile basin in the spheres of Agriculture, energy, health capacity building.
He said the Nile River was a unifying factor for countries in the Nile basin adding Egypt was committed to contributing to the conservation of the source of the River Nile.
Kenya, despite having a large number of rivers that empty their waters into lake Victoria is a source of the Nile river, Egypt’s lifeline compared to other riparian states such Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, is a water scarcity country highly affected by effects of climate change such as erratic rain and long droughts.
Egypt on the other hand is wary of activities that could limit the volume of water flowing in the Nile river and hence is keen to promote water catchment conservation efforts in countries of the upper Nile namely, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Ethiopia.
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