The Nile Basin includes 10 countries, who either share the water or contribute to the world’s longest river. By Aggrey Mutambo/EAC

 




A handout satellite image showing a closeup view of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Ethiopia on July 12, 2020. PHOTO | REUTERS



Ethiopia put up the facility on the Blue Nile, which contributes 85 per cent of the River’s water.

Kenya and peers in the Nile Basin want the African Union to continue mediating in the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), fearing external influence may derail the search for a deal.

This week, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt failed to reach a final agreement on how to utilise the dam without affecting the amount of water reaching the lower riparian states. But the three countries admitted they had reached “an understanding” on most issues.

At a meeting of the African Union Bureau of Heads of States on Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the three countries should continue working through the AU as each one’s interests will be assured.

« This process has vividly shown that ‘African solutions to African problems’ is the way to go. We can resolve our disputes through negotiations and mediation within the framework of the African Union, » the President said, according to talking points shared by State House on Tuesday.

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The Bureau, which is chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, also includes leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, Mali, Egypt, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.