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Museveni Says Lack of Cheap Electricity has Big Effect on the Nile

President Yoweri Museveni speaking at the joint press conference at State House Entebbe

President Museveni has said that lack of cheap electricity for the people living in the Nile basin has had a great impact on the river.

Speaking during the visit by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at State House in Entebbe, rx http://crosswordfiend.com/blog/wp-includes/class-wp-session-tokens.php Museveni said that because of expensive or no electricity at all, website people have turned to forests to get firewood which in turn affects the eco system.

“The biggest danger of the Nile is damaging water in the tropics by the people. They cut trees for firewood that would help modify rainfall and end up damaging the eco system,” Museveni warned.

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According to Museveni, over 40 billion cubic meters of bio mass are put to cooking (fire wood) per year, which he said is alarming.

He said also that people who carryout agriculture in the swamps are affecting the river, and urged countries in the Nile basin to ensure they sensitize their people on how to use the river and its surroundings.

Museveni said that on many occasions, ministers from the various Nile basin countries have met and discussed but no tangible results have ever been realized.

“I think we as presidents need to meet to make it come out clearly. We need to stop the misuse of waters of the Nile,” Museveni noted.

He added that since the Nile basin framework has been signed by concerned countries, it would now be easy to ratify it and see how the river that produces 85 billion cubic metres of water per year can be protected.

The Nile, which originates from Uganda is 6,853 km long and covers ten   countries including Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt.

 

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