Kenyan team to probe Omo River dam project in Ethiopia

Elias Kifle | June 2nd, 2009

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (Daily Nation) — A high-level Kenyan delegation arrived on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to investigate the alleged adverse environmental impact of the country’s Gibe III hydro-power dam project on Lake Turkana in the Rift Valley province.

The delegation of 14 officials and experts are drawn from Kenyan Environment Ministry, Office of the President and KenGen company.

Ethiopian authorities received the team at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The delegation is scheduled to meet its Ethiopian counterparts on Wednesday.

The team is also scheduled to visit the Gibe III dam site. The delegation has been assigned to investigate the situation on the ground and to submit a report to the Kenyan government.

Following strong protest against the dam project, World Bank and the European Investment Bank, which the Ethiopian government hoped would fund the project, have refused to get involved.

State-owned Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation, which owns the project, is looking to the African Development Bank (AfDB) for financial assistance. AfDB is yet to announce its final decision on whether to finance it or not.

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