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Eng. Simegnew Bekele Ethiopia’s Nile Mega Dam manger assassinated in Addis Ababa

The assassination of Simegnew Bekele Engineer of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Mega Dam is the second Simegnew’s death is the second of a high-profile company official gunmen ambushed and killed the country manager for Nigeria’s Dangote Cement, alongside two others in the Oromia region outside Addis Ababa.

Since the coming to power of PM Abiy, the impunity has overrun the country, ethnic cleansing is abundant in many of the Bantustan regions. In the recent explosion that wounded hundred and killed five in the day of support vigil of PM Abiy demonstrates the explosive situation in the country.

Ethiopia is pursuing “mega-projects” of megalomaniac proportion including dams, railways and industrial parks with the pretext of transforming its economy and pulling the country out of poverty rather drained the country out of any foreign reserve recently. Over 10 Million Ethiopians are famine situation in 2018.

Construction started in 2011, and two of its 16 turbines are scheduled to start producing power in 2018, the Ethiopian authorities said earlier this year. The dam dam has faced opposition from Egypt, which fears the $4-billion project on the Blue Nile will affect the river’s downstream flows.

Tripartite expert committee to study the deadly impact of the Nile Dam in Ethiopia

A committee made up of experts will be formed to oversee the implementation of the recommendations made by the International Committee of Experts to combat the impact of the Grand Ethiopian Deadly Dam.

The announcement by Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdul Muttalib comes days after the conclusion of high-level meetings in the Sudanese capital after which it was agreed to hold another meeting in January to discuss some “sticking points”.

Muttalib said last week that he and his Ethiopian and Sudanese counterparts had discussed the implementation of a mechanism to oversee the implementation of the recommendations but provided no further details. The minister announced on Sunday that this mechanism will take the form of a committee made up of an expert representative from each country and will be formed “within two weeks of approval by the ministers.”

The minister said that it had been agreed the committee would have one year to complete its work, starting from the date of its formation. All three countries will bear the cost of the committee.

The ministers agreed that all three countries will share their collected data “required to conduct complementary studies in as timely manner.”  It was also agreed to pass on the studies of the International Committee of Experts to “a select group of global consultancy firms known for their competence and experience.”

Muttalib highlighted that the meeting in Khartoum included a “lengthy debate on the presence of an international element in the work of the commission.” The ministers deferred this decision until their meeting in January, also to be held in the Sudanese capital.

The minister said last week that the meetings had been carried out “in a good spirit”. This is a marked difference from the tension that existed previously, which intensified following a blunder by Egyptian politicians who suggested espionage as a possible solution to the potential impact of the Deadly Dam.

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