Cost-sharing the GERD with Egypt
is a responsible overture; granting a supervisory role to Egypt would be an
If Turkish Anadolu News Agencys headline claim
of Ethiopia rejects
Egypts request to Build the Grand
Ethiopian Renaissance Dam [(GERD) is
true, it then means that H.E. Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalgn has added a
feather to his leadership cap, for Egypts Interim President, Adli Mansours overture is a
subtle ploy to bulldoze Ethiopias sovereignty over the dam, and to
arm-lock Ethiopia into transferring ownership of GERD to Egypt - something no
Ethiopian leader can afford to give away.
In as far as the aching desire of
Ethiopians to get out of a vicious cycle of poverty quickly, as well as the realization
of the lofty goals of EPRDFs Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) are
concerned, the timely and successful completion of the GERD remains the be-all
and end-all of EPRDFs hopes, dreams,
programs and ideals.
No one really needs to be reminded here
of the irrefragable evidence at hand to highlight Egypt has always nurtured and
fostered policies inimical to the national interest of Ethiopia. Who would ever
forget how our people got enraged, incensed, infuriated and exasperated by Egyptian
politicians Destabilise Ethiopia fulminations on a live Egyptian TV broadcast?
Egypts offer is a
Building mega projects jointly, the
benefits of which would go a long way towards the enhancement of the standard
of living of the people of two friendly nations, is not a new-fangled idea.
village is example galore. A case in point is the 50.5 km Eurotunnel linking the
United Kingdom with France. And closer to home, not if but when, the
Lamu-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia (LAPSSET), rail-linking the Kenyan Port of Lamu
with South Sudan and Ethiopia is realized, it would showcase the finest
intra-state state cooperation among states with shared vision and trust in the
Horn of Africa. But the current state of Ethiopia-Egypt relation is a whole new
ball game. Where for instance are the friendly, amiable and sincere atmosphere?
Where is the scintilla of trust? How is it then that Egypt has found it
imperative to come up with yet another sinister plan? I am of the opinion that
Egypt is in the midst of applying Fabian tactics (to wear out ones opponent by
delay and evasion, rather than confrontation in the style of the ancient Roman
General Fabius) in its dealings with Ethiopia. It wants more time for the dust
in Egypt to settle, before it flexes its military muscle on Ethiopia with
intent to safe guard what the Greek historian Herodotus called The gift of
When one goes through the various
Egyptian proposals with a fine-tooth comb, one realises Egypts urge to join Ethiopia
on the ongoing construction of the GERD. I just wonder if this Egyptian bubble
is driven by the age-old saying, If you cant beat them join them, and then
That is why it is imperative for Addis
Ababa to stop its bout of navel-gazing and move on without Egypt. If Prime
Minister means what he says: I want to be leader of a listening Government, then it behooves him right to address public clamor:
Stop mollycoddling the Egyptians!