The Egyptian government must grant its approval to the Nile basin countries if anyone of them want to build any projects on the Nile whether from dams or stations or any other project whether on the river or the tributaries or lakes that would affect the share of Egypt from the water Nile as this is her natural and historical right.
During the Sadat era we used our military forces threat to remind the Nile basin countries in 1980 that we were not that tolerant when it comes to the Nile especially Ethiopia which had a soviet back up then , the famous Red Mengistu * wanted to mess with the wrong man , may be Nasser was dead but who said that Sadat was tolerant when it comes to our share of Nile.
There have been continuous warnings that Israel was and is still messing around in the Nile Basin countries encouraging them to build dams giving them expertise needed to do such thing in order to affect Egypt's share from the Nile water and it is enough to see Lieberman for some reason visiting these countries to know that it is not coincidence. For years there have been warning that that Ethiopia was building not only one dam but several dams.
The last dam made the headlines in Egypt thanks to the warnings of Dr. Mamdouh Hamza in official and unofficial publications "Like Rosa Al Youssef and Al Dostor" was the Tekeze dam.
The Tekeze dam is one the Tekeze river in Ethiopia which is considered one of the tributaries of the Nile.The dam surprisingly was not built by Israeli help but with our friends help , with Italian and Chinese help , yup our friends as the official media portrays them.
Thanks to Hamza we began to hear something from our officials and more surprisingly is that this dam’s construction started in August 2002 , yes 2002; all that time we were sleeping in honey !! The dam was finished and we did not know.
Here is a video from the Tekeza Dam site :
Dr.Hamza said that the dam doesn't appear on Google earth and it was a shady conspiracy , of course I respect the man too much and I believe this was true in the past but now the dam in on Google earth ,you can see it here.
View Tekeze Dam Location in a larger map
Of course what came from the officials was more of relaxation statements , relax everyone there is no danger or threat from that dam.
They even brought the Ethiopian water resources minister Asfaw Dingamo to tell us in Egypt that this dam is only for generating electricity and there is no threat on water share; the same water share Ethiopia is already refusing and demands to be re-determined. Ironically this dam when you read more about you will know that it is dangerous to Ethiopia and its environment judging on its cons which have been discussed by the world. Among the cons of the Tekeze Dam :
1// Tekeze will completely change the face of one of Africa's deepest canyons. The deepness of the canyon walls will likely contribute to major sedimentation at the dam site once the region is flooded
2//The siltation will likely reduce the capacity and lifespan of the dam, leading to reductions in irrigation and economic growth.
I would like to see this video from BBC about the Gilgel Gibe III Dam on the Gilgel Gibe river “unlike Tekeze thank God it is not related to the Nile” .
Of course Ethiopia and also Uganda have leashed on us a war in their media. Egypt should be realistic and stop being selfish according to the Ugandans whom I respect their point of view very much despite I do not like that threatening tone on how the Nile basin states Shall not be tolerant forever. Of course the Ugandan newspaper forgot to mention that the Ethiopia and also our ally Sudan are no longer tolerant and have been building dams that would affect us all not only Egypt.
Of course the Ugandan newspaper forgot to mention that Egyptians already will suffer from Water shortage by year 2017 making the Uganda and other Nile basin states much more fortunate than Egypt. I understand their concern so much and I understand that part of this crisis is our mistake.
With my all respect in the current there is a huge responsibility lay on us whether a regime or the people . We are wasting the Nile water in the best way we can using it in useless projects like golf courts and those endless swimming pools everywhere where as farmers do not have access to clean water and use sewage instead and people across the country can't have a clean glass of water !!!!??
Of course the official media is attacking the farmers and does not dare to open its mouth against the businessmen who are wasting our precious water in useless projects and polluting with their industrial and chemical wastes. I believe the current crisis , the current struggle is an alarm to all of us.