We have all seen it in the news and we all know from history that Northern Kenya is a fragile and vulnerable Ecosystem faced with many a challenges occasioned by climate change, poverty, malnutrition, bad politics and tribal conflicts to mention but a few. Allow me to bring to your attention another of the many afflictions facing our people in the Lake Turkana basin communities; Gibe 3 dam.
Dams have quite the potential to be disastrous; now, this project is called Gibe 3 since there is Gibe 1 and Gibe 2. About 10 days after its high-profile inauguration ceremony Gibe II experienced a head-race tunnel collapse "provoked by an unforeseen geological event” ...you
assume right, repairs cost money! What's more, the same Italian contractors; Salini Costruttori 'won' the no bidding contract for Gibe 3.
|L. Turkana photo from International rivers website|
- Europe has withdrawn funding (EIB- European Investment Bank)
- Italy's export credit agency (SACE) has denied support to the
- World Bank is not financing the project (because of the Indigenous peoples
safeguard policy and the Bank's Procurement policy)
- US bank is also not getting involved because of violation of environmental standards which the have previously endorsed
- African Development Bank has also withdrawn its support because of violation of International procurement laws
Truth is Ethiopia cannot complete the project without International support therefore, "Let's not waste development aid (US$1.75 billion) on a dodgy and destructive deal that is Gibe 3!!" Said reform the World Bank campaign.
It’s a rather sad issue, laden with hydro-politics (http://www.stopgibe3.org/pdf/The%20Gilgel%20Gibe%20Affair.pdf ) but we have to and we must stand up for what is right! Our people, our water, our rights!
To sign the petition against the completion of the destructive dam>>>