Kenya's leader in Ethiopia for IGAD meeting

Kenyatta will also be in Ethiopia for a four-day official visit, his first since his inauguration as president in April of last year.

Kenya's leader in Ethiopia for IGAD meeting

World Bulletin/News Desk

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will attend Monday in the Ethiopian capital a meeting of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD), a trading bloc in East Africa and the Horn of Africa.

"President Kenyatta is to attend an IGAD meeting in Ethiopia," the presidency said in a press release on Sunday.

Kenyatta is the current chair of the East African Community (EAC), a regional bloc of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

According to the statement, Kenyatta and other heads of state are to discuss regional peace and security.

Kenya is currently playing a pivotal part in the restoration of stability in Somalia and the search for a peaceful settlement to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

Kenyatta will also be in Ethiopia for a four-day official visit, his first since his inauguration as president in April of last year.

"Energy sharing issues will feature at bilateral meeting following Ethiopia’s construction of the Gibe Dam Three project," said the presidency.

The multibillion hydroelectric Renaissance Dam, expected to be completed by 2017, will make Ethiopia Africa's biggest power producer and exporter.

"Kenya will also voice its concern regarding the project’s environmental impact," said the presidency.

Kenya is concerned about the dam's effects on its Lake Turkana and River Omo downstream.

Ethiopia's Omo River is the major source of water for Kenya's Lake Turkana.

The controversial dam project has already raised alarm bells in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country, which fears a reduction of its traditional share of Nile water.

Water distribution among Nile Basin states has long been based on a colonial-era agreement granting Egypt and Sudan the lion's share of the river's water.

Addis Ababa insists the new dam will benefit downstream states Sudan and Egypt, both of which will be invited to purchase electricity thus generated.

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