Dr. Richard Leakey: How Climate Change Affects East Africa

Posted on 4 June 2008. Filed under: Environment, Lifestyle, Links |

Dr. leakeyDr. Richard Leakey talks on climate change with WildlifeDirect’s former Communications Manager, Dipesh Pabari of Sukuma Kenya

How is climate change beginning to affect Kenya and East Africa as a whole?
There is a huge gap in our knowledge on the impact of climate change in East Africa. At the moment, very little research is being done that gives us a clear picture on the modelling of impacts in this sub-region on climate change. The general feeling is that we will see more dramatic droughts and more dramatic precipitation. Whether this will fall into the cycles we have grown accustomed to, or whether the monsoonal changes that will result in increased warming of the Indian Ocean will give us a totally different weather pattern, we don’t know. The expectation, however, is that some areas in Kenya will get more rain and other areas will get less rain on average and the periods of no rain may be extended and longer while the degree of rainfall may increase to the point where flooding, mudslides and that sort of a thing become a serious issue.

One of the things that is recognised and now fully understood is that the melting snows or ice in the Antarctic is going to affect currents and the increased temperature on the ocean surface is going to bring changes in the direction of the monsoons which do not have to shift very far to take more or less rain in a certain direction.

Have you noticed any drastic changes to the environment in the Turkana Basin over the years that you have been working there?
We know from accurate geological and archaeological records that for the past 8000 years, Lake Turkana has received 95% of its water from the Ethiopian Highlands down the Omo River. 8000/7000 years ago, Lake Turkana was about 300 ft higher than it is today. The drop in the level of is a direct correlation of less rainfall in the Ethiopian Highlands.

When I first went to work in Lake Turkana in the late 60’s, the lake level was about 50 to 60 feet higher than it is today. There is no major hydroelectric dams or major irrigation schemes on the Omo River or in the Ethiopian Highlands so I believe this has to reflect changing weather patterns. Whether the weather patterns are changing because of human impact or whether it is changing because of climate change on a larger scale is not clear. But the lake level in Turkana is directly related to the quantity of rainfall falling in the Ethiopian Highlands.

What do you think is the most important factor to immediately address in terms of tackling climate change?
Population growth is as far as I am concerned is probably the single most worrying factor for the planet. We can look at a farm, we can look at a national park – we can say the carrying capacity of that area is “x”. If we look at the planet, the carrying capacity for our planet has been exceeded. This planet has too many people on it. How we address this I don’t know. But I am certain if we don’t address it, many of the good efforts being made to cut carbon dioxide emissions and to find alternative sources of energy won’t have the desired effect. It has got to be linked and conceptualised in a way that stabilises the human population and ultimately brings the numbers down.

It is only if you bring numbers down that we will be able to find a way for resource utilisation per capita to increase. It is the only way you are going to deal with poverty and unless you deal with poverty, the situation can only spiral downwards. This is a massive problem and the solutions are not simply condoms versus draconian measures such as one child per family. It has to be looked at in different countries in different ways. I think there has to be a commitment everywhere to slow and stop population growth. I do believe that we have been set back a long way by the opposition to family planning that is being shown by some of the religious groups and by some of the more conservative governments such as the current US administration.

What can we do as a country and regionally?
As to what Kenya can do, I would urge our researchers to look back at old records and try to draw up some picture of whether there are discernible trends. Are there are any indications that give us insight into sea level change? There is also bound to be a lot of anecdotal evidence from farmers and fishermen about seasons and when people plant crops. We need to be accumulating a great deal more local information. Looking at what happens in America, Europe or Australia isn’t going to give us the planning capacity that we need.

I believe we should also be addressing governance. We should be looking to the government to put in rules that focus on a number of things. First of all, planning for natural disasters that I think will begin to increase in frequency both from the sea with typhoons or cyclones; ocean surges; high tides and rising sea levels.
We also need to look into our planning rules such as where people are allowed to build or whether people should be clearing steep slopes in valleys that could lead to landslides. We should certainly be thinking about conservation of water; we should be thinking very carefully about how much water we can afford to waste. Can put water back into the aquifer as they do in Australia? I think we need to start thinking about government intervention in irrigation systems and the water off-take levels. We have some rules that can be improved upon as we are wasting so much water. Water harvesting is of particularly critical importance.

Water is currently such a scarce source for the majority of Kenyans. How are authorities to prepare for such drastic measures when we are already in such dire straits?
Authorities must prepare for climate change. Water is fundamental. This has to take into account not only the harvesting of water but also the recycling of water and adaptation of technologies that don’t lead to waste. Storm water, for example, could be harvested.

There are a number of things that can be done in the urban areas that would improve our life. Many of our urban water systems were put in place in the 50s and 60s. Most of the supplies are losing 50 to 70% to leakages. If you go to Lamu, the last official study suggested that 70% of the water from rain fed wells was simply leaking out of broken pipes.

If you drive along the highways in Nairobi where there are water pipes on the side, you will see many flower nurseries where people are planting flowers to sell. Their source of water is broken pipes – there are no springs on the road, those are just broken water systems. It is all over the country. We should fix these things. There is a lot we can do. But it will take time and it will take money and it needed to have started years ago.

We also need to participate in some of the global studies to give us a better indication on the likelihood of crop failure particularly how it would impact on small scale farmers. These are subsistence people who can move from a meagre existence to famine in a relatively small period of time. So I think there are a number of things that we could be doing to recognise that over the next fifty years, the Kenya we know will not be here. It would have changed very dramatically in terms of when the rain falls, how much falls, where people live, how people live, what they eat, how they grow their crops.

There are so many global movements that focus on reducing our carbon footprints. Do you think this is something that we should be concerned with in our region and in what particular area of life?
Although our output of carbon dioxide from transportation is relatively small, this is no reason not to be more serious about our carbon dioxide emissions. Much more should be done by urban authorities to insist on more efficient transportation such as vehicles that have better emission standards. If public transport is sufficiently reliable, many of us would not have to drive our cars to work. The condition of our roads and the fact that so many cars use the roads carrying only one or two people can all be avoided. This should be addressed. We could have commuter trains that carry large numbers in whom at the moment, travel in vehicles that only seat 14 people. This is highly inefficient.

We have to recognise that while we may not be a significant contributor to the global carbon dioxide totals; our small contribution of fumes that we are pumping into the air is taking its toll. In the mornings when there is no wind, you can see the brown, yellow smog over the city. This is going into our lungs and it is bound to have an effect over the long term. I don’t know what the statistics are but I know from conversations that I have had with medical authorities indicate that respiratory diseases are on the increase in this country.

The question of air transport and what it is going to do – well, we are already beginning to see questions as to whether countries that fly horticultural produce to markets across the world are in fact providing organic produce. The European markets may not accept six flights a night out of Nairobi airport with flowers and green beans. I think the destination markets are going to get tougher and tougher on nations such as ours.

What are your thoughts about the north-south carbon trading initiatives?
Carbon dioxide trading is an interesting idea and is certainly one that hasn’t been fully explored in Kenya. I think people should get a credit for retaining indigenous forest rather than simply being rewarded for replanting forests that they have cut down. I think that there are a lot of changes in the International Convention on what you can trade and how you can do it but I would think that biodiversity, indigenous forests as well as plantation forests could all lend themselves to development efforts in countries such as Kenya. We need to become much more familiar with what is possible and what can be done and I think you could see much of the reforestation necessary in this country for our timber needs, fuel and paper being financed through international funds. Sadly, many of us don’t have the capacity to access such schemes.
We in Kenya need to be conscious of the need for energy but rather than go the easy route and opt for dirty energy, we should start to demand that investors come here with the same criteria for development that exists in their own countries. There is no reason why foreign investors should make us continue to operate below standards in terms of emissions while they have been forced to clean up at home. But this takes a brave government; it takes a government that sees beyond its own lifetime. This is an institutional change that we have not seen here. It is where institutions and laws are supposed to operate irrespective of the party in power. This is something we certainly look forward to.

How do you realistically see us instilling such values as a nation when most people are so desperate to meet their daily needs?
The first issue is that there are far too many of us that are too poor. The vast majority of people aspire to a better standard of living and for them to have a better standard of living; they are going to have to have better access to resources. Whilst those resources are readily available, the wastage of those resources is not justified. What people need is justified but what people discard and waste and throw away is not. That is what people have to address.
We are certainly different from California, or France or Australia. Our electorate is generally not well informed. They are not likely to put environmental issues on the ballot. This comes later. By the same token, because our electorate are relatively straight forward, they will take all sorts of medicine given by leaders they trust. We have men and women who have had enough education to understand some of the dimensions of these problems and some of the relationships between problems and solutions and legislation. The Kenyan public would go along with a lot of measures without necessarily having to initiate it themselves. In a sense the government would say this is better for you. What worries me are long term events. For example, climate change and the impact it will have is simply not been given the attention it deserves by our leaders.
The question of whether or not the capacity of humans who are adaptive and clearly have shown remarkable abilities to live with a degrading environment, will get us through, is a question with little meaning. The fact is that the density of the human population on the planet and the needs of that population exceed the realistic resources that the planet can provide. If for example, we are living at the moment in Kenya with an average of 10-15 litres of water consumption per person per day (it is probably slightly less), but we are aspiring to a life that similar to the US where 200 litres a day is normal. Clearly the world has not got that kind of water to cope with such a demand on a global scale.

If in the context of where we are today, is there time?
Well, planet earth isn’t going to self destruct. What happens with planet earth is that species come, species go; extinctions happen, new species appear. It is too late now to prevent massive changes in the next 50 years. It is not too late to do things that will have positive effects a hundred years from now. If we are selfish, we will leave the planet in worse condition for those to come. If we are selfless then we will recognise that our older generation and the one before it left us in a mess which we now can’t get out of but we certainly can make sure that successive generations inhabit a world that is gradually recovering. That’s our choice.

I would also say that there this is a tendency in most parts of the world, and I don’t think it is any different in Kenya to say that it is up to God. If you leave it up to God, it is not going to do very well. It is not up to God: it is up to us. I don’t believe that if there is a God, God would say, destroy the planet the way you are doing. I think that is nonsense. If you are religious, then remember that God is generally thought to help those that help themselves.

Related: Global Warming by the Numbers

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a great article. if our government could take into consideration the suggested mitigations i think the situation might improve. we the younger generations are at a higher risk of being drastically affected in the near future.

Thank you for your report. Would please give me the effects of climate change on water resources in Kenya Am an environment student at Kenyatta university.

Moreso, how do we intergrate development and sustainability while eliminating political influence?

Moreso, how do we intergrate development and sustainability while eliminating political influence?

I did enjoy this piece n agree with Dr.Leakey on quite a lot if not all He has talked of.I would like to know the effects on Climate change on Water resources in Kenya

Nice piece of work that needs to be read by all people who love mother earth and think beyond the self!

we need to pray to God for help

This artile is quite interesting. I want to commend Dr. Leakey for it. I want to know your view on a specific scientific evidence linking climate change to some disasters

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Comment from: the real fighter [Visitor]
ye bloody bushti leakey-pee off our business-listen ye white “bwana” kenyan crook-WE ETHIOPIANS WILL BUILT OUR DAM-LIKEITORNOT!!!so,get out of here,ugly white monkey-and next dam will built on abaywonz to dry out sudan and egypt.i advice you to pee off the region,imperialist dog-herewego…
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Comment from: water_tower [Visitor]
This old shrek look alike wants to keep us primitive so he can take pictures of people with plates in their lip. Eat sh*t and die Leaky! Ethiopians should tell these holier than thou ‘environmentalist’ to go shut down all the dams in the west before they preach to us about the environment. Damn hypocrites.
Permalink 01/20/10 @ 23:53
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Comment from: Thomas H [Visitor]
Hi All,
Sometimes I wonder how God creats this kind of UGLY creature.Richard Leaky is so ugly he can make onions cry.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 00:07
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Comment from: zi [Visitor]
time to stop it. the experts has spoken. hundreds of thousands will simply die. if you don’t stop the project, GOD will punish you one by one.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 00:11
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Comment from: ONE ethiopia [Visitor]
The Ethiopian dam project is going to bring nothing but tragedy and harm to Kenya,”

nothing????for how long Ethiopia had tragedy and harm because of water shortage? For how long we face hunger??? Do you really care for the fellow Kenyan or you have another mission given by Eritrea or Egypt to make conflict between Ethiopia and Kenya??? Any way one-tired of the project completed and there is no turning back…i hope fellow Kenyan realize that…we wont go back now!!!!!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 00:25
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Comment from: Ato [Visitor]
That is called a Leaky Bucket Algorithm.
What a fitting name – Leaky!

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Permalink 01/21/10 @ 00:26
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Comment from: omo [Visitor]
The doomsday scenario by the friends of Lake Turkana and the enemies of Ethiopia, holds no water. Cross-boarder conflicts and withdrawal of support by the Kenyan government, to intimidate Ethiopia and stop the continuation of the construction of Gilgel Gibe III, will not terrorize Ethiopians. Nobody can change the course Ethiopia has taken to develop her rivers and eradicate the curse of famine.

The Kenyan government seems more practical than the so-called friends of Lake Turkana. It wants to be beneficiary of the dam, rather than an adversary.

Almost a hundred years ago, the British plotted against Ethiopia to deprive her off her rights over the Nile. Today, a British man is at the forefront of the conspiracy against Ethiopia, in trying to do the same thing; that of blocking the way for Ethiopia to use River Omo.

Mr. Leakey, it will not work and it is in vain, because the dice has bean cast and there is no way Ethiopia will go back on her decisions. Come up with an idea to ameliorate any impact the dam might have, if you are genuinely interested for these Kenyans, as you say. At your age and having in mind your reputation, I would not like to suppose that you are serving some anti-Ethiopian conspiration.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 00:27
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Comment from: wepE [Member]
Lay off Ethiopia’s back, you stupid useless piece off dung! Look at his face, what a pig. Eat your heart out Ethiopia will build tens of dams before your very eyes. Everything you publish is subjective and biased and as such lacks a credibility of least magnitude. It has nothing to do with what really is happening to the poor Kenyans, it has everything to do with your eurocentric world view you’re dying to shove down our throats. No Ethiopian likes weyane but don’t delude yourself we know you’re worse so fuck off or say hi to your maker, the devil. Anyhow we won’t lose sleep due to your opinion of our progress (which in reality is nothing but a tiny restitution as weyane has done countless damages to Ethiopia now extending beyond recognition) so you can as well keep working on your next presumptuous paper of feel great *unbiased concern about the livelihood of Kenyans*.

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Igzer EtyoP’yan And’ Yargat, Kek’fum YiT’ebikat.
Wakes up every day proud that I’m an Ethiopian.
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Permalink 01/21/10 @ 00:30
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Comment from: Justin [Visitor]
This man, Leakey, has no credibility. Not only is he a dam construction engineer now, he is also a clairvoyant psychic. He knows better about dam construction than all the experts and can also predict the weather ’til infinity. He is either God or a charlatan. Pick your choice. I tend to believe the latter given his serious unethical business dealings in the past. No wonder his former colleague, Dr. Pickford, who knows him very well, called him the “Master of Deceit”.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 00:34
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Comment from: yoyoma [Visitor]
By now we Africans know the bullshit that was played over and over and over again. You like it or not, we’ll have light.
How come leaky never said nothing when millions were displaced? I was displaced from my beloved country because of your fucken cold war, and you didn’t say shit. Had it been so the country gets power, light, growth, I would have accept it, but the reason was so you could sell your arms you don’t belong in our backyard, I hope I won’t run into you! Fat ugly white monkey!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 00:36
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Comment from: wodi- waEro [Visitor]
Your damn ass need to gtet lost in your snowy face. Leave ethiopians to do good by their country. i know you have laughed on us when you see us on your tv hungry and beging for your left over. But now we trying to handle our own resouces you start crying???
All we got to tell you is get lost u old S.O.B.
there is enough study done to analize the benefit and harm this Dam will bring to both sociaty and countries.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 00:37
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Comment from: NoStRaDaMuS [Visitor]
Nazretoch

How much is Gilgel Gibe lll going to produce, I am reading for the seconed time today that says 400. I thought it will have a capacity of producint up to 1400.
How much is it going to produce?

[Gilgel Gibe III will generate 1870 MW, the report by AFP is totally inaccurate. Demand correction from AFP, we certainly will]
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 00:45
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Comment from: dibu [Visitor]
yhin richard tebyei diablosin lib bilachihu eyut eski !!! tadia duros kezih nech seytan min ytebekal? ygermegn yeneberew lekidist hager ethiopia melkam neger bimegn neber, yediablos gibru mabetabet newna yih aydenkim yihew mefres yejemerew fith ende mererie meriet ysenetatekal enji gena aynih eyaye enatachinin amlak yebelete abzito yibarkatal,taraleh tidebnaleh minabak tihonaleh.seytan bicha new lielaw syadig ayinu yemikela! emama ahunim edegi amlak kef yargish belimatu !!! AMIEN !!!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 00:50
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Comment from: De La Manchu [Visitor]
In Standards of any measure, be it some crazy idea like the tree huggers of trees, and those who fight with Japanese fishing boats to save the Whales, those who claim the coming disaster of climate change when we are breaking this season for the largest snow fall in decades, their, those who die climbing the Everest are they stupid or committing suicide by another name, or who is the boss, Putin or Medvedev, is Zimbabwe worst than Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and the rest; is a dogs life important than the life of a human being for animal rescuers who never show up when a man is shot dead in the street in broad day light by the police or by his brothers, is it democracy when one person could stop the will of 59 Senators, or the Chad, half or a quarter Chad in the Florida presidential election?????????????
Acceptance of prevailing western standards often means we have no standards of our own.
Who should do the environmental study of Ethiopia, the imminent famine it faces every no and then or the assumed experts of the west? Do you believe Kenyans will die if the Omo river is made for the common use of both nations power consumption instead of buying oil in gold from the Arabs? How many people will it really affect when no human force is capable to stop the the flow of the river downstream by damming it upstream and let go off it after it is used?
A jack Ass that was surprised by the presence of a hyena upstream from where it was drinking and accused her of mudding his drink, when they both know the river flows from where he stands down stream towards where the Ass is drinking, have mercy! The jack ass resigned and simply answered “You can eat me without giving such a lame excuse”
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 01:03
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Comment from: EthioMAN [Visitor]
Leaky…? Him is leaking allover. So long as this dam is built in Ethiopia for Ethiopians, no one has any say in it except Ethiopians. And all seem in agreement we will have light, power and all. Ignor leaky and likes as we shall move forward in developing our nation.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 01:04
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Comment from: edom [Visitor]
Here comes a man with a crocodile’s tear! U can not be concerned .. we care much about Kenya than you really do.Now your eyes are bloodshot not cause u think about kenya or Africa… Go and tell it to those relatives of yours who are spoiling the world and deteriorating the globe.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 01:05
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Comment from: messay [Visitor]
SHUT T F**K RICHARD WE NEED OUR WATER TO USE MORE THAN ANY TIME RIGHT NOW, WE DONT GIVE A SHIT WHAT U THINK NEITHER KENIYAN GOVERNEMENT.WE STAND FOR OUR PEOPLE AND OUR INTEREST OK???? GO AHEAD AND CRY LOUD!!!!!!!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 01:37
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Comment from: tirusew [Visitor]
This is typical western hypocracy. When ever there is a development in Africa they come out with this kind of negativ and dangerous comments. They are the ones who made cincaly made all the devastating situation i Africa they don`t want to see Africa being self sufficient. This comes out of cronic gelousy. Shut the f.. up mr. Richard Leakey and mind your own business. We are growing and there is no turning back.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 02:10
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Comment from: Yitayal [Visitor]
I would have been surprised had you said otherwise! I am 101 % sure that you are not worried about the tragedy the Kenyans would go into because of this dam; what is eating you is Ethiopia’s progress! That is a daylight fact.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 02:25
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Comment from: Deboch [Visitor]
you know Ethiopians i like you today fro the bottom of my heart we fight each other all the time but when someone is comming from out side we fight them back together,
WENDATA YAGERLEGOCH, THAT THE WAY II IS.
we have to stand together for pur interest.
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Permalink 01/21/10 @ 02:50
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Comment from: homer [Visitor]
why dont he complain about egypt’s aswan dam on the bloody NILE which is making the egyptian desert green while we starve. Endalagegnih!!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 02:53
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Comment from: Oziyan [Visitor]
FAT WHITE MAN LEAVE AFRICA ALONE!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 03:48
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Comment from: white devil [Visitor]
nazretoch,

Is there any chance you could forward this page to the leaky a*ss leaky, so that he can get a glimpse of our reaction to his mischievous dream to see Africans kill each other . thanks.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 03:49
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Comment from: ethiopian [Visitor]
we should make good use of our water resources my fellow country men.
one thing is to tear the agreement hindering us from using the nile regardless of egyptians bragging
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 03:54
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Comment from: Jackson [Visitor]
It is apparent that Leakey doesn’t like any progress in Africa, he wants us to stay in Lucy’s era.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 04:03
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Comment from: pragmatic [Visitor]
Leaky is leaking condenscending remarks. A guy from a country that claimed sovereignity and forcibly occupied a land on another continet(Argentina,)tells us we do not have sovereignty over our own domestic resources? The Kenyan gov is one of the most wise and pragmatic governments in Africa. They should not listen to this type of white trashes and endanger its relations with its neighbors. Africa has abundent water resources. We can manage and share. Leaky is hostile. he should be told to stay out of our issues.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 04:06
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Comment from: kukusha [Visitor]
hey who the hell this mother ugly pig? Damn
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 04:12
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Comment from: General Wuchu [Visitor]
Mr. Leaky, this is what you get from ethiopians when it comes to your legitimate concern.
The only time Ethiopians will praise you and look upon you as their hero is when you “come with dabo” (bread) for their hunger stiken stomach.
so, mr. leaky stop taking science and come up with some thing to eat.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 04:13
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Comment from: titi [Visitor]
Ayi Leaky!!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 04:15
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Comment from: addis zemen [Visitor]
This guy is a retired MERCENARY who came to Africa to kill Africans,may be during the old Rhodesia and south African apartheid era. Now he is old, he can not fight and has no where to go.he is hired by a disgruntld govt like Eritrea to instigate hate and hostillity between friendly neighbors. The eris now started hiring white so called writers to discredit any good thing happening in Ethiopia.
KEWEDEKU BEHUALA MEFERAGET LEMELALAT. They will never get it.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 04:59
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Comment from: Next call [Visitor]
Mr leakey is a pathetic individual who lives off donations from ultra liberal Berkley types who care more for the elephants and rhinos which roam East Africa than the indigenous inhabitants. He must be one of those British Kenyans who drove massive herds of wild life using helicopters from Ethiopia in the later half of the last century so that they will set up their chain of super luxurious lodges in Kenya where they charge wealthy westerners as much as $20,000 with little trickling to the indigenous inhabitants. So much for his crocodile tears!
The train has left the station and Gibe III project is 30% complete. Any attempt by Leakey and his stooges at International Rivers and other organisations to sabotage this project is nothing short of declaring war on 80 million Ethiopians and half as many Kenyans who will depend on the energy to be generated from this project.

This said, most of the water to be stored at the cooler highlands in upper OMO is perhaps commensurate with what is lost to evaporation in the Turkana desert. Moreover, the Ethiopian govt has assured the Kenyans that they will not use the water for irrigation and the latter have been supportive. The water in the upper Gibe II will be diverted via tunnel to Gibe III using the natural course of the river and elevation differential to generate the electricity which will be a valuable export for Ethiopia as is clearly seen from the recently inaugurated project. Where is the beef, Mr Leakey? i am sure the worst which can happen is some fluctuation in water reaching the Lake in its initial phase, but once the dam is filled the problem will be minimal at worst for the area around the upper Omo basin is known for getting year around rains.

While on this topic, Mr Leakey and the so called ‘ friends’ of Lake Turkana have asserted their influence in blocking financing from the World Bank, European Investment bank and JP Morgan Chase for this worthwhile project. So he is not only talking but biting us where it hurts. I think it is time folks who want to see this project come to life to organise a counter offensive. I understand the Govt is lobbying the Diaspora to buy bonds to little effect. It should approach conservative think thanks like ‘ The Cato Institute’, The Carnegie institute and above all the Hoover Institute to present its case to the public at large and the above mentioned financial institutions to facilitate funding for these and other worthy projects. Elephants don’t bite but mosquitoes do……Leakey is one of them.
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Comment from: NewDeal [Visitor]
Mr. Leakey,

In the old days the tactics of divide, deceive and rule invented and practiced manly by your fellow Europeans specially the British were a bit sophisticated that this. Poor job Mr. Leakey and bad for you, we are in the information age!

Your non scientific by whatever standard, subjective and even misleading (false information) and emotional statements disqualifies you from any proportionality. I wonder why AFP is even printing such a bullshit at best and war agitatorical text at worst at all.

“We are depending on a country that is known for drought, known for rainfall failure, to provide expensive power to Kenya,” Leakey told reporters.

Mr. Leakey, read your statements again. Is that scientific? Don’t you know that Ethiopia’s rivers are feeding whole of Egypt and Sudan year in and year out since thousand of years and Ethiopia still one of the few places very favorable for hydroelectric power is?

“There is no future for hydroelectric schemes in arid parts of Africa.”

This is not arid parts of Africa!
Or from which place are you talk about? Ethiopia is already producing hundreds of MW energy from water.

Sorry Mr. Leak, let’s get over it.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 05:19
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Comment from: ab [Visitor]
It seems obvious.the Duches are building a wind farm with a capacity of 300 MW.
GGiii is a direct threat to the wind
farm.The reason why the Kenyan Govt. is keen in support of GGiii is ,it can buy power cheaper .Wind farm produced power is more expencive than hydro produced power.
and hence the duch company will loose a lot of money if the Kenyan GOVT. buys only from GGIII.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 05:45
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Comment from: a.t. [Visitor]
Leaky…shut your f***** mouth!
Ethiopia & Kenia can share from the same table like they have been doing for 1000s of years.
a.t.from[USA]
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 06:16
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Comment from: Chala [Visitor]
People like this dude makes me sick he is probably a racisit prick that thinks he can start something between Kenya and Ethiopia you know that’s their motto Devided and rule
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 07:20
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Comment from: Temari [Visitor]
Leaky again!
I thought that this man [sorry he calls himself environmentalist LEAKY] has gone forever since he has been silent during Ethiopia’s recent inauguration of hydroelectric dams (I expected him to say something/anything). Then he popped up with his usual cry! Let him do that in his remaining years.

Fellow Ethiopians, we should watch out the divide and conquer policy which is being applied between Kenya and Ethiopia in the name of environmental protection by this English fool Leaky. Our target should be his baseless rant than the people of Kenya.
Every big project has its own big advantages and very small consequences (like the Aswan dam, etc). Such small adjustments could easily be addressed by the two countries involved.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 08:26
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Comment from: Dagnachew koru [Visitor]

TO: DR Leakey,
I read your father’s relation with Mr Kenyata and with Majuka HAILE SILASIE. For generations you are in Lake Turkana area. I am glad and proud to be an Ethiopian. As I know you are sucking the blood of those poor Kenyans for almost 200 years. We can’t tolerate that kind of sucking, If I were living there in Kenya I would of cut your tentacles with in a minutes.
Listen dud, you are doing this emotionally for your colonial land.
River OMO is belongs to me, not for your white mother. If it’s come to our interest and our survival; we really don’t care if the whole Kenyans die.
If you block this work we will send our Geleb Nomads to invade Kenya with out our solders.
This not scientific research but emotional letter based on jealousy of capitalism, your dream is trying to stop us not sell the power to Kenya.
Here is some another clue. we will start farming the whole River Omo basin. In the far future we Ethiopian will use this fertile soil until we satisfies.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 08:27
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Comment from: 100 % ETHIOPIAN [Visitor]
MOST WANTED!!!
ALIVE OR DEAD!!!
MINIMUM $10,000.00+
THE MOST WOREST TERRORIST THE WORLD NEVER SEEN IS: REAL LOOTER(richzrd leaky).

We have to ROOT-OUT his commander and his fellow terrorists. He and his fellow terrorists are responsible for the following:
1, recruting, training, and arming(supplying) TERRORIST groups out-side and in-side Ethiopia to block the progress of ETHIOPIA.

2.He is responsible for the death of millions of Ethiopians caused by water shortage and war he created.

3.He is responsible for the displaced ETHIOPIANS who are being forced to leave their Native Land SYSTEMATICALLY, and he and his fellow terrorists making it easier to MANIPULATE and MURDER ETHIOPIANS wherever they live.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 08:29
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Comment from: Jamo [Visitor]
white pig, he is being paid by egypt to cause anger by our Kenyan brothers. We know what you are up you leakey boy, you want us to stay behind. If this makes you angry wait till we come hunting for you and your likes you peace of S****, My you are the ugliest thing in Kenya go back to your country!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 08:46
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Comment from: Selam [Visitor]
What is his motivation? Deos he cares when thousands of Ethiopians died with starvation? why concern now for the future of Kenyans? He thinks we are not intitled to use our water resources….God bless Ethiopia..we will go forward…weather he likes or not…
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 08:47
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Comment from: Abraham H. [Visitor]
Mr. Leakey,
You seem concerned about our brothers in Kenya for whom we Ethiopians have a lot of respect and therefore care more than anyone as they alone stood with us during our difficult times. The Kenyan people and government gave us all we needed when we were forced to leave our country. Remember, a great number of Ethiopians still leave in Kenya for which we are very grateful. We Ethiopians feel the pain of the peoples of Kenya, moreover if we truly caused it we do anything for them. We perfectly understand our responsibility. Our government did not launch the construction of dams without conducting a study about its impact on environment, wildlife and peoples lives in the region. Experts have concluded the benefits outweigh the damage as a result of these constructions. If this aging British guy tries to be concerned about the major achievement that instantly changed the lives of tens of millions of people in the region, I only can say he is a sick individual who needs to shut up and get treatment. The peoples of Kenya will not be harmed, and on the contrary will benefit tremendously to improve their livelihood. Mr. Leakey, as a result of your comment Kenya and Ethiopia will never go to war if that is your intention. We are friends forever!

Abraham H, USA.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 08:55
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Comment from: sisay [Visitor]
ኢትዮጵያ በእንደዚ ባሉ ቧልተኞች ከልማቷ አትመለስም!!!!!!!!!!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 08:59
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Comment from: Mideksa [Visitor]
Mr. leaky is not an environmentalist. He is an archeologist. Several environmental studies conducted to understand the environmental impact of GG III have clearly indicated the impact is minimal. Rather its multifaceted advantage is critical for the development of the region (which is the most underdeveloped part of the world).

Mr. leaky should come with facts and also suggestion how to minimize the impact. We know that the 150,000,000 mill. cars in the US have tremendous impact on the environment. We do not stop driving; rather we are working on how to make them fuel efficient and reduce their emission of C02. That is the way forward.

We live in the time when even Egyptian are contemplating to let Ethiopia to build huge dams on the Nile proper for hydro power. Cooperation is the future of Africa.

No body could stop Ethiopia from building the dam. We are no more dependent on the west money to do it as it was the case in the past. A third of the work is done already by Ethiopian tax payers. That will continue if international donors do not support the project. That might only delay the complition of the project by few years. We are determined to go ahead because we know that the complition of GG III will be the turning point in Ethiopian and Kenyan progress.

Last question to Mr. Leaky! What is the impact of pumping out billions of barels of oil from the ground by the Arabs? on Kenya? on Africa? on the World? Is there no environmental impact?
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 09:12
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Comment from: Aggamew [Visitor]

am just laughing at Tijja (Ethiopians) who react negatively to white man but no gut to confront whatsoever MElASS. Shut your bleeding mouth all. Stop pretending to show us that you are a great Ethiopians!

Respond in a civilized manner and show why Ethiopia need to built the dam. You dammm asshole!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 09:25
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Comment from: woldeyesus [Visitor]
Mr. Leakey,
you did very good in bringing this potential downside of the Dam project to light. It may help the Kenyan government to resettle its people or do something to help them before it is too late.

However, you should also understand Ethiopia’s rights to use its natural resources in anyway it likes to try to get out of the vicious cycle of famine. When the Dam is completed, Ethiopia may also go to installing wind turbines. If wind brings in additional 300MW, it would be greatly supplementing what Ethiopia get out of its dams.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 09:26
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Comment from: 100 % ETHIOPIAN [Visitor]
Another ENEMIES!!!
You C.I.A employees, your job supposed to be protecting America. But, on December, 2009 instead of stopping the Nigerian TERRORIST, you were busy recruting PROSTITUTIONS around the Globe and the people from eritrea(Ethiopian province) who holds different passports and live and work different Countries. Mostly, you were administerin LSD D-type and other CHEMICALS to control their MIND and their DESTINATIONS. *REMEMBER MK-ULTRA AGAINST BLACK AMERICANS IN THE 1960.

To mention very few: to heal the ill to make sick the normal, you are using a system called, “ILL TRANSFERANCE DISEASES.” Most ETHIOPIANS who live in NORTH-AMERICA, has being affected by —EXPERIMENTS. TO NOTICE FEW: AT WORK, SCHOOL, RESIDENTS, PUBLIC PLACES, ETC.

Please, live ETHIOPIAN alone. We know it.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 09:30
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Comment from: ss [Visitor]
We Ethiopian needs renewable energy for our development. Omo rivers is our resource. We do not need outsiders to tell us how to use oour resource. ethiopians can use its resources wisely, therefore, we do not need his adivse. Let him take his useless idea, some where else!!
ss
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 09:36
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Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
homer you said “..why dont he complain about egypt’s aswan dam on the bloody NILE which is making the egyptian desert green while we starve..” ,a point of view that all of us share .But your statement concerns also the leba Zenawi who willingly sells the sovereignty of Ethiopia on Nile river to Egypte by freezing two great projects on Tana Laka and the Hanger Dedessa since May 1991 .Recently renewed by the visit of his egyptian colleague.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 09:55
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Comment from: Isaias Jr [Visitor]
till Woyane is in power they will play with you like dogs.As I told you before”Biyesh neber Ater tenteltiye,Woyane wishima eagnie bal ayehonim biye”Burn Woyane!Right now!!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 10:00
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Comment from: Nebil [Visitor]
i love being Ethiopian. when some one from the outside comes to attack us, we r one in fighting back. really proud of u all here today. keep up. and yea one i like reading aboove
” leaky is so ugly he can make onions cry”
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 10:03
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Comment from: abysinian fox [Visitor]
mr leaky why don’t you go to where you come from and stop preaching us what to do.your colonialist and arrogant attitude is just unbelievable.you don’t say a word to the countless crimes and injustices perpetuated by the likes of yours and now you started to posture as saviour of africa.this is hypocrisy of the highest order.so i suggest you shut up or go to britain or wherever you are from and limit your ambition to your border. afterall this is not the 19th century.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 10:04
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Comment from: Geta [Visitor]
Fellow Ethiopians, what this left over colonizer doing is by utilizing the much available foreign media to him and his environmentalist NGO friends who lives a lavish life around East Africa, disseminate deceit so that he prolongs his life there. What we shall be doing is to do the REVERSE by all means necessary to the outside World and disrupt the attention he is getting.

We shall explain how the Africa’s second populous nation with more than 80M people is trying to feed its poor citizen, raise peoples capacity to be a global market participant, and fight fundamentalism by way of FIRST developing its natural resources. If we are technically inclined, we can explain how the developments are eco-friendly and would replace benefits that would be impacted.

I hope the government and the companies such as ELPA are doing things smartly. For example, by allowing more European & US companies’ participate in the major developmental projects going on currently; they will the force behind Ethiopians to encounter Leaky and his fellow environmentalist. Otherwise, if it is only China, India and the Arabs and the Arabs who are using the favorable deals going on there, Leakey’s will prevail. Finally, I call upon the Meles government to be more open and diverse by ridding-off ethnic enclaves so that the many professionals in the Diaspora (those who left and the once educated abroad) would return to help develop their nation.

Other than that I think the recent Egyptian strategy of acquiring fertile lands in the Nile upstream countries has also awaken Kenyan government and the its negotiations of Energy supply at a cheap price without putting a penny on the initial cost is the beginning.

Peace for Ethiopia and fellow countrymen!
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 10:10
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Comment from: Jara [Visitor]
CRAZY WHITE MAN
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 11:12
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Comment from: Deboch [Visitor]
you know Ethiopians i like you today from the bottom of my heart we fight each other all the time but when someone is comming from out side we fight them back together,
WENDATA YAGERLEGOCH, THAT THE WAY II IS.
we have to stand together for our interest
…..
Amen to that.
.. i just want to thank nazretoch for putting leakys ugly picture. now we can put a face behind his sickening remarks and outrageous attack against Ethiopia.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 11:17
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Comment from: peter [Visitor]
please shut your mouth, don’t tell us what to do and not to do .that kind of arrogance had buried, do not try to pull back all the development activities in a poor nation. be concerned for your own country .
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 11:56
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Comment from: gobez [Visitor]
Who the heck is he anyways? And what is he doing in kenya? Go back to europe you ugly filth. Man do not make me come over there and slap your old face into oblivion. It is clean energy you old man. Do you see ethiopians complain about projects done in europe? Don’t think so. So go back to europe and leave us alone. Long Live Ethiopia
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 12:04
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Comment from: Ambasel [Visitor]
Mr. Leakage mouth
It is evident that you do not want to see Africans working and building our own basic infrastructures in our own country. You want us just the way we were 2000 years ago so that you benefit from our grief, poverty and famine. Mr. Leakage mouth, you want Africans to be on Aid relief forever. I would say get a life Mr., leakage mouth. Go away, far far away.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 12:08
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Comment from: hana [Visitor]
Mr. Leacky,
With this face and brain, you should have preferred a solitary life- out of the sight of any humanbeing. I am sure your grandchildren do not come closer to you with the hideos look you have.
Get out of our business, you crook monster.
I am glad to see all Ethiopians united on this malicious issue.
The foe and the friend should know that we are one when ot comes to issue of emmama Ethiopia. Shaebya would be the first witness on this.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 12:19
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Comment from: hana [Visitor]
Mr. Leacky,
With this face and brain, you should have preferred a solitary life- out of the sight of any humanbeing. I am sure your grandchildren do not come closer to you with the hideos look you have.
Get out of our business, you crook monster.
I am glad to see all Ethiopians united on this malicious issue.
The foe and the friend should know that we are one when ot comes to issue of emmama Ethiopia. Shaebya would be the first witness on this.
Ewnetm leaky. dros sim yimerho legibr teblo yele
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 12:22
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Comment from: Tobi [Visitor]
I agree with Richard Leakey.
He is honest and right. we have to listen and respect his positive comment instead of being blinded with darkness guys!
you have to wake up!!!
Tobi
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 12:40
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Comment from: Lula [Visitor]
The Ugly pig white man is not conecern about Kenya he want Ethiopia to be in the dark forever, i have news for you UGLY whitey GILGEL GIBE IV is coming soon eat you hart out or DIE.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 12:50
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Comment from: tafesse [Visitor]
Ladies and gentlemen, Calm down, for heaven’s sakes. Let us look at one side of the problem that has nothing to do with the people living around Turkana lake. You see, electricity costs 19c per kwh in Kenya. It costs only 4c per kwh in Ethiopia. If anything, Gibe III is going to reduce the price even more. This means el providers in Kenya stand to lose in the competition. Investors, especially those who are large consumers of energy, will tend to move their business to Ethiopia because of energy costs. Leakey is simply running the errand of the affected el providers of Kenya. I wonder how much they are paying Leakey to come up with this pseudo-scientific declaration. What is more, the project is approved by the Kenyan government.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 13:13
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Comment from: Tasew [Visitor]
This raggedy old sob should shush his stinking mouth. I am tired of reading this colonialist tell us what we should do with our natural resources. Whether he likes it or not Ethiopia will complete Gibe III and improve its economy.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 13:15
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Comment from: teshome [Visitor]
f u richard and mind ur business
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 13:20
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Comment from: yoni [Visitor]

Leakey…Look on the mirror

-Your country is world’s #1 polluter, which affects the livelyhood of the entire planet.

-Your firt is affecting the lively hood of your family.

-YOUR MOOGLY FACE IS SCARRING US HERE ON NAZRET.

Whatever they pay you for this bias article…GET A FACE-LIFT WITH IT.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 13:32
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Comment from: Abshir [Visitor]
This Kenyan guy thinks only for 300, 000 Kenyans. How about millions of Ethiopians who are directly and indirectly affected by power outrages. The Ethiopian general population suffered by the lack of power for many years. The hospitals, industries, schools, & etc were affected badly in the last years. Omo rive is Ethiopia’s river and Kenya doesn’t contribute a single drop of water. This river should be put to the benefit of Ethiopians first and Kenyas cannot benefit when the whole Ethiopia live in darkness.
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 13:39
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Comment from: Tezebet [Visitor]
Mr. Richard, can you please be fair… if the British people suffer the way Ethiopian people suffer do you think you can use the same reason to stop what is good to the British people? My friend it is our land and our water we can do what we want to survive. Sir, if I were you I will leave this issue to the Ethiopian first than the Kenyan… we Ethiopian should sit and discuss straight with the Kenyan people. What thing amazing me you westerner love to post hungry kids on your new paper to make laugh out of it, however when something good come out the same people are the one who try to destroy it. I am not by any means a supporter of the current government but that doesn’t mean that when I see something help my people I always keep my priority straight.

To all blogger who insulting this guy about his look, I wish you just concentrate on the topic. His look is his I don’t care how he looks…
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 13:46
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Comment from: Selam [Visitor]
Hay Tobi:
Watchout!! Your Master is talking..
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 14:16
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Comment from: Rasputin [Visitor]
How about a dam on Leaky mouth and call it Gibe lV?
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 14:55
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Comment from: alha [Visitor]
Leakes colonial hate came clearer using africans against africans with his fabricated conceren for turkman
what he is against devlepment in Africa
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 16:48
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Comment from: samuel [Visitor]
Gilgel Gibe III The hydropower plant, which is being constructed in the Welyeta Zone of Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Region, will generate 1,870 megawatts of electricity upon completion. Not 400 mw. see the article
http://en.afrik.com/article15876.html
Permalink 01/21/10 @ 17:15
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thanks a lot doctor. i think you have enriched me with full knowledge on environmental concerns. the comments herein are just perfect and sound-minded and if can be executed by the African governments, they can be of great help to the coming generation. perhaps what i can add to the bank of these precious ideas is that it is high time the African leaders should put aside their political interests on matters pertaining to environmental conservation and resource utilization but work together hand in hand with each other and with their citizens in cubing the intervening disaster. before we plan for agricultural production, let us first plan for the environmental suitability and sustainability. in the Kenyan case for example, the Kenyan govt should allocate more funds to projects aimed at environmental conservation such as NEMA instead of waiting for foreign govt s for grants to help solve our problems. the mau issue should be a contracted effort from both the govt and the citizens and politicians should stop being stumbling blocks but rather table matters such as these for the good of the future generations. we are brothers in Kenya and should work in a brotherly manner for our own good.

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congratulations Dr.Richard for your great thoughts

the same way we value life,lets try and respect our environment because this is where our precise life begins.

the environment we live in constitutes to what we are so kindly have the responsibility and take care of your surrounding

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