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Is Ethiopian PM confirming rumored secret deals with Egypt about GERD? 

Egypt has been pressuring Ethiopian PM to finalize agreement over GERD within four months

GERD fourth filling _ Ethiopian PM
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed at GERD project site from where he declared completion of “Fourth and final filling” of the reservoir. (Photo : PD)

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There have been rumors for several years now that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has reached a secret agreement with Egyptian  President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The rumor has been getting stronger after the two leaders met in Cario in July of this year and “agreed to resume negotiations and reach an agreement within four months,” as reported by Arab News at the time.  

Today, in what appears to be another PR stunt to cajole Ethiopians that his government is achieving remarkable gains for Ethiopia, PM Abiy has made it official that the fourth round of filling the GERD is completed. 

“It is with great joy that I inform you of the completion of the fourth and final filling of the GERD. God has helped us Ethiopians for we have worked together…” Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared on his social media page. 

However, his message is triggering mistrust, suspicion, and confusion at the same time. 

It has been public knowledge that  GERD  is planned to have 74 billion cubic meters of water over a period of seven months of filling – during the rainy seasons. Egypt was pushing for decades of filling time which was among the factors that caused the stalemate during the negotiation. The number of turbines was already downsized to 13. It was initially planned to have 16 turbines with a plan to generate over six thousand MW of power.

After negotiation resumed, following a meeting between Abiy Ahmed and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in late August 2023 in Egypt, the Prime Minister seemed to be spinning story in a way to trigger controversy.

What he said today, when he was visiting the Project site with Oromia region president and the countries intelligence chief- Temesgen Tiruneh, Abiy Ahmed gave a conclusive statement that suggests the fourth filling is the last one. He said so while the civil engineering aspect of the dam is not completed. 

https://twitter.com/AbiyAhmedAli/status/1700756136519999509

His statement does not appear to be an error. The office of the Prime Minister has cited it in a brief social media update when it said,  “Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and high level government officials at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam during the fourth and final filling.”

Left to right : Shimeles Abdissa, Temesgen Tiruneh,Gedion Timotheos, Abiy Ahmed, Girma Biru

Former Ethiopia’s Minister for Water and Irrigation, Seleshi Bekele has to tweet about the fourth filling demonstrating a stark difference from what the Prime Minister has said. 

What Seleshi said is that this year’s construction and the fourth filing of GERD is successfully completed.  

State-owned media, like EBC, are one the other hand quoting the Prime Minister on the matter giving the impression that what he said is right. 

The office of the Prime Minister seems to, indirectly, confirm that Abiy Ahmed said what he meant.  In a post where the office shared the pictures of Abiy Ahmed and some of this official at the GERD site, his office wrote “Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and high level government officials at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam during the fourth and final filling.” 

While many Ethiopians on social media are expressing concern about the PM Abiy Ahmed’s statement, at this writing neither the office nor PM Abiy Ahmed did not seem to care to confirm or make corrections. 

It is public knowledge that Abiy Ahmed’s government employs a “confuse or convince” principle of governance ( and this was leaked from an executive meeting of his ethnic Oromo ruling party) and that is why his latest statement about GERD is alarming Ethiopians. 

Who is he convincing and who is he confusing remains to be seen. 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Subject: QUOTE: ” Is Ethiopian PM confirming rumoured secret deals with Egypt about GERD? ” UNQUOTE, September 10, 2023

    Humble Question, 10 Sept 2023

    a). For Haven’s Sake:, why would Ethiopia make SECRETE deals with Egypt ?!?!?!?!

    b). Oh Lord! Have mercy upon the INNOCENT Ethiopia.

    c). But above all else, why did the Honourable Prime Minister of Ethiopia made the following deal ?
    Quote: “There have been rumours for several years now that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has reached a secret
    agreement with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.” Unquote

    d). Question: WHY THE SECRETE DEAL, WHICH TOOK. “SEVEN YEARS” ?????

    e). A humble by stander can’t help coming to obvious conclusion.

    f). Then — Needles to say — Ethiopians would ask for an explanation from their ‘Loyal’ Prime Minister .

    g). As the saying goes: ” IS THERE SOMETHING FISHY” ?????

    h). ETHIOPIA. SHALL BE OBLIGED TO SAVE ITSELF, AS ETHIOPIA , FOR ETHIOPIA , IN THE NAME OF PAST ADMIRABLE,
    ETHIOPIAN HEROES. THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE. PRESENT ETHIOPIANS FACE HISTORY FOR THEIR LIFE

    ———————— THEIR CHOICE ————————–
    .

  2. Happy New Year + Congratulations: Thanks heroes transforming Ethiopia from “World’s Poster Child of Poverty & Famine” to “World’s Poster Child of Prosperity & Greenery.”

    (i). youtu.be/FkWkutJVk5w?t=180 (ii). youtu.be/s9FOIp8D47M?t=128

    Huge Mile Stone: Building futuristic trans-generational infrastructure and Ethiopian institutions while battling proxy wars waged by The Enemy Within [TEW] – topped up with WSW*’s embargo, drastic Birr devaluation, drastic Credit Rating Cut, COVID, etc.

    ENDF & Deterrent: Build bases in Hexagon→Octagon→Decagon format [at ideal radii from Addis] to avert over-stretching the ENDF & minimize response time. Manufacture Kamikaze Drones [en masse], buy more versatile helicopters, train more commandos, etc.

    Abiy & Ethiopia: Had Abiy wanted to short-change Ethiopia, he would have signed the Egypt-Trump-Pompeo Nile Deal and could have become another Ethiopian billionaire…

    Hydroelectric Turbines: Power & Efficiency [%] Ratings vary. So, higher capacity & higher efficiency turbines reduce number of turbines & improve over-all cost-efficiency, too.

    WSW*: White Supremacist West//TEW*: Egypt’s & WSW’s Proxy Putschist Wolves in Ethiopian Sheep’s Clothing

  3. Sorry, correction →’format’ after ‘Decagon’ above should read →’array’ as corrected down here:

    ENDF & Deterrent: Build bases in Hexagon→Octagon→Decagon array [at ideal radii from Addis] to avert over-stretching the ENDF & minimize response time. Manufacture Kamikaze Drones [en masse], buy more versatile helicopters, train more commandos, etc.

  4. I am not surprised that this year’s planned filling has been completed. I have been watching the weather radar daily over the area where the dam is located and had noticed that it has been raining most of the time for the last two months. Mother Nature has been doing a magnificent job to show it is always behind the dam by pouring rain in buckets. Thank you Mama!!!!
    Okay el-Sisi! Mother Nature has finished filling up the dam as planned for the 4th time without reducing the flow of water reaching you even by a spoonful. Relax!!!

  5. Okay folks! There he goes again! Our man in Al-Qahirah is drumming his darbooba again. He is hopping mad that Mother Nature has done its due diligence in the months of July and August over the dam. Nobody diverted a single cup of water from the river in the filling of the dam. Mother Nature was having the rain pour in buckets over the dam for more than 60 days and no one can tell her what to do or what not to do! Hey Abdel Fattah! Take your case to Mother Nature and don’t you dare try to be ‘funny’ with the dam!!! If you do that the river may stop coming your way altogether. You see that sign the river is holding right in your face! It says ‘Do Not Disturb!’ and that is a serious stuff. Relax!!!!!

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