DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Authorities in Tanzania said on Wednesday they
will consult their Kenyan counterparts over major projects that
Kenya plans to implement along the shared Mara River.
This follows the
reports that the neighboring country will construct dams on the
400-kilometer river which originates from the Mau Forest in
Kenya and flows to Tanzania.
“We will consult
them to see if such reports are true. And if so we will find out
if the planned projects fall within the framework of our
bilateral cooperation,” said January Makamba, the Minister of
State in the Vice President’s Office responsible for
Environment, in a news conference held in Arusha.
Makamba said so far
there was no dispute between Tanzania and Kenya over the
utilization and abstraction of water and other resources from
“Mara River is one
of the shared trans-boundary resources between our two
countries, others being lakes Chala, Jipe, Natron and Victoria,”
Both countries are
members of the six-member East African Community (EAC). Other
members of the regional bloc are Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and
He added that
besides being bound by the EAC protocols, there were bilateral
protocols between Tanzania and Kenya on sustainable utilization
and conservation of Mara River and other trans-boundary
Mara River empties
into Lake Victoria, a shared lake whose conservation,
utilization and exploitation for economic resources is
administered through a host of EAC protocols.
The river, with a
drainage area covering 13,504 square kilometers, is also
considered the lifeline of millions of wild animals in the
Serengeti ecosystem and the tourism industry in both countries.