By Watchdog reporter
Kenya government propagandists have been stripped naked following their declaration that they had signed the oil pipeline deal with Ethiopia.
Ethiopian government distanced themselves from such a deal saying, all they did with Kenya was a commitment by both sides to assess the feasibility of the project.
Desperate to settle the score with Uganda’s decision to transfer the pipeline through Tanzania, the Kenyan propaganda machinery rushed to announce to the world how Kenya and Ethiopia had sealed a deal to develop a common oil pipeline.
An Ethiopian newspaper The Reporter, reported on Saturday citing the country’s ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas denying the signing of a a formal agreement to construct a pipeline.
The statement is far off from what Kenyan State House in Nairobi had announced during the Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s visit to Kenya.
“We did not sign a pipeline construction deal. This is utterly an erroneous report,” the minister, Tolossa Shagi, told The Reporter.
Mr Shagi said: “We have agreed to take some time to assess the matter. We will hold more talks and may ink a deal if we find the project proposal economically and technically sound. But I can confirm to you that we did not sign a pipeline construction agreement”.
According to the minister, Kenya had presented the idea of a pipeline to his government, with Addis Ababa agreeing to assess its potential before committing to constructing it.