15. Utilization of Tributary Rivers
Utilization of tributaries of trans-boundary rivers or tributaries of water resources that flow across or lie between more than one National/Regional Self-Government shall be administered in accordance with this Proclamation and in line with specific directives to be issued by the Council of Ministers.
16. Delegation of Power
The Ministry may, as it deems it necessary, delegate some of its powers and duties to National/Regional Natural Resources Development and Environmental Protection Bureaus.
17. Transitory Provisions
1. Any person who is already utilizing water resources for any of the purposes specified in Article 3 of this proclamation, shall apply to the Appropriate Authority for a permit within three (3) months from the coming into force of this proclamation.
2. A water user who fails to apply within the time limit set in sub-Article (1) of this Article, may, subject to payment of 50% of the permit fee as a penalty, submit his application within the next three months.
3. Upon receipt of an application under sub-Article (1) or (2) of this Article, the Appropriate Authority shall issue the required permit, provided that the manner of the utilization of the water resource does not clearly violate the provisions of this Proclamation.
Any person violating the provisions of this proclamation shall be punishable in accordance with the penal Code.
19. Inapplicable laws
No Law, regulations, directives or practices which are inconsistent with the provisions of this proclamation shall have force or effect with rspect to matters provided for in this Proclamation.
20. Effective Date
This proclamation shall enter into force on the date of its publication in the Negarit Gazeta.
Done at Addis Ababa, this 21st day of March, 1994
PRESIDENT OF THE TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA