Uganda to generate nuclear energy amidst safety, environmental concerns

Although government brags that over 80 percent of the country’s population has access to power, unreliable power supply and frequent power outages steal the thunder from this achievement, pushing the government into overdrive to boost power production.

One of the strategies is to put up a nuclear energy plant by 2026, in a fervent push to lower the country’s energy deficit and electricity tariffs in bid to boost industrialisation.

The proposed sites for the nuclear infrastructure developments are Buyende District in the east and Nakasongola District in central Uganda, both near Lake Kyoga, Kiruhura District in the west close to River Katonga, Lamwo District belted by River Aswa in northern Uganda and Mubende District in central Uganda where Lake Wamala is situated.

But while government officials strongly defend the nuclear project, questions abound about how a country – that has failed to handle minor fire disasters and basic household waste will effectively deal with toxic wastes, which are the by-product of nuclear power generation.

Full article: PML Daily



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