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The latest development that comes as governments meet at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw Poland has not gone unnoticed. Some protestors outside the conference urged Uganda and other countries not to go into nuclear as a form of Energy.

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Experts warn Uganda to be cautious about the costs and safety of nuclear energy as government looks towards construction of nuclear power new generation stations in effort to match the increasing power demands.

The Energy Ministry this week signed a five-year Framework with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for safe application nuclear technologies. One of the options envisage according to Energy Minister, Irene Muloni is using the country’s abundant uranium for energy generation. 

The latest development that comes as governments meet at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw Poland has not gone unnoticed. Some protestors outside the conference urged Uganda and other countries not to go into nuclear as a form of Energy.

Uganda’s nuclear potential has since 2009 been championed by IBI international. It’s President Gary Fitchett and Ugandan Chief Executive Officer, Elly Karuhanga met President Yoweri  Museveni in January 2009 and suggested a uranium strategy for development or uranium deposits mainly found in Mubende.

The Uranium Strategy proposes working with the Government of Uganda towards a nuclear electrical power generation program to meet the current and future needs in Uganda plus potential exports of electrical power to the East African Region.

Kenyan Environment crusader, Dr. Wilbur Ottichilo told Uganda Radio Network that nuclear energy would be a quick source of energy for Uganda and other East African countries but cautioned that it is too costly to install compared to geothermal or hydro-electricity.

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Referring to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in Ukraine, Dr. Otichilo who previously worked with United Nations Environment programme says any of the countries in East Africa would not manage to deal with the aftermaths of a similar explosion.

Chernobyl says nuclear power plant accident has been described as the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen. He says Uganda should also take lessons from the meltdown at the March 2011 Japanese Daiichi nuclear plant as it considers nuclear power stations.

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Dr. Wilbur Otticillo, is Kenyan Member of Parliament, also Chairperson of Kenyan National Assembly Committee on Climate Change.

He has over thirty years experience in Environment, Natural Resources Assessment and Land use mapping. He previously worked with United National Environment Programme on risk assessment and management.

Information obtained at the International Atomic Energy Agency exhibition at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw indicates that countries like Germany have found Nuclear much more expensive.

Germany is reportedly decommissioning nuclear plants in favor of solar energy. The Germany plan is to close all nuclear plants by 2022.

The UK government reportedly pays 11 euro/kwh to subsidize new nuclear power plants, not including all waste and environmental costs related to nuclear.

Uganda has set an ambiguous energy production target to see nuclear energy become part of its national grid by 2050 in order to reduce the country’s electricity deficit.

A Nuclear Energy Unit (NEU) was established under the Atomic Energy Act (2008) promotes of atomic energy for power generation and other peaceful application of in the country.

Noah Deogratias Luwalira, the Chief Executive Officer of the Atomic Energy Council recently revealed that government plans to construct storage facility for safe storage of nuclear related waste. The plant according to Luwalira will be located in Mukono.

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