Power and Politics

Leadership Movement calls for investment in nuclear energy


The Leadership Movement party has called on government to consider setting up a nuclear power plant which will be used for energy generation in the country.

Party Secretary-General, Jairos Ngoma, noted that the current energy crisis could not be sorted out through diversifying to solar energy alone but through several interventions.

Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka on Saturday, Ngoma said several countries like Russia were now self sufficient in terms of energy production because they had embraced nuclear energy.

He stated that it was high time government and the general citizenry embraced nuclear energy as it was one of the solutions to the current energy crisis in the country.

“Russia is using Uranium, they have nuclear power plants, the disease with this government is that it is afraid to utilize this mineral,” Ngoma said.

He challenged government to explain to the nation where the Uranium Zambia was mining had been going from the time the former ruling party, the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) declared that it had stockpiled the mineral because the country could not sell.

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Ngoma noted that the country had other minerals like Lead which only need technology to extract and that government should take advantage to engage investors into this area.

“This energy is neither destroyed no created but changes forms from one to another, you can not harvest electricity like maize and store,” he noted.

Ngoma claimed that government lacked the political will to invest in this area and that this had led the country to struggle with the current energy crisis.

He said the dependence on hydro power energy should come to end if the country was to make progress in terms of sufficient energy generation.

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