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Uganda needs nuclear for power not weapons, says Museveni

By Melanie Aanyu,

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said that Uganda and Africa in general are interested in nuclear power (electricity) and not nuclear weapons.

President Museveni was speaking during a meeting with a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency, led by the Director, Division of Nuclear Power for Africa, Ms Aline Des Cloizeaux.

She was accompanied by Mikhail Chudakov the Deputy Director-General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy and Mehmet Ceyhan from the same Agency.

The meeting was attended by the State Minister for Energy Hon. Okasai Sidronius Opolot took place at State House Entebbe.

According to a brief to the President, Uganda has so far trained 22 people at the level of Master’s degree in nuclear science.

President Museveni said that the country would soon start a school that will train the lower cadres in the field of atomic energy and thereafter embark on building the first-ever Atomic Energy plant in Uganda.

Aline Des Cloizeaux, the Director, Division of Nuclear Power for Africa, handed over to the President a mission report on the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR), phase one.

Aline commended Uganda’s commitment to building and producing nuclear power. Their Mission, she said, is to help and enable the member countries to have a safe and secure plant.