President Edgar Lungu when the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Dr. Yukiya Amano paid a courtesy call on him at State House on Wednesday, 24th January, 2018. Pictures by Thomas Nsama/State House
President Edgar Lungu when the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Dr. Yukiya Amano paid a courtesy call on him at State House on Wednesday, 24th January, 2018. Pictures by Thomas Nsama/State House

President Edgar Lungu has called for support from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the country’s efforts to diversify the energy sector through the use of nuclear energy.

President Lungu says there is need to sensitize and educate Zambians on the use and benefits of Nuclear energy.

President Lungu said this when IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano paid a courtesy call on him at State House in Lusaka on Wednesday morning.

President Lungu said nuclear energy will be used to enhance progress and productivity in the lives of Zambians.

He also called for the agency to assist government in the acquisition of advanced equipment and assist with guidelines that will enable people to comply with the rules and regulations of nuclear science.

And Dr Amano said the agency is able to assist the Zambian government in formulating and establishing legal frameworand also building capacity on nuclear power.

He said the agency will send experts to Zambia to assist in the areas of interest to trace the viability of such sectors.

Dr Amano has also expressed happiness with the operations at the Cancer Diseases Hospital and the setting up of satellite cancer centres in other parts of the country.

He said the agency is willing to continue working with the Zambian Government to enhance the capacity for growth in the nuclear sector.

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    • Great move … we have the second largest reserves of this resource in Africa, 4th largest in the world. Let’s make use of it and to generate all the necessary power in a renewable environment.

      Our nuclear capacity stand alone can power the entire continent of Africa and half of Europe. That’s how much potential we have, so we need to set our minds beyond building toilets both in the air (Zambia Airways) and on the ground.

      Ambidexterity is the hallmark of any successful enterprise and the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise are not an island. It is part of the economic diversification we all seek.

      Besides, the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise are now poised to the first on the continent to have nuclear capability. First among the equals we usually are.

      Zambia Is…

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    • You can not even collect rubbish in your streets or fix sewers , how are you going to deal with nuclear waiste ???

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    • Really laughable ..you can not maintain a sewer pipe and you want atomic energy …sit down lazy foooools including you mug BR Mumba JR!!

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    • You let dimwit open their mouths and ignorance pours out like a fountain … the useless useful clown here Jay Jay has no clue the nuclear waste is a job of IAEA.

      They only think in monolithic terms so to them nuclear waste is now a new problem for GRZ!!! Yaba Oh Yabaaaa!!! It’s good to shut up than keep exposing one’s ignorance time and time again.

      What wrong with these people??? Kuti waseka finangwa fya Shani ifi. Ala bwafya bane …

      Heaven help us all …

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    •  B R Mumba, Sr

      You think dealing with nuclear waiste is like sh.iting in a pit latrine ??

      And the atomic agency does not take your waiste ….they only see to it that you have adequate storage…….i can tell you now that just dealing with nuclear waiste from power generation zambis can not afford..never mind building and maintaining reactors

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  1. Lungu is indeed clueless and ignorant to even think Zambia can harness nuclear energy for power generation……i hope he is only trying to show his kaponya rats that he is working….

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  2. It is unfortunate that earlier efforts to promote” Peaceful use of Nuclear Energy” in Zambia were blocked and frustrated by the Zambian intelligence/ OP.
    By now, Zambia would have had Nuclear Power Plants for sustainable development in this country. We could have had a pool of Nuclear Scientists, Engineers and Technicians. Thus creating job Opportunities at home and abroad for Zambians. IAEA is currently in need of Nuclear Specialists.
    Nuclear Power can be used in Energy Production, Water, Agriculture, Pest, Rodent, Tsetse Flies,and Food Storage Areas, Medicines and Medical Therapy; Food Production and Processing; Security; etc.
    Just like Steel Industry is key to Industrialization, Nuclear Power is key to Sustainable National Development.

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    • Thats the once good thing about Zambians… dreaming. You don’t have public toilets, clean water, decent public transport, half of your population stays in compounds, only one third of the population has access to medical health…

      Today you want to build a nuclear power station, i even forgot that you can’t even manage the hydropower dam the colonial master left you.

      So many former USSR countries have failed to manage nuclear power stations which are now managed by western countries yet these countries are far more advanced in human capital than Zambia.

      Get real

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  3. Mumba(ret) i read with interest your comments and agree, zambia has the POTENTIAL, yes we do but our ability to actualise that potential is where we constantly fail.
    Sg mumba why are we asking again for aid to realize our potential, i liked the answer of Dr. Amano when he said they can help with legal framework etc but no commitment to what the president asked for , i.e. AQUISTION of equipment, are we that broke that we beg again. Maybe our intelligence wings were correct in refusing previously.
    We cannot monitor copper output imagine keeping track of uranium usage particularly when we have asked russia to be involved in our proposed move to clean energy…. could foreign powers want our uranium

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  4. Mumba(ret) i read with interest your comments and agree, zambia has the POTENTIAL, yes we do but our ability to actualise that potential is where we constantly fail.
    Sg mumba why are we asking again for aid to realize our potential, i liked the answer of Dr. Amano when he said they can help with legal framework etc but no commitment to what the president asked for , i.e. AQUISTION of equipment, are we that broke that we beg again. Maybe our intelligence wings were correct in refusing previously.
    We cannot monitor copper output imagine keeping track of uranium usage particularly when we have asked russia to be involved in our proposed move to clean energy…. could foreign powers want our uranium

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