Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo
Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo

Scores of youths in Chongwe District have distanced themselves from media reports suggesting that Chongwe residents have rejected government’s policy direction to explore nuclear project in the district.

And the youths have unreservedly apologized to Higher Education Minister Professor Nkandu Luo on the manner she was treated by some youths who had attended the earlier meeting chaired by senior Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo ll, a fortnight ago.

Meanwhile, Chongwe District Commissioner Frazer Musonda has implored the people in the district to support government’s policies that are aimed at bringing the much needed development.

Speaking on behalf of other youths, Edward Musole, said young people have since endorsed the decision of the Chongwe District Development Co-ordinating Committee (DDCC) to embrace nuclear science and technology as alternative energy in the country’s diversified energy mix.

Mr. Musole explained that youths have also decided to align themselves with the vision of President Edgar Lungu’s quest to develop the country without discrimination.

He said this at the Chongwe District Administration during a solidarity march with President Edgar Lungu’s developmental agenda of developing all parts of the country even where the PF party received few votes in the 2016 General Elections.

“After carrying out an assessment of what led to the earlier statement, we have come to a conclusion that those of us who were part of the meeting which had a predetermined outcome and rejected the project,” he said.

“We realized our mistake and we take cognizant of the fact that we unknowingly shared a platform with political enemies of President Lungu and we were duped to be part of the wrong decision.”

Mr. Musole pointed out that the youths have decided to support the government’s developmental agenda aimed at bettering the welfare of all Zambians.

And Mr. Musole has on behalf of the youths extended their apology to President Lungu and his administration on the manner some unruly youths heckled Professor Luo when she came to enlighten residents on the proposed project.

Mr. Musole said the youths are collectively asking for forgiveness from the Head of State and Professor Luo in particular after reflecting on their misconduct during the heated meeting.

“In addition, with much remorse, we regret that we did not treat our mother, a senior government official with respect she deserved during the meeting which had a predetermined outcome”, he said.

“After realizing our misconduct as already mentioned, it is our heart’s desire to collectively ask for forgiveness from our beloved President and Professor Luo in particular after reflecting on own misconduct during the heated meeting.”

And addressing scores of youths, Chongwe District Commissioner Frazer Musonda has implored the people in the district to support government’s policies that are aimed at bringing the much needed development.

Mr. Musonda observed that divided loyalty in the district has hindered the smooth implementation of government programmes.

He appealed to all stakeholders regardless of their political affiliations to embrace progressive policies if the district is to see meaningful development as outlined in the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).

“We the people of Chongwe rejected the construction of a general hospital, shopping malls and other important social amenities which would have contributed to wealth and job creation in the district.”

Last week, the Chongwe District Development Co-ordinating Committee (DDCC) special meeting endorsed government’s intention to build a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology in Chongwe district’s Silverest area.

The project which is still in its infancy stage is aimed at training nuclear scientists locally to cut on expenses government incur currently for sending students abroad.

A fortnight ago, a meeting chaired by Senior Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II attended by Higher Education Minister Professor Nkandu Luo and Chongwe Member of Parliament, Japhen Mwakalombe, some Chongwe residents rejected the project on the pretext that it was a nuclear plant.

The residents who seemed to have had a predetermined outcome prior to the meeting, rejected elaborate explains from Professor Luo and technocrats from the interim Committee on Nuclear Energy.

In 2015, Zambia experienced a crippling power deficit and forced government to explore alternative energy in the country’s diversified energy mix to meet the power supply demand and export the surplus in a bid to industrialize.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. Even a blind man can see the hand and beer of a politician behind this “sudden change” of Reasoning by the so called youths of Change.

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    • Is it not the same place many years ago where people dug out and ate condemned corned beef that was contaminated with radio active material?

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    • These small pipis have been paid, they don’t even know what nuclear is,,,,wait they live in chongwe, a poor area and they have been given small money, which will finish when their tu ma small amatole will be swelling from nuclear pollution

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    • OKAY CAN LUNGU TELL US HOW HE’S DEALING WITH MUTATI AND MABUMBA’S CORRUPTION SCANDAL?

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    • The woman-man is not supposed to be an MP and therefore not and Minister, Can’t you get it?

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    • @Carlos, that’s the same area. I remember the picture of one of those who ate the condemned tinned beef. Ten years later he was again in the Times of Zambia looking healthy.

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    • Those poor children have been paid to make those empty statements. Nkandu Luo’s tactics as she belongs to a corrupt team who only know how to stage manage protests to cover up their inefficiencies. Insoni ebuntu ( Kambwili, 2018).

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    • The village youths think they’ll get jobs at the nuclear power station. Kikikiki

      South Africans rejected these Russian nuclear power stations because the Russians want to Build-Own-Operate (BOO) & take the money back to Russia. The deal smelled of Zuma’s corruption. No wonder Zuma started visiting Lungu frequently to sell him the idea.

      Besides who can forget Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster.

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    • Propaganda, she paid the youth. This woman has no respect. We saw the footage in her stupid mini dress. Not respect for chief. LT why the hell you put Luo’s face? This story is very compromised and you should tell us the source. Put pictures of kneeling youth if it really happened.

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    • Didn’t I watch on TV news Her Royal Highness Senior Chiefteness Nkomesha Mukamambo herself giving a statement against that proposed nuclear project? What is the truth imwe ba Lusaka Times!

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    • What makes you people dead scared when you think of HH? Yes, you are scared of the rule of law and total order.Then there will no more “Uwamwibala alya mwibalala mentality.No more amadilu and corruption from your Chinese friends.
      HH has built his empire on hard work.He is a hard worker.
      In short namwishiba ati ngawaiba, ukakakwa period.

      HH like former Tonga leaders were humble and hardworking, talk of Mr. Robinson Nabulyato, Mainza Chona, Kebby Musokotwane, Benny Mwinga, Anderson Mazoka etc

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  2. Make the Nuclear plant miles away from any city or town. Plus the army and their engineers should be close kaili vika bumuka kikikikikikiki.

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    • Awe tamuli Nzelu, why army get involved? This is energy generation, not a case of N.Korea.

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    • Nuclear establishments should never be near highly populated areas. That plant can be put in places like Luano valley or somewhere towards Shangombo. If it has water cooled reactors then have it in the lakes district of Northern Zambia. Why should it ever be in Silverest on the outskirts of our biggest city of Lusaka????? Politics is killing common sense in this country.

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  3. Am sure Maggie has given them an empowerment loan and they have not bought beers…this is the cadres politics we talk about; the worst cancer to Zambia.

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  4. As much as a nuclear facility may be important to development it is a bad idea to place it close to populated areas. Zambia does not lack land thus if the government is bent on having its construction go ahead then it better be relocated to another site! For all I know a nuclear facility requires a lot of water for system cooling purposes, does Chongwe have that much water and once the water leaves the unit won’t it be contaminated?

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  5. Nuclear Power Plants, positioned downwind built- up areas, will create jobs and bring development to the areas and the country .

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    • I wonder how many wars Col Musonda fought and actually won! Doesn’t look like he thinks very far.

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  6. No sir a nuclear power plant will be too complex for us and we have no where to dump that waste. Before you know Lungu will be giving his cadres the dumping site to his cadres to extract whatever they can find, it is just a disaster waiting to happen. There are better cleaner alternatives to this dangerous option these crazy fools want. Besides those youth do not own land or pay taxes for us to be wasting our time on, ask the land owners and working population instead of ignorant paid cadres.

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  7. Young people read, what has happened to Japan, do you have the capacity, to prevent the dangers involved. Don’t be fooled with proofs money.
    If there will be a leak, that is the end of Chongwe, let them take it to Eastern or Luapula.
    Chika bumuka. You will all die.
    Let Mr Luo, take it to his home area Chinsali.

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  8. Zambians donot be ignorant Zambia is not ready to invest or develop any nuclear project even before we have nuclear scientists in the country , ask people in Eastern Kenya where people have remained affected by the investment that some did of a similar nature . What does Nkandu Luo know about nuclear science .

    This project should be stopped until we have the capacity the people and environment shall be affected for ever

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  9. #4.1 Katana, you must be daft and thinking everyone is like you. You mean you cannot see in h.h what everyone else sees? How can h.h fir example fight cirruotion when his running mate is corruption itself? How can he be a democrat when he does not allow democracy in his own party but cries foul at the elections? He is there in upndeez becauseof his tribe, tell me how thatcan be good for Zambia?

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  10. Impupu lyonse shenda ishasakamana with their ”Ubomba mwibala, alya mwibala” slogan. A thief is a thief no matter what and these are the notorious people who have destroyed this once beautiful country. Image, within a short space of three years, some one who was only worth K2m, jumps to K27m and then to US$400m, what explanation can one give in that scenario, what magic did he use apart from theft, corruption and plunder ? Almost all the so called investors we have in this country do not pay any tax to the government at all but the whole burden is on the already heavily taxed Zambians, why ? Anyway, there is a day set by God and that day is fast approaching, wina azalila.

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  11. Impupu lyonse shenda ishasakamana with their ”Ubomba mwibala, alya mwibala” slogan. A thief is a thief no matter what and these are the notorious people who have destroyed this once beautiful country. Imagine, within a short space of three years, some one who was only worth K2m, jumps to K27m and then to US$400m, what explanation can one give in that scenario, what magic did he use apart from theft, corruption and plunder ? Almost all the so called investors we have in this country do not pay any tax to the government at all but the whole burden is on the already heavily taxed Zambians, why ? Anyway, there is a day set by God and that day is fast approaching, wina azalila

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  12. THE RUSSIANS HAVE INFILTRATED THE MINDS OF OUR YOUTH! THEY HAVE PAID THE PF AND THEIR CADRES – JUST LIKE THEY DID IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH ZUMA AND THE GUPTAS. WE WILL LONG SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES IF WE DO NOT STAND UP AS A NATION AND STOP AND FORM OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN ZAMBIA !!!! THE RUSSIANS HAVE ULTERIOR MOTIVES – THEY DO NOT CARE IF THE HEALTH OF OUR POPULATION DECLINES FURTHER BECAUSE OF NUCLEAR – THEY JUST INTERESTED IN GETTING WHAT EVER THEY CAN OUT OF AFRICA TO FURTHER THEIR OWN NUCLEAR WEAPONS !!
    DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN – WE ALL NEED TO STAND TOGETHER AS ONE NATION AND CONDEMN THIS – WE HAVE THE SUN AND THE WIND – LETS USE WHAT GOD GAVE US !

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  13. Chamba in Zambia shall never cease to be illegally consumed. this is the side effect, as someone up posted, Zambia is truly blessed with mad people.
    These youth exactly fits the bill.

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  14. Do we have any big water bodies in chongwe. If yes, then no problem. If no then there is a big problem. Most nuclear stations need vast amount of wafer to cool them. So bwana president and your minister you must rethink this stupid politics you are playing. Why do you always involve innocent youths to advance your agenda?

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  15. Its not a nuclear plant mwefisushi imwe. why are you misleading villagers. Anyway, should take the project to more civilized fellows.

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    • Why being emotional?????? just don’t participant in the discussions. You will endup breaking your employer’s keyboard.

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  16. This Nuclear Plant is a non-starter in Zambia. If we cant fight cholera what can make us fight such a nuclear disaster if one occurred. A woken up President such as Cyril Ramaphosa in S.A has denied a Nuclear setup in his country then PF is busy getting deals behind closed doors to set up one when we cant even fight simple illnesses

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