Thursday, June 13, 2024

Main Reason Why Zambia Needs No Nuclear Power Station: We Have No Nuclear Deterrent


GREEN Party Presidential Candidate Peter Sinkamba
GREEN Party Presidential Candidate Peter Sinkamba

The head-to-head cold-war which escalated last week between Russia and Western Powers, especially the US and Britain, is compelling evidence that the major factor why rich nations are building a new generation of civil nuclear power stations is not for civilian purposes but to upgrade their military nuclear technology. The display of sophisticated latest weapons by Kremlin, Washington, and London is justification why nuclear power stations must be banned globally.

Put simply, the major motivating factor is to upgrade military nuclear technology and maintain enough skills to keep a nuclear deterrent. Otherwise, both the civil and military side of nuclear power is uneconomic. It is just a smokescreen.

The super powers are conscience of the fact that if they were to withdrawal from civil nuclear power on grounds of uncompetitive economics, then that would leave the shared costs borne entirely on the military side. A scenario like that makes military nuclear infrastructures significantly more expensive. However, if civil nuclear commitments are maintained despite adverse economics, this helps them cover the shared costs, which effectively amounts to a cross-subsidy.

So, the expansion of nuclear for civil purposes is actually to support military nuclear industrial capabilities expansion. Where nuclear-capable skilled workforce through a civil nuclear programme is developed, this is done so purely to relieve their Ministries of Defence of the burden of developing and retaining skills and capability largely for cross-subsidy purposes.

For the above reasons, rich nations have had to create multi-billion dollar funds exclusively dedicated to manage nuclear waste. The exorbitant cost of building nuclear plants, maintaining them, managing the toxic residues, as well as well the real possibility of day-to-day contamination is justified for purposes nuclear deterrent.

It is no-brainer that we lack financial capacity to build one nuclear power station, let alone contemplate managing a nuclear waste. We should not allow ourselves to indirectly be generators and suppliers of nuclear materials to further military nuclear technology elsewhere in the world. That will be a very dangerous game to play. We have no nuclear deterrent to keep off super powers when turn their nukes in our direction.

Furthermore, this government has failed to create a sinking fund for Eurobond loans. Where will it get multi-billion dollars to create an “Atommüllentsorgungsfond” like Germany?

Additionally, it is no secret that the world ecology is suffering from serious effects of underground nuclear waste deposits. And sadly, almost 80% of our people survive solely on untreated underground water supply from wells and boreholes. Is it really worth it to endanger our people just like that?

The rule of the thumb in sustainability science is that if you cannot manage it safely and sustainably, do not produce it. So, if we have no capacity for nuclear deterrent, let’s not produce nuclear materials. If we cannot sustainably manage nuclear waste, let’s not produce it.


  1. The cost of production of hydro electric power is almost the same as that of nuclear, however the effect on the environment by a nuclear leakage is quite devastating. As such, Zambia like many developing nations doesn’t need nuclear energy, it’s not worth it. But the way Nkandu Luo is pushing it’s like she’s been promised a good commission before she’s finally kicked out of parley

    • The usual British propaganda … we are back in the Cold-War Era again. I miss Ronald Wilson Reagan (MHSRIP). We have enough yellow cake and we can manage this technology very well.

      It’s been proven safe everywhere except for one major accident in Japan but new methods have been adapted to mitigate those losses. Let’s not be used by proxy wars, we are a sovereign nation and we need to move our nation forward.

      Let the elephants fight all they want and don’t make us the tuff on which you fight from.

      We have a nation to build and our time is now … thanks a trillion.

    • I don’t see any word like Zambia or Chongwe in that article.
      I find it so hard to read. Was Peter drunk or not, article is delusional.

    • Iwe ba iwe Mulenga no black man can miss racists like Reagan. The man who Labelled Mandela a terrorist. The man who felt blacks were barter served by Apartheids rather than self rule. Are you this brainwashed after living in the US?

    • Iwe na iwe Mumba no black man can miss racists like Reagan. The man who Labelled Mandela a terrorist. The man who felt blacks were better served by Apartheid rather than self rule. Are you this brainwashed after living in the US?

  2. Who ever wrote this does not know what they are talking about……and why have you put sinkambas picture at the top as If he is the author and also that link to the BBC at the bottom does is a bout nuclear weapons……

    For starters Japan is not a nuclear weapons power yet generates most of her electricity through nuclear……..France has nuclear weapons and generates 70% of her electricity by nuclear….so to say nuclear power generation is uneconomic is plainly wrong.

  3. Okay. This is the very definition of being dull! Surely how can you pass up an opportunity to upgrade your technology capacity as a country? With climate change and the growth of population,our hydropower investments will never be sufficient to power our nation or lift us out of poverty!! Let’s begin to think long term and strategically.

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