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KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – President Museveni on Wednesday held talks with the Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, and his team.

Amano’s team is in Uganda ahead of the commissioning of the new Cobalt 60 machine at the Uganda Cancer Institute.

Museveni told the group that unless solar energy becomes cheap, Uganda and Africa will have to use nuclear energy.

“It is therefore important to learn the art of this technology. Paradoxically, some places in the Tropics may not use solar effectively because they often have clouds, making atomic energy critical I welcome the IAEA to Uganda,” he went on.

Museveni said he was ready to work with Amano’s nuclear energy agency to that effect.

“We are ready to work with you. We don’t have any hidden ambitions as far as nuclear energy is concerned.”

He added: “We want electricity and we are also using nuclear energy in the fight against cancer and the drive against tsetse flies.”

The two leaders held high level consultations on activities related to IAEA technical cooperation programme in Uganda ahead of the official commissioning of the cobalt 60 cancer machine at the cancer Institute.

Museveni insisted on the urgency of vector control and cancer treatment saying they are subsidiary.

“The main issue is energy resource. Nuclear is clean. At policy and strategic level, let’s have convergence use.”

Museveni said all rivers in Africa have a potential of about 350,000mw of electricity and yet the population will grow to about 1.2 billion in next 25 years.

“USA uses 1.5 million MW equivalent to almost 5 times of rivers in Africa. Unless solar is a cheaper alternative, we shall have to use nuclear,” he explained.

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