By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Hon Irene Muloni has revealed that the country will soon use nuclear energy for power generation which will solve a problem of power blackout in the country.
While addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre, Kampala on Thursday, Minister Muloni said that Ugandans should not be worried about their safety with nuclear energy because the country follows the guidelines on nuclear energy use.
“We are going to apply nuclear energy for power generation. We are applying it for health, agriculture and energy. When people hear nuclear they ask “are we safe?” Yes we are. Uganda follows the guidelines of using nuclear energy plants. We are looking at the next 10-15years,” she said.
The Minister, who said that the price of electricity will fall in the coming years, revealed that electricity towers worth Shs1.5b were recently vandalized leading to power blackout in the country.
“We have two major lines bringing electricity from Lake Nalubaale. The vandalism affected 5 towers. Who on earth would want to tarnish themselves? This was the reason for the blackout we had and Umeme kept explaining with the pictures,” she said.
She added that the country needs more strict laws on vandalization of such items saying that the current ones are lenient.
“The current laws are lenient on vandalization. We need more strict laws. Almost the whole country went into a blackout because over 150MGW couldn’t be supplied to consumers. Electricity is deadly, stop playing with it. Any fault may kill you. Also, wire your homes well,” she said.
She urged Ugandans to stop such reckless behavior adding, “We are making sure all sub counties have electricity. Our responsibility is that all Ugandans have power but it’s a process. We are starting with those near the available infrastructure.”
She invited the public to attend the energy week which will be held at KCCA grounds Lugogo next week with free entrance.