Earlier this year Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo said that Zambia is expected to develop a nuclear power plant with a capacity to generate about 2,000 megawatts of electricity.
Professor Luo said that the power plant will be critical to ensuring sufficient supply of electricity to power the economy for over five decades.
Zambia is working with the Russian government and the international atomic energy agency are partnering in the nuclear science programme.
And Radiation Protection Authority Chief Executive Officer, Boster Siwila, said that the ionization protection act number 16 of 2005 revised the nuclear radiation safety bill which is undergoing administrative process.
“Because of the coming of the nuclear energy program to Zambia, the Ionization Protection Act number 16 of 2005 is currently been revised, the Nuclear Radiation Safety Bill is undergoing administrative process at the Ministry of Justice to regulate all aspects of nuclear materials in the country” said Siwila.
He expects that the bill will be presented to parliament this coming September.
“This bill is now sitting in the Ministry of Justice before it can be enforced in order to regulate all aspects of nuclear materials in Zambia” he said.
Siwila was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a 5 day Atomic Energy Agency Mid-Term Coordination Meeting at Cresta Golf View Hotel in Lusaka today.
“The meeting has attracted 24 Countries across the African Continent is aimed at sharing information on how individual countries can prepare for the implementation of radioactive materials,” Siwila said.