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Mukono Residents Petition Gov't Over Nuclear Waste Plant

On Thursday morning more than 200 residents marched to the office of the Mukono Resident District Commissioner, Nasser Munulo and handed over the petition. In the petition, the residents demanded the relocation of the facility
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More than 200 residents of Canaan Estate, in Mukono district have petitioned the government over the proposed construction of a nuclear and atomic waste site in the area.

The residents of Kitoba village, Nama Sub County, fear the facility which is being constructed by the Uganda Atomic Energy Council (AEC) will pose a health risk.

On Thursday morning more than 200 residents marched to the office of the Mukono Resident District Commissioner, Nasser Munulo and handed over the petition. In the petition, the residents demanded the relocation of the facility.

In 2011, the government acquired 11.5 acres of land in Kitoba village, Nama sub-county to implement a five year master plan.  The plan includes building AEC headquarters, staff accommodation, laboratories, atomic/nuclear storage facility, and sports field.

The residents dressed in white t-shirts with words like " Atomic energy council, Respect our lives" walked for 15 kilometres while holding play cards.

The petition was written by the Bishop of Mukono Diocese, James William Ssebagala who is also a resident of Canaan estate on behalf of the residents.

Isaac Drassi, the chairman of Canaan site estate, says that they are not against government programs but want the facility relocated.

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Henry Nsububa, another resident says that the district council passed a resolution halting construction, but the decision was ignored.

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Munulo says that he will hand over the petition to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals.

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