The Government of Zimbabwe has approved the framework allowing for cooperation with the Russian Federation State Atomic Energy Corporation as it considers the possibility of using nuclear energy as an alternative source of power for the country.

The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, disclosed during a post-cabinet briefing that the Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Russian Federation State Atomic Energy Corporation with the potential to establish a centre for nuclear science and technology in the country very much available.

“(The) cabinet considered and approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Russian Federation State Atomic Energy Corporation, which was presented by the Attorney-General on behalf of the chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Legislation,” she said.

The Minister explained that the memorandum seeks to facilitate a higher level of cooperation between the two countries in the use of nuclear energy, by laying a foundation for the execution of the agreed areas of cooperation. She further explained that the consideration of the nuclear alternative is towards a peaceful purpose, noting that:

“The anticipated cooperation in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes will provide alternative sources of energy which Zimbabwe needs,” she said.