Zimbabwe is set to have a state of the art disposal facility for radioactive material following an injection of $350 000 by the government, amid moves to improve human and environmental protection.

The construction of a modern waste management facility for disused radioactive sources is set to commence following the funding to the Radiation Protection Agency of Zimbabwe.

Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony for the facility, the Minister of Policy Coordination and Promotion of Socio-Economic Ventures in the President’s Office, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said safeguarding nuclear and radioactive sources is important as the materials can cause serious environmental pollution if not handled properly.

Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe Chairperson, Dr Ntokozo Ndlovu said the facility will help the authority better ensure nuclear safety.

The construction of the disposal facility which consists of laboratories, a waste management block and offices is being undertaken by the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) with the first stage scheduled for completion in six months.

The Radiation Protection Agency of Zimbabwe has been using an interim storage and disposal facility at the government analysts laboratory in Harare which is not a secure place to prevent theft of harmful radioactive substances.