Wednesday April 2 2014

Anti-lightning centre set up

By Abdulaziizi K. Tumusiime

A new centre has been set up to mitigate the destruction caused by lightning strikes, as well as preventing the calamity.

The African Centre for Lightning and Electromagnetics (ACLE) was inaugurated recently in Entebbe.
Prof Waswa Balunywa, the chairman Board of Directors of ACLE, said the initiative was in reaction to the absence of experts on lightning in the country.
“Previously when lightning struck, everyone would become an overnight expert on how to prevent the destruction. We did not have people creating awareness from a scholarly and authoritative point of view,” he said.

The centre
“The ACLE is going to invest in extensive research on the subject, understanding the problem and embarking on a vigorous country wide sensitisation about it,” he added.
Foster Chileshe Lubasi, a lightning researcher from Zambia, said ACLE is an opportunity to shift from the vain attribution of lightning to superstition.

She said in Zambia and many parts of Africa people think and believe that lightning is the work of the gods. “This is a fallacy. ACLE is going to prove it,” she said.
The ACLE will be hosted at Makerere University Business School.