By Yosam Gucwaki
Research shows that 60% of the people in Masindi district still use fire wood as their main source of cooking energy.
This was revealed by Philip Kihumuro, the consultant Eco system Associates while presenting findings obtained during the survey which was carried out in the sub counties of Miirya, Kimengo and Kigulya.
The survey which was conducted last year by Mid-western Region Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (MICOD) and covered 128 households aimed at increasing the penetration of use of renewable energy in the district.
The survey further indicated that the energy situation is still poor with only 4.3% of the house hold reached being connected to the main grid.
The survey further showed that 19% of the respondents in Masindi district have access to renewable energy with 12% being in the rural setting. It also showed that 62% of the people reported not to be aware of the service providers for renewable energy technologies..
Richard Kiiza, the Assistant Chief Administrative officer Masindi noted that as the district they have tried to put in place measures to ensure that they increase the use of renewable energy adding that people have not yet embraced the use of renewable energy because they have not yet known its importance.
Kassimu Kabagonza, the district vice chairperson explained that a lot needs to be done to sensitize the public on the dangers of using non renewable energy facilities adding that if the district is to adopt renewable energy its leadership and the civil society organizations should come out and champion the campaign against the use of nonrenewable energy.
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