It is 21st century but 8 in 10 Africans still grope in darkness

By Adlyne Wangusi

 

Only 2 Africans who live on the African continent have access to some form of energy and light the larger rest grope and wonder about in darkness, Hans Peter Christophersen who is a trade and energy counselor Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway said on Wednesday in Nairobi.

Speaking at the Future Energy East Africa conference and expo Christophersen said the entire Eastern Africa region is only 25% electrified.  He stated that the use of energy in East Africa is at a very low percentage compared to the Europe countries.

In Kenya for example, the ministry of Energy figures shows that only 7 million of her over 40 million people have access to some form of energy or the other.

In Uganda, a country with huge potential for electricity generation, only about 8% of the rural population has access to the national grid, and for those that do have it, average consumption is very low (<30 kWh/month) – likely due to the low affordability of service.

Between 80-90% of Tanzanians do not fare any better as the country lacks access to electricity. Most families living in rural off-grid areas use dim kerosene lamps to light their homes.

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