By: Bbuye Martin, School of Science, Nkumba University


This study introduces the relationship between the urban and rural household electricity use and its adoption. It further entails the electricity use and adoption at the three regional study areas, electricity connections, electricity bill payments and finally by adopting the observation technique it considers the relationship between urban and rural household electricity use and adoption. Access to electricity in Uganda is limited for most of the population. The Ugandan census of 2002 reported that 7.7% of households used electricity for lighting (37% of urban households and 2.6% of rural households) this was up from 5.6% in 1991. In contrast, 74.8% of households (33.3% of urban and 88.2% of rural) were using "Tadooba" , a form of paraffin candle, for lighting. The use of electricity has, despite setbacks in supply, reaching a rising number of people, and the number of electricity users, is reported to be up by 50% since 2002. Most tourist and developed areas rely on backup generators. In 2002, the network provided power to only 33 of the 54 districts of Uganda.