Eco Stoves, the new technology to save the environment.


Zainabu Adongo 

Late cooking and serving of meals in time in families is the reason for some causes of domestic violence and shattered marriages. This therefore requires a kitchen that is equipped with fast cooking energy saving stove.

These are some of the massages the ECO-Stove Ave Maria is disseminating to appeal to the general public to embrace the use of a new innovation of an environmentally friendly cooking stove.

The new technology developed as one of the solutions to global warming and climate change, demonstrated to the staff of Radio Wa by a three man team from Eco-Stove Ave-Maria.

In Uganda, 96% of the people living in the rural areas are still relying on wood fuel for cooking and 89-90% of the population do not have a cooking stove while 19,700 of the Ugandans die yearly from their exposure to indoor air population that arises from the use of firewood and charcoal for cooking.

Against this backdrop, environmental activists and governments worldwide are appealing for new technologies that are environmental friendly, among them stoves that can help to reduce de-afforestation and emissions of toxic gas.

The Eco-stove that was demonstrated to the staff of Radio Wa Early this month was officially launched in Lango Sub Region in July this year at a function at Mayor’s Garden in Lira Municipality.

In an exclusive interview, the Operation Manager for Northern Region at Eco Groups Ltd, Quinto Odongo, for many years people have been practicing deforestation and felling down trees without considering its effects to the environment a reason, they introduced the new technology.

´´People are still cutting down trees so much that is why Eco Groups Ltd through the country manager decided to invent this technology in Uganda´´

Odongo has identified many stakeholders who should not miss out to acquire the stoves either for domestic or commercial purposes.

´´We want to partner with everyone that is why we encourage everybody to adapt the use of Eco stoves. In Lira district, we are working closely with Lira Municipal Council authority where we donated Eco stoves to the main market and also schools such as Lira Town College, Dr Obote College, Lango College among others´´

Eco stove a product introduced by the Eco Group Ltd, is a new technology that is aimed at reducing the carbon footprint as supported by the Kyoto Protocol and to also reduce the costs of cooking in both the urban and rural areas.



Appa Shooting victims receive oxen from area MP.


Irene Abalo Otto

Two victims of the September 7th 2015 random shooting by Uganda police and the UPDF last month received 5 million shillings each to help them have a means of livelihoods.

Anthony Akol, the Kilak South Member of parliament in Amuru district handed the money to the two amputees and asked them to use the money to buy an ox and ox plough each so that they can make more money through hiring to other farmers in their village.

“I am buying for them the oxen and ox ploughs so that they can begin to earn money from it and also use it to plant their own crops. I shared with them and this is more sustainable than giving them cash for other ventures.”

Akol told our reporter from his home in Lyibi division that he saw a great need to contribute to the wellbeing of the two youth who lost their hands during the scuffle at the ApaaAdjumani demarcation last year.

He says the two are among the over 83 people who got injured and some are still nursing their wounds in the villages without help from the government that was supposed to protect them from being hurt.

“These are Ugandans living in Apaa, Amuru district which is also part of Uganda. The government should have protected them instead of using the armed force against them. I am coming in to help them because I see the pain that they are going through yet the government that inflicted pain upon their lives is not bothering,’ says the Kilak South Member of Parliament.

Felix Opiyo, a 27 year old victim who lost his right hand in the Apaa shooting victims says that from the day he was wounded, he has been living in both physical and psychological pain because he can no longer dig to make ends meet for his widowed mother and siblings.

“They came and attacked us brutally in our ancestral home. I uses to dig. Now I cannot dig to pay my school fees to finish compass. I cannot even bath my own body. I have problems with my lung and other sickness that I never had before yet I have sought for justice from government entities in vain.” Say Opiyo.

At the time of the shooting, Felix was already in his second year at Gulu University pursuing Bachelor of Business Administration paying his own tuition and that of his other siblings through proceeds from his farming activities.

He adds that they feel the government of Uganda will not help them because their case with Uganda Human Rights commission is dragging on without signs of success.

Christine Ayet, 48 years, the mother of Felix Opiyo says that being a widow, her first born son had become a husband to her because he was the one fending for the family. She urged the government and other able NGOs to provide support to her son and if possible marry for him a wife so that she is relieved from bathing him like a child on a daily basis, a duty she says is uncomfortable.

“My first born son was already at the University yet he fended for the family through farming in the village. Now he cannot dig because his hand was amputated after the bullet wounds damaged it. Their father was killed during the war and I have no one to help me now. He was like my husband but see what they have done to him,” Ayet narrates while in tears referring to Uganda Police and the UPDF.

Jacob Okumu, another 26 year old victim whose left hand was also amputated because of the bullet wounds from the Apaa shooting told our reporter his three wives left him with four children the moment he got wounded.

Okumu says that since he is a peasant, his wives rendered him useless because he can no longer dig to fend for the family. He adds that his major personal challenge is bathing since he does not have anyone to help him apart from his father.

The Appa shooting Incident that happened when residents protested the boundary demarcation of Adumani and Amuru on 7th September 2015 that left 83 people wounded and 11 are still missing to date.

However, Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Asqwa Region Police Spokesperson says that the police has no issue to answer concerning the amputated youth.

“We came out clearly after the Apaa incident that no body was shot at. But those who got hurt were those who picked the tear gas canisters, it exploded on them. It is unfortunate that they lost their hands.” Says the Police PRO.

The Apaa operation by the police during the Boundary demarcation was allegedly ordered for by the IGP, Gen Kale Kaiyura.

Charcoal Burning in Lango


Adong Zainabu


Despite its effects on the environment, the felling of trees for charcoal business still thrives amidst the restrictions and penalties meant to control it.

The decline of the economic fabric of the people of northern Uganda as a result of the almost two decades of the LRA protracted war, left the trees as a source of income that most of the families rely on for much of their domestic needs.

In Apac, the previous Council tried to effect a ban on charcoal business in vain while in Otuke District, the Resident District Commissioner mounted operations to arrest those who target endangered shear nut trees for charcoal burning.

A mini survey done in Lango sub region shows that a sack of charcoal is being sold at 25,000/= in Otuke Town Council while in Olilim Sub County it is at between 15,000/= to 20,000/=.

In Alebtong a bag of charcoal is at 20,000, Oyam 15000, Kole 20000 Amolator 18000, Apac 15000, Dokolo15000 and Lira Municipality a sack is sold between 40,000/= to 50,000/=.

In Apac district the largest supplies of charcoal comes from Chawente and Akokoro sub counties according the Geoffrey Eling Owera the councillor representing Chawente sub county to Apac district Local Government.

Owera admits that the districts get revenue from charcoal business though the fees levied is meant to discourage the charcoal burners from cutting to save the environment.

The Chawente Councillor suggests that there should be Environmental Assessment done and the burning of charcoal banned.

Meanwhile, the Resident District Commissioner of Otuke, Robert Abak maintains that the operation he launched against charcoal burning and especially on the felling of Shea nut trees has had an impact.

Abak however says that burning of charcoal and the felling of trees in Otuke can be used for domestic requirements on a small scale, not commercial.

As the RDC of Otuke clearly stated, domestic use of charcoal and wood can not be completely avoided because this has been the cheapest and most available source of energy for the local community.

However, the question that is yet to be answered is why charcoal has become more of a business than the mere consumables it used to be over 20 years ago.

Edited by

Abalo Irene Otto