Bridget Nakabo from Makerere University Business Schools uses both the kerosene and gas stove. “Though I have both a gas and kerosene stove, I prefer to use gas since whenever I use kerosene my roommate sneezes because she is allergic,” she said.
David Kisakye was excited when he received his admission to
Makerere University. He is expected to report to the university during the
August intake when the new semester begins.
However, Kisakye isn't sure about the hostel
life he is getting into. “What is feeding like in a hostel since I am going to
have to cook my own food?” he asked his elder brother.
Kisakye is yet to decide on what he will use to cook in the
hostel. Different cooking appliances such as hot plates, gas and electric
cookers, kerosene and charcoal stoves are used by students in hostels depending
on convenience and the cost implication.
students use wicks kerosene stoves. They are fast since they produce heat with a
single match stick, which can be regulated during the cooking. They also
come at an affordable price. A kerosene stove costs Shillings 20,000 on average
and can be refilled with just Shillings 3500 for a liter of kerosene.
Judith Mindra is a year two student of Makerere University and
resident of Douglas Villa hostel. According to Mindira, she prefers using a kerosene stove because it is cheap and easy to use.
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some of the users of Kerosene stoves cite the
heat it produces and smoke as some of its major disadvantages. The other is
that they produce soot, which blackens sauce pans during cooking and exposes
them to health complications.
Bridget Nakabo from Makerere University Business Schools uses
both the kerosene and gas stove. “Though I have both a gas and kerosene stove,
I prefer to use gas since whenever I use kerosene my roommate sneezes because
she is allergic,” she said.
Charcoal stoves are not as much used as kerosene stoves.
Students around the hostels that opt for charcoal stoves commonly use those
made of clay because they are energy efficient. They stock some charcoal that they use to cook.
Akisa uses a charcoal stove, which she says she finds costly since she has to
spend a minimum of Shillings 3000 each day to cook. “It is expensive but it can cook all kinds of food since i
can regulate the heat unlike a hot plate.” She says.
She says charcoal
stoves are convenient because they save fuel especially when cooking food like
beans that take long to get ready. Clay charcoal stoves also produce less heat compared to
kerosene stoves since the clay absorbs the heat. However, charcoal
stoves don’t get heated right away like kerosene stoves.
Studies on the usage
of charcoal stoves indoors shows that they emit carbon monoxide when burning,
which isn’t good when inhaled. The use of gas cannot go unmentioned as the trend has so
shifted from kerosene to gas stoves. These come in varied sizes
The bigger the size of the gas cylinder the more expensive it costs. Some
gas stoves have an inbuilt lighting mechanism while some require lighting with
a match stick after releasing the gas. Students who use the gas stoves say they like them because of
Bridget Nakabo from Bitu hostel around MUBS says
she partly prefers a gas stove because it beautifies the environment unlike
kerosene stoves that rust after a while.
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She also says that besides, gas stoves don’t produce a strong
smell and heat the room compared to the kerosene or charcoal stoves. Students
using gas cook within the confines of their rooms unlike their colleagues who
use kerosene and charcoal stoves that are compelled to cook outside their rooms.
of the students use electric appliances like hot
plates and rice cookers to cook. These are faster as they produce heat
right the moment one switches them on after plugging them into an electronic
Andrew Okello, a year four student at Makerere University,
says some people wrongly assume that rice cookers are only meant for preparing
rice. For him it is power saving and friendly when preparing various kinds of
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However, rice cookers come at a high cost, which
is out of reach for many students. Some hostels like Mulumba in Banda around
Kyambogo university bar students from using electric appliances because they
consume a lot of electricity.
October last year, the World Bank released over
8.4 Billion to foster adoption of cleaner and more efficient cooking
technologies. The kind of fuel used around different households contributes
to the level of air pollution in Uganda, which government seeks to minimize.
A report by World Health Organization in 2018 on house hold pollution
shows that each year, close to 4 million people die prematurely from illness
attributable to household air pollution resulting from inefficient cooking practices