Tooro/Rwenzori Community Dialogues and Regional Corporate Accountability Platforms
From 15th to 17th June 2022, the UCCA together with its member Twerwaneho Listeners Club (TLC) organized a community Dialogue with the communities of Katwe Kabatoro and Kiganda who shared complaints regarding the negative impact the Lakes Edward and Albert Fishing (LEAF) II project has had on their livelihoods. The fishing restrictions arising out of the implementation of the LEAF II project have undermined fishing activities of the communities. There were also complaints about unclear licensing and unclear permitted tools for fishing and violence and intimidation due to militarization of the project. The communities with the help of TLC filed a complaint with the Independent Recourse Mechanism of the African Development Bank for compliance review. During the RECAP, the communities expressed their preference for problem solving from the Independent Recourse mechanism. It was expressed by some community members that Compliance review was only being used as a means to cover up failure to do adequate due diligence before project implementation. UCCA committed to assist the communities through the process of compliance Review and to ensure that recommendations are made for problem solving within the process.