The Requesters raise concern about works on the Lubigi Primary Drainage Channel financed under Second Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project(KIIDP-2). They allege that the project failed to include their community in its resettlement and compensation program. They explain that, under the World Bank’s reduced supervision during the COVID-19 lockdown, an attempt was made to forcefully evict Project-Affected Persons (PAPs) without compensation and in violation of the Bank’s safeguard policies. According to the Request, following interventions from PAPs’ advocates and the local council, the Requesters were then rushed through a resettlement process that did not follow due process. They also allege that this resettlement process was threatening and coercive. The Requesters explain that they are willing to move but require fair and adequate compensation and resettlement assistance to sustain their livelihoods.
The Requesters further raise a number of concerns related to impact from the First Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP-1) that they allege were never addressed – including damage to structures and crops that had been taken by force, increased flooding, and health and safety issues. According to the Requesters, community members had been informed that anything left unaddressed would be resolved under KIIDP-2, but they claim that this did not happen. The Request describes several areas of alleged actual and expected harm – including physical displacement, loss and disruption of family remains including burial sites, risk of food shortages, increase in the number of school dropouts, and impacts on children’s safety and welfare, and on women. The Requesters also allege inadequate information disclosure, a lack of meaningful consultation and participation and the failure to establish an adequate grievance redress mechanism. The Request includes several community demands focusing on the resolution of the above-described issues.
The Panel registered the case on July 26, 2021.