To: The World Bank Country Director for Uganda Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, the Lead World Bank Energy Specialist Vladislav Vucetic, the World Bank Task Team Leader of the ERT III Project that financed the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Addendum Raihan Elahi, the World Bank Lead Ecologist George Ledec, The World Bank Uganda Country Manager Anthony Thompson, The World Bank Global Practics Manager for Water Catherine Tovey, Senior Economist Sudeshna Gosh Banerjee and Program Leader for Sustainable Development Helene Carlson Rex. Please consider the points listed below, we wish to raise awareness of the hundreds of families along the White Nile who, due to lack of access to technology, are unable to make this plea for themselves.
1) Hundreds of Ugandans have received no compensation for their land that was flooded when Isimba dam was completed and the Kalagala Offset Area was flooded in November 2018.
2) Hundreds of Ugandans have received no compensation for their businesses that operated in the former Kalagala Offset Area and thus have no means of income generation.
3) Without proper compensation, these people will not be able to survive.
4) Many families living within the New Offset Area have been threatened with eviction from their land, also without compensation.
5) The people who need the most help and for whom these development projects are supposed to benefit have no voice, no power and the least ability to advocate for themselves.
6) The Inspection Panel from the World Bank visited communities and businesses impacted by the flooding of the Kalagala Offset Area in November 2018.
7) The Inspection Panel will be releasing a report of their findings and recommendations to be made to the World Bank board in late march 2019.
8) We ask that this matter is pursued, that full compensation is distributed to all affected, and that families within the New Offset Area are protected from eviction.