Twerwaneho listeners club (lets struggle for ourselves) born of a history of isolated efforts on fundamental human rights is a local civic club bringing human rights activists together.
In 2006, a group of local human rights activists started a radio talk show “Twerwaneho” meaning lets struggle for ourselves on local radios; Voice of Tooro and Life FM aimed at awakening people to debate issues of governance and rights. The program stimulated people and started engaging in informal debates and raising questions on issues of democracy and governance in Rwenzori region.
As a result, the radio transmitter of 93.8 Life FM was violently burnt by armed men in broad day light at 1.00pm. This heinous act was allegedly master minded by the Tooro kingdom royals and local politicians as punishment to the radio owner for allowing open discussions on his radio. Police investigation was allegedly denied, several years after, the public has never heard of any police investigation report or official explanation of the crime that left communities inoculated with terror and fear.
The panelists and listeners of Twerwaneho and Nsonga ha Nsonga programs then constituted themselves into a human rights club “Twerwaneho listeners Club” and incorporated it as accompany limited by guarantee.
The TLC is structured with annual meetings, a board of directors, core staff, a team of volunteers and activists members.
In 2010, Twerwaneho listener’s club got its first donor funding from KIOS (The Finish NGO foundation for human rights) to implement a human rights project.
After two years the American organization National Endowment for Democracy funded another project to monitor and document human rights violations in the region. The two programs are still running to date.
After several years of human rights work, TLC has registered a lot of successes especially empowering local communities to openly engage in open debates, engage local leaders to account. All this happening in a hostile environment in the Rwenzori region outside the lime light in the capital Kampala.
Achievements have been well covered and documented in the media both in print and electronic media.
As a result of the above programs, Gerald Kankya, the team leader at TLC was recognized and awarded with a prestigious European Union Human Rights Defenders award in 2012, an award that recognizes an outstanding human rights defender in human rights work in the whole country.