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Land Law Reform in Eastern Africa: Traditional or Transformative? by Patrick McAuslan

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Chapter 5

Zanzibar

 

 

 

I turn now to examine and comment on the land law reform programmes of the seven countries discussed in this book. I will deal with the countries in the order in which they enacted their reformatory laws, starting with Zanzibar. Jones summarises the position by the early 1980s:

While the legal landscape (as compared to the British Protectorate) changed, the economic landscape remained as precarious as ever. The obligation of all occupiers of land grants from the Government or customary lands to cultivate crops according to Government production plans was not sufficient to avoid a food crisis.1

Törhönen provides the background to the development or the new land laws:

In the early 1980s the Government of Zanzibar started ...

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