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

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Chapter 7

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Many persons in Uganda considered that the Public Land Decree of 1975 was the best attempt up to that point to solve the land issue in Uganda. But the law was never properly implemented. Between the date of its promulgation and the mid-1980s, there was almost constant civil war and no real commitment on the part of any government – and there were several – to apply the law. On the ground, there was a confused and chaotic operation of land tenure systems. This led to a multiplicity of land disputes, lack of security of tenure for those occupying land under customary tenure, the exclusion of women from land utilization decisions, widespread degradation of land due to unsustainable methods of resource use and encroachment ...

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