Customary land law and the economic development of Uganda

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University of Dar es Salaam
The purpose of this dissertation is two-fold; first to examine the subject of customary land law in the light of other tenures existing in Uganda and giving the general outline of the nature and picture of the traditional land tenure; secondly, to appraise and criticise the traditional, system of land holding from the point of view of its defeats, incapacity, suitability and adaptability to the needs' aspirations and goals of economic development of Uganda. Indeed, a practical and possibly idealistic question we must endeavour to answer today in Uganda is what are the implications of the various declared economic policies to customary land tenure. Will the traditional tenure frustrate or facilitate the implementation of these policies? Can customary land law be adapted to, or harmonised with these policies particularly the principles of the Common Man's Charter. For purposes of empirical verification of our discussion and criticism of traditional land tenures the dissertation discussed the two experiments of adaptation of customary tenure in Uganda - the Mailo Scheme and the Pilot Scheme for Registrar of land titles in Kigezi.
Land tenure, Customary law, Law, Economic policy, Uganda
Obol-Ochola, J. Y. (1971). Customary land law and the economic development of Uganda. Masters dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at (