Land Management In Uganda

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Uganda in general and Buganda in particular, land is considered as a factor of production, is a crucial resource for transformation through business ventures and provision of public utilities, for agricultural production, housing and construction, industrialization and binds social and spiritual relations within and across generations. However, West mentions that the Ganda economy heavily depends upon agriculture, forestry and fishing. Land is the greatest source of subsistence and wealth that serves as a socio-economic asset. It is also important to note that land tenure refers to the manner in which land is owned, accessed, used and disposed of within a community. The land tenure systems of mailo, freehold, leasehold and crown land ownership that exist in Uganda today were established by the British during the colonial rule. Before colonial rule land tenure was basically governed by customary laws under a semi-feudal tenure system which differed from community to community and the rights were basically communal in Buganda and there existed as well the pastoral customary tenure systems in some parts of the country where grazing were regulated for benefits of all clan members. There was no single individual who owned land, every person and household had the right to access sufficient land for their subsistence. The peasants could move freely and often used this mobility to better their condition. Similarly, the Bakopi were not tied to the soil nor were they
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