Land Injustice, Impunity and State Collapse in Uganda: Causes, Consequences and Correctives
80 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020
Date Written: 2017
This report provides an overview and critical framework for the HURIPEC project on Land Governance, which comprised studies on the Northern, Central and Western regions, plus an analysis of the legal regime governing land in Uganda. The analysis in the report is based on two fundamental points of departure, first, that there is a deep land crisis in the country, and secondly that it is a crisis intricately connected to the structures and methods of governance introduced with the advent to power of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government led by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. As such, land has become an intricate component of the networks of patronage, nepotism and neo-patrimonial governance which have been instituted since 1986. It is also a critical ingredient of the wider socio-political matrix of economic reform predicated on privileging large expatriate capital and international finance. The major conclusion of the report is that unless the governance crisis is resolved, very little can be done to change the conditions of land mis-governance, impunity and institutional collapse which are but manifestations of the wider problem.
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