COMPULSORY ACQUISITION OF LAND: THE NEED FOR ROBUST GOVERNANCE TO DELIVER PUBLIC INTEREST PROJECTS THROUGH LAND ASSEMBLY
There are two separate dimensions of fairness to consider whenever land is compulsorily acquired. These are: the basis for which the land is acquired, and the means by which those affected are compensated. This paper considers these two matters in the Ugandan context, and in
particular, with reference to the customary tenure system, as the dominant system (by land mass)
in Uganda. The paper reviews whether the legislative and governance framework for
compulsory acquisition in its current form can guarantee the fair acquisition of land for realizing infrastructure and public goods in Uganda. This is of particular relevance as the Ugandan parliament considers potential amendments to the constitutional principles of land acquisition.
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