Monthly Archives: November 2014

Cry Uganda’s Children!

I was lucky to be borne while five of my paternal grandmothers (RIP) were still alive. They told us stories of how they had a collective responsibility for raising all their children. My father was breastfed by multiple mothers, the story goes. If one of my grandmothers for some reason was not able at a […]

Uganda’s Legally Sanctioned Ethnocide of Customary Tenure

“This status quo – land grabbing sanctioned by state law – is the root cause of raging land conflicts in Uganda – amongst families, clans and ethnic groups. Sadly, the Uganda National Land Policy 2013 embodies the hall marks of Uganda state law – undermining the first nations – thus it effectively facilitates land grabbing.” […]

Uganda’s Land Justice Practices Out of Sync with its Laws

“The Acholi-Madhavani Group case illustrated the complexities of the duality of Uganda’s land tenure: multilayered authority over land, disputes over ownership and the nature of user interests (Deininger and Castagnini, 2006; Fitzpatrick, 2005; Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, 2011; Mabikke, 2011). In essence, chaos is built within Uganda’s current land tenure systems: the […]

Uganda’s land law is like sausage, made out of the worst meat

“Uganda’s dualist land tenure system is a root cause of conflict over land use and ownership. The current land tenure laws facilitate land alienation, threaten livelihoods and contribute to food insecurity. Given the nature of land disputes in Uganda, reform is needed to move forward and develop a land tenure system that works for the […]

Celebrating Cultural Mothers As Well

When the state fails mothers bear the brunt and they gap fill