4. Compulsory Acquisition

A guide to compulsory acquisition and other alternatives.

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This is a brief 2 page overview of the pack which contains a set of 11 papers.
This pack is aimed to help public officials, NGOs and other stakeholders, who may wish to implement development projects or undertake public construction on private land.
This guide tries to provide clarity on the rules, present options on how to acquire land, and to make suggestions on preventing possible disputes. This guide can be used in all parts of the country, as the same laws and procedures apply everywhere.

Compulsory Acquisition pack

1. The challenges of finding land for development.

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Everyone recognises the rights of both sides – but it is not so simple to reconcile their competing needs.
It will never be possible to satisfy all competing interests, since resources (including land) are always limited. It is possible, though, to avoid unpleasant conflicts, mistrust, or situations where individuals lose everything and become destitute.


3. Understanding customary law.

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Most land in Uganda is owned under ‘customary tenure’. The law recognises customary ownership as being equal to ownership with freehold title. However, customary law is not the same as the law covering freehold land.