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Land Law Reform in Eastern Africa: Traditional or Transformative? by Patrick McAuslan

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Chapter 10

Rwanda

 

 

 

In some respects, discussing the land reform laws of Rwanda is the most difficult of the tasks confronting this or indeed any writer surveying land reform policies laws and practices in Africa. This is quite simply because there are two diametrically opposed points of view about the reforms to land tenure in Rwanda: there is the official view on the reforms and the view of the critics. The official view points to the laws and the policies and official explanations of their purposes; the critics point to the hidden agenda, the ‘real’ thrust behind the reforms, an approach which tends to draw vitriolic criticism in turn from the government.

We must start off with the official position. Over the first few years of the first ...

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