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Title:Populism and Invented Traditions: The New Land Tenure Act of 1992 and its Implications on Customary Land Rights in Tanzania
Authors:Mvungi, Sengondo
Mwakyembe, HarrisonISNI
Periodical:Afrika Spectrum
Geographic term:Tanzania
land reform
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Politics and Government
Abstract:In 1992 the Tanzanian Parliament enacted a law to regulate land tenure in the villages which were established under the government's villagization programme in the 1970s. Aimed at resettling the country's rural population in large, planned settlements the villagization programme, officially called Operation Vijiji, displaced hundreds of Tanzanians from their land without adopting concomitant legal measures to provide for compensation or dispute settlement. With the political liberalization of the 1980s, original landowners began to seek legal redress against the government and some of them managed to regain their estates. The government responded by enacting the Regulation of Land Tenure (Established Villages) Act in December 1992. The aim of the Act was to empower the government of Tanzania to abolish customary land rights and to prohibit the payment of compensation, thereby preventing further court interventions against the villagization programme. Bibliogr., sum.