The great Buganda land grab of 1900

Regent Stanislas Mugwanya (centre) with other Buganda chiefs in the 1890s, during the reign of Kabaka Daudi Chwa II. Regents and chiefs were beneficiaries of land distribution following the 1900 Buganda Agreement that rewarded them for their collaboration with the British. COURTESY PHOTO.

What you need to know:

The agreement allowed an estimated 300 families of chiefs and other notables to take over more than half of Buganda’s productive land.

The 1900 Agreement might have given Buganda a privileged position in the Uganda Protectorate that it would continue to enjoy throughout colonialism but it was also the biggest land grab in contemporary history.


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