The inheritance of land in Buganda

This paper attempts to describe the current practice governing the inheritance of land in Buganda. The inheritance of other kinds of property is not specifically dealt with, partly because the records, unlike those dealing with land, are not kept together at Mengo, and partly because it may be assumed that if a man leaves no land he is unlikely to have other property of value to leave. Every Muganda has to have a successor appointed; this is done at the ‘removing death’ ceremony. The successor takes the place of the deceased. However, he does not take all the property of the deceased. Usually he takes about half, the remainder is distributed among others, the heirs. The law relating to inheritance and succession is the Buganda Government’s Wills Law of 1916. The successor may be appointed successor by will. Furthermore there is an order, drawn up in 1926 and signed by the Kabaka, which did not receive the Governor’s assent and hence did not pass into law. However, its provisions are very closely followed in practice, and may be sais to have the force of custom.

Title: The inheritance of land in Buganda
Author: Southwold, M.
Year: 1956
Periodical: Uganda Journal (ISSN 0041-574X)
Volume: 20
Issue: 1
Pages: 88-96
Language: English
Geographic term: Uganda
Abstract: This paper attempts to describe the current practice governing the inheritance of land in Buganda. The inheritance of other kinds of property is not specifically dealt with, partly because the records, unlike those dealing with land, are not kept together at Mengo, and partly because it may be assumed that if a man leaves no land he is unlikely to have other property of value to leave. Every Muganda has to have a successor appointed; this is done at the ‘removing death’ ceremony. The successor takes the place of the deceased. However, he does not take all the property of the deceased. Usually he takes about half, the remainder is distributed among others, the heirs. The law relating to inheritance and succession is the Buganda Government’s Wills Law of 1916. The successor may be appointed successor by will. Furthermore there is an order, drawn up in 1926 and signed by the Kabaka, which did not receive the Governor’s assent and hence did not pass into law. However, its provisions are very closely followed in practice, and may be sais to have the force of custom.