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Control of communal land belongs with the people

Communal land, vested under control of traditional leaders, chiefs and kings rather than individual owners, is one of the biggest obstacles to development, industrialisation and economic growth in Africa.
In most African countries, traditional leaders, chiefs and kings run communal land as if they own it, use it for patronage purposes, and punish those critical of them by depriving them of communal land rights.

To unlock Africa’s potential, giving communal land to individual owners should be the key pillar of land reform programmes.

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