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Title:The legal aspects of the 1900 Buganda agreement revisited
Author:Mugambwa, J. TamukeddeISNI
Periodical:Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law
Geographic terms:Uganda
Great Britain
Buganda polity
Abstract:In 1894 the Kingdom of Buganda was declared a British Protectorate on the basis of a treaty made with the King of Buganda. Six years later an Agreement was made between the chiefs of Buganda acting on behalf of the King (then a minor) and the people of Buganda on one side and Harry Johnston acting on behalf of the Queen of England, on the other. This paper examines the legal character of the 1900 Buganda Agreement. The hypothesis put forward is that, according to the prevailing view of the British administrators and their legal advisers, both in London and locally, the Crown's powers in Buganda were legally limited by the Agreement. Several areas are selected where the gravest doubt was expressed as to the nature and extent of the authority claimed by the Crown (legislative powers, matters relating to land and minerals, revenue legislation). The investigation is primarily based upon official correspondence, minutes, memoranda, and contemporary documents kept in London at the Public Records Office. Notes, ref.