1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

   3.   Prohibition of organisations equipped to usurp functions of police, etc.

   4.   Prohibition of offensive weapons at public meetings and processions.

   5.   Prohibition of offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace.

   6.   Wearing of uniforms.

   7.   Offences under this Act to be cognizable.

   8.   General penalty.


An Act to provide for the preservation of good order at public meetings and to prohibit the maintenance of organisations capable of usurping the functions of the police, and for other purposes connected therewith.

[6th July, 1951]

Ord. No. 21 of 1951
[R.L. Cap. 304]

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Public Order Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context requires otherwise–

   "local authority" means a local authority or authority established under any Act;

   "meeting" means a meeting held for the purpose of the discussion of matters of public interest or for the purpose of the expression of views on such matters;

   "police officer" means any member of the Tanzania Police of or above the rank of constable;

   "private premises" means premises to which the public have access (whether on payment or otherwise) only by permission of the owner, occupier or lessee of the premises;

   "public meeting" includes any meeting in a public place and any meeting which the public or any section thereof are permitted to attend, whether on payment or otherwise;

   "public place" means any highway, public park or garden, any sea beach, and any public bridge, road, street, lane, footway, square, court, alley or passage, whether a thoroughfare or not; and includes any open space to which for the time being the public have or are permitted to have access, whether on payment or otherwise;

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