CHAPTER 97
REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Application.

   3.   Interpretation.

PART II
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AT REGIONAL LEVEL

   4.   Office of Regional Commissioner.

   5.   Functions of Regional Commissioner.

   6.   Functions delegated by the President.

   7.   Law and order powers of the Regional Commissioner.

   8.   The Regional Consultative Committee.

   9.   Functions of Regional Consultative Committee.

   10.   The Regional Secretariat.

   11.   Functions of the Secretariat.

   12.   The Regional Administrative Secretary.

PART III
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AT DISTRICT LEVEL

   13.   Office and appointment of District Commissioner.

   14.   Functions of the District Commissioner.

   15.   Law and order powers of District Commissioner.

   16.   The District Administrative Secretary.

PART IV
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AT DIVISIONAL LEVEL

   17.   Divisional Secretary.

PART V
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

   18.   Oaths by officers of Government.

   19.   Allocation of funds.

   20.   Administration of funds.

   21.   Regulations.

   22.   [Repeals.]

SCHEDULES

CHAPTER 97
THE REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION ACT

An Act to make provision for restructuring regional administration for the purposes of strengthening and promoting the local government system.

[28th June, 1996]
[s. 1]

Acts Nos.
19 of 1997
6 of 1999

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-3)

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Regional Administration Act.

2.   Application

   This Act shall apply in respect of the exercise of the executive functions of Government in every area of Mainland Tanzania.

3.   Interpretation Acts Nos. 27 of 1972; 6 of 1999 s. 92">

   (1) Except as is provided in subsection (2), all words and expressions used in this Act in relation to the local government system shall have the same meaning as is ascribed to them in the Act.

   (2) In this Act, unless the context requires otherwise–

   "the Act" means the Local Government (District Authorities) Act *, or the Local Government (Urban Authorities) Act *, as the case may be;

   "this Act" includes any subsidiary legislation made and in force under this Act;

   "appropriate authority" when used in relation to any act, appointment, dismissal, licence, permit, matter or other thing, means the person, committee or other body of persons permitted, required or in any other way made responsible by this Act for doing the act, making the appointment or issuing the dismissal, licence or permit or doing that other matter or thing;

   "area" when used in relation to any local government authority, means the area in which the local government authority is established or empowered by or under the Act or this Act to exercise jurisdiction in accordance with the Act in question;

   "Chief Executive Officer" means the Chief executive officer of a local government authority appointed pursuant to provisions of the Local Government Service Act *, and when used in relation to–

   (a)   any district authority, a District Executive Director or a Township Executive Director;

   (b)   any urban authority, a City Director, Municipal Director or a Town Director;

   "Constitution" means the Constitution of the United Republic;

   "Consultative Committee" means the Regional Consultative Committee established by section 9;

   "district authority" means a district council, a township authority or a village council;

   "District Commissioner" means the public officer appointed or deemed to have been appointed under section 15 of this Act;

   "effective date" in relation to any area of the United Republic or to any local government authority, means the date on which the Act comes into operation in relation to that area or, as the use may be, on which the local government authority is established;

   "the former Act" means the Decentralisation of Government Administration (Interim Provisions) Act;

   "local government authority" means any district authority or, as the case may be, urban authority;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for regional administration and local government;

   "public officer" has the meaning ascribed to it by the Public Service Act *;

   "Regional Commissioner" means the public officer appointed or deemed to have been appointed and carrying on functions in accordance with section 4;

   "urban authority" means a town council, a municipal council or a city council.

PART II
GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AT REGIONAL LEVEL (ss 4-12)

4.   Office of Regional Commissioner

   (1) There shall continue to be established under the Constitution in respect of each region the office of the Regional Commissioner.

   (2) Subject to the Constitution, every Regional Commissioner shall be a public officer and shall be appointed by the President in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

   (3) If during any period the office of Regional Commissioner is vacant or a Regional Commissioner is, owing to absence or inability to act from illness or any other cause, unable to exercise the powers or perform the duties of his office, those powers shall be had and may be exercised and the duties shall be discharged by the person appointed to act in that behalf for that region for that period or, if no such appointment is made, by the Minister responsible for regional administration.

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