CHAPTER 206
WARD TRIBUNALS ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
WARD TRIBUNALS

   3.   Establishment of Ward Tribunals.

   4.   Composition of Tribunals.

   5.   Qualifications of members.

   6.   Tenure of office of members.

   7.   Role of appropriate authority in relation to Tribunal.

PART III
JURISDICTION, POWER AND PROCEDURE

   8.   General jurisdiction.

   9.   Particular matters of jurisdiction.

   10.   Pecuniary jurisdiction.

   11.   Reference of matters to a Tribunal.

   12.   Summons and date of hearing.

   13.   Appearance of parties.

   14.   Proceedings to be in public.

   15.   Proceedings before Tribunal.

   16.   Tribunal to pursue principles of justice.

   17.   Measures imposable by Tribunal.

   18.   Enforcement of measures of Tribunal.

   19.   Order of imprisonment and its endorsement

PART IV
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

   20.   Appeals from decisions of Tribunal.

   21.   Review and revisional jurisdiction of the Primary Court.

   22.   Hearing of appeals and exercise of revisional jurisdiction.

   23.   Decision on appeals or revision.

   23A.   Jurisdiction on land matters.

   24.   Records of Tribunal.

   25.   Inspection of Tribunals.

   26.   Public education of officers, etc.

   27.   Remuneration of members.

   28.   Offences.

   29.   Directions by the Minister.

   30.   [Revocations.]

SCHEDULE

CHAPTER 206
THE WARD TRIBUNALS ACT

An Act to establish Ward Tribunals, to provide for their jurisdiction, powers, practice and procedure and other related matters.

[1st July, 1988]
[G.N. No. 199 of 1988]

Acts Nos.
7 of 1985
12 of 1990
18 of 1995
Cap. 216

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-2)

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Ward Tribunals Act.

2.   Interpretation Act No. 18 of 1995 Sch.">

   In this Act unless the context requires otherwise–

   "appropriate authority", when used in relation to a Tribunal, means the district council or the urban authority within whose area the Tribunal is established, and includes any person appointed by the appropriate authority to perform any of its functions under this Act;

   "Chairman" means the Chairman of a Tribunal and includes a person appointed to preside at proceedings of the Tribunal;

   "dispute" includes any case where a person complains of, and is genuinely aggrieved by, the actions of another person, or any case in which a complaint is made in an official capacity or is a complaint against an official act;

   "member" means a member of a Tribunal, and includes the Chairman;

   "Minister" means the Minister for the time being responsible for local Government Authorities;

   "Tribunal" means a Ward Tribunal established under section 3;

   "urban ward" means any ward constituted under the jurisdiction of an urban authority;

   "village" means any registered village or Ujamaa Village registered or designated under the Local Government (District Authorities) Act *, or the Local Government (Urban Authorities) Act *;

   "village council" means a village council established under the Local-Government (District Authorities) Act *, or the Local Government (Urban Authorities) Act *;

   "ward committee" means a ward committee established under the Local Government (District Authorities) Act *, or the Local Government (Urban Authorities) Act *, for the ward in which the Tribunal is established.

PART II
THE WARD TRIBUNALS (ss 3-7)

3.   Establishment of Ward Tribunals

   There is hereby established a tribunal for every ward in Tanzania to be known as the Ward Tribunal for the ward for which it is established:

   Provided that the Minister may, by notice published in the Gazette, establish two tribunals for a Ward if he is of the opinion that there are special circumstances which make it necessary or desirable to do so.

4.   Composition of Tribunals

   (1) Every Tribunal shall consist of–

   (a)   not less than four nor more than eight other members elected by the Ward Committee from amongst a list of names of persons resident in the ward compiled in the prescribed manner;

   (b)   a Chairman of the Tribunal appointed by the appropriate authority from among the members elected under paragraph (a).

   (2) There shall be a secretary of the Tribunal who shall be appointed by the local government authority in which the ward in question is situated, upon recommendation by the Ward Committee.

   (3) The quorum at a sitting of a Tribunal shall be one half of the total number of members.

   (4) At any sitting of the Tribunal, a decision of the majority of members present shall be deemed to be the decision of the Tribunal, and in the event of an equality of votes the Chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to his original vote.

5.   Qualifications of members

   (1) No person shall be entitled to be nominated as a member of a Tribunal if he is–

   (a)   a member of the National Assembly;

   (b)   a member of a village council or a Ward Committee;

   (c)   a civil servant;

   (d)   a legally qualified person or any person who is employed in the Judiciary;

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