13 June 2012

Tanzania: Some DCs Exercise Arbitrary Powers - MPA

Dodoma — MEMBERS of parliament on Tuesday claimed that some district commissioners were misusing their powers by detaining innocent people.

Ms Rose Kamili (Special Seats - Chadema) claimed in the House that some people in Maswa were detained for failure to collect goats to be given to the prime minister.

"Madam Speaker that is not a secret... some DCs are abusing their powers, you can be detained for failure to collect goats to be given to leaders as presents," the MP claimed. Answering the main question by Mr Sylvester Kasulumbayi (Maswa East - CCM), the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Mr Aggrey Mwanri, said regional commissioners and district commissioners were responsible for all government activities in their respective areas.

Mr Kasulumbayi had wanted to know why regional and district commissioners were often meddling in operations of local authorities. He said regional and district commissioners were officials of the central government and should leave councillors and district development directors operate freely.

Mr Mwanri said the law gives regional and district commissioners authority to supervise operations of all government activities in their respective areas.

Copyright © 2012 Tanzania Daily News. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.