Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

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.

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