CIVICS FORM 2 TOPIC 2:THE GOVERNMENT OF TANZANIA
CIVICS FORM 2 TOPIC 2:THE GOVERNMENT OF TANZANIA
THE GOVERNMENT OF TANZANIA
What is a government?
A government is the people and groups within a society with the authority to make, carry out and enforce laws and to resolve disputes within that society.
People in the government have the following duties:
-Carrying out laws
Types of governments
Categorization of governments is mostly based on the way of acquiring power. Some governments come to power through elections while others come to power by force. On this bases two types of governments exist.
A democratic government is the government that derives its power and authority from the people. A democratic government is obtained through a system agreed by all and enshrined in the national constitution.
For a government to be democratic, it must:
-Get its power from the people through fair and free elections
-Be based on the ‘rule of law’.
-Be based on the principle of separation of power; a system checks and balances.
-Honour the ‘Bills of Rights.
-Be based on the sovereignty of the people.
-Be based on the will of the majority and respect minority rights.
Advantages of democratic governments
Democratic governments have the following advantages:
*Involvement of the people. Democratic governments involve the people in the running of the government. The majority make decisions while being mindful of the minority.
*Honour of the Bill of Rights. Democratic governments guarantee the rule of law. This means that in democratic governments all people are equal before the law. Leaders and ordinary citizens are all treated equally before the law. No one is above the law.
*Holding competitive elections. As it has been said already, democratic governments come to power through the consent of the people. This is done through fair, free and regular elections.
*Guarantee of basic freedoms. Democratic governments guarantee basic freedoms to the people. Paramount among these are the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression.
NB: Democratic governments are important because they create an environment in which development can take place.
Non-democratic governments come to power without the consent of the people. Most of them come to power through ‘coup d’etats’ or through ‘vote rigging’.
Disadvantages of non-democratic governments
●In non-democratic governments, there is no involvement of the people in decision making.
●Non-democratic governments do not guarantee the ‘Bills of Rights’ to their citizens.
●In non-democratic governments the basic freedoms are suppressed. This leads to frequent violation of human rights.
Differences between democratic and non-democratic governments
This form of government is formed through democratic elections; fair and free elections
This form of government is formed through undemocratic means; power is obtained through elections that are not free and fair, coup d’etats, etc.
- In this form of government, there is freedom of association, speech, worship, etc
- In this form of government, there is no or limited freedom of association, speech worship, etc.
- In this form of government, there is rule of speech
- In this form of government, there is no rule of law
- In this form of government, power and authority of the state are divided among the three organs of the government; the Executive, parliament and the Judiciary
- In this form of government, power and authority are concentrated on the hands of a single or few persons
- In democratic governments, the constitution includes the Bill of human Rights
- The constitutions of non-democratic governments do not include the Bill of Human Rights
- A democratic government is there to listen and respond to the people also to deliver social services to them
- A non-democratic government is there to serve the interests of a single or few persons
Dominant forms of governments in the world
The forms of governments are divided on the basis of the way power is distributed among the government organs, decision making is done, and the government comes to power.
Taking into consideration of this, there are many forms of governments in the world. Some of them are listed and described below.
1. Monarchy Governments
In this form of government, the king or queen is the head of state and the position is hereditary. Monarchy governments are divided into two; constitutional monarchies and absolute monarchies.
In constitutional monarchies the king or queen is just a ceremonial leader; he/she has no executive power. The government is led by the prime minister. Therefore, the power of the king or queen is bound by a set of rules.
Examples of constitutional monarchies are Britain, Japan and Netherlands.
In absolute monarchies, the king or queen exercises state power. Examples are Saudi Arabia and the former Louis kings of France.
2. Republic Governments
In this form of government, the president is the leader of government and he/she is elected by the people. The president exercises power on behalf of the people. An example of a republic is the United Republic of Tanzania.
3. Federal Governments
In this form of government, the central government shares power with a number of small local governments. This government is formed when two or more states join. The states have their own governments but there is a central government which unites all states. Examples of Federal governments are the United States (USA) and India.
4. Union Governments
This is the government that results when two or more nations join and each nation surrenders its power to the Unitary government. Tanzania is an example of the country with a Unitary government.
5. Totalitarian Governments
In this form of government, there is only one political party and people are forced to do what the government tells them to do. Sometimes people are prevented from leaving the country. Examples are the governments of Hitler and Mussollini.
6. Communist Governments
This is the form of government in which the economy of the country is controlled by the central government. Business and farms are owned by the government. Healthcare, education and welfare are provided by the government. This form of government mostly results from an election or revolution.
An example of this form of government is the government of the former USSR.
7. Anarchy Governments (No government)
This is a situation in which there is no government. Anarchists believe that a government is a bad thing. They believe that governments stop people from organizing their own lives. This situation may arise due to civil war.
8. Revolutionary Governments
This is a form of government that results when the existing government is completely overthrown and a new government is formed. The newly formed government is a revolutionary government. The government of Zanzibar is an example of a revolutionary government.
9. Transitional governments
This is a form of government that is formed to govern for a certain period of time while waiting for a general election. An example of this form of government is the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo before the general election.
Importance of Governments
The importance of a government is obvious as we all know that absence of governments lead to many problems. A government has the following functions.
© The government maintains peace, security and order.
© The government is responsible for the provision of social services
© The government protects Human Rights
© The government is responsible for raising funds that are used to provide social services.
© The government is responsible for the creation and enforcement of laws.
THE GOVERNMENT OF TANZANIA
The central Government of Tanzania
- THE GOVERNMENT OF TANZANIA
- THE PARLIAMENT
- THE JUDICIARY
- THE EXECUTIVE
THE THREE ORGANS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF TANZANIA
The central government of Tanzania is responsible for taking care of the whole country.
The central government of Tanzania has three organs as illustrated in the diagram above.
The three organs are:
To execute means ‘to carry out or put into effect a plan, order, etc,.
The Executive of the government of Tanzania is the branch of government that has the responsibility of running the day-to-day activities of the country. It carries out plans and orders.
Structure of the Executive
The Executive consists of the following:
© -The president
© -The Vice President
© -The Prime Minister
© -The ministers
© -The permanent secretaries of the ministries (on behalf of the civil servants)
The cabinet consists of:
-The Vice president
-The prime minister
-The president of Zanzibar
The president is not a member of the cabinet but chairs the cabinet meetings. The cabinet is the chief advisor to the president.
Functions of the Executive
The Executive represents the state and exercises leadership in the formulation of policy
The Executive appoints designated executive and judicial officers of the government
The Executive implements the decisions of the other branches of government and thus translates into action the policies formulated.
The Executive provides services needed by the people
The president of the United Republic of Tanzania has is the head of state and the head of the Executive component of the government.
- The Union president is vested wit the following powers:
- To declare any emergency
- To declare war
- To detain any person for the sake of the country’s security and social order
- To order the deportation of a Tanzanian citizen or non-citizen for the sake of the country’s security and social order.
- To order the suspension of any publication from within and outside the country
- To punish people collectively
- To make international treaties in the name of Tanzania.
- To appoint people in positions of responsibility including members of the permanent commission of inquiry, the chief Justice and judges and members of the Electoral Commission
- To confer mercy to the convicted people
The word parliament comes from the word ‘parlement’. The word parlement is old French which means ‘speaking’. This means that the parliament is there to speak on behalf of the people.
The parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania is the legislative organ of the government. It is called the legislature as its main function is to enact laws.
The parliament consists of the following:
- The president
- Members of parliament
Members of parliament
Members of parliament make up the National Assembly. The president is not part of the National Assembly because he/she is not a member of parliament. This means that the president is part of the parliament but he/she is not an M.P. it is why he/she never participates in discussion when the National Assembly is in session. The prime minister represents the government business in the parliament.
Members of parliament are of the following four categories:
v Members elected to represent constituencies-one from each constituency
v Women members being not less than fifteen percent of the total elected members in a general election on the basis of proportional representation.
v Five members elected by the House of Representatives from Zanzibar
v 10 members appointed by the president
Leadership of the parliament.
The following are the leaders of the parliament:
-Speaker of the parliament – the head of the legislative branch
-Clerk of the parliament
-Two chair persons
NB: The speaker may be chosen from among the M.Ps or not from among the M.Ps. If he/she is not chosen from among the M.Ps, he/she must have the qualifications of an M.P.
Functions of the Parliament:
ü The parliament makes the laws of the country
ü The parliament approves the budget of the government
ü The parliament authorizes any long or short term plans intended to be implemented in the United Republic of Tanzania
ü The parliament ratifies agreements or treaties to which the government is part
ü The parliament oversees and advises the government and its organs
ü The parliament trains future leaders
The overall work of the parliament is to represent the voters in the parliament.
The Judiciary is the organ or branch of government that is entitled with the work of dispensing justice.
The Judiciary is made up of the Court of Appeal, the High Court, and the lower courts subordinate to the high Court.
The court is collectively manned by a personnel working in the legal system and the courts.
Officials in the legal system include the court clerks, magistrates, judges, state attorneys, advocates and court assessors.
The Judiciary is headed by the Chief Justice.
Functions of the Judiciary.
The Judiciary has a number of functions among them being:
-To provide justice
-To ensure compliance with the law
-To settle disputes among people
-To protect the rights of citizens
-To resolve constitutional disputes
Structure of the Judiciary
The Judiciary has levels from the grassroots to higher levels.
●The ward Tribunal (village or ward level)
This is formed by elected wise men and women of a village or ward to judicate on minor infractions of the law.
It has a chairperson and a secretary. The members are elected and therefore may know nothing about law.
Tribunals are used because there are too few primary courts.
●Primary Court (ward level)
This is the lowest court. The head at this level is called primary Court magistrate. The primary court magistrates are not lawyers. This is because they do not possess a university degree in law. For this reason, advocates are not allowed to defend the accused in primary courts.
●District magistrate’s court
This is the second level of the court system. It is headed by a law degree holder. At this level advocates can defend the accused.
●Resident magistrate’s Court
This is the third level of the judicial system. Magistrates serving at this level are law degree holders and have much experience as they are promoted after serving the district courts.
●The High Court
This is the fourth level of the judicial system. This level is served by judges. This level of the judicial system has the power to hear all types of cases including murder, felony and high treason.
●The Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal is the highest level of the judicial system. The Court of appeal hears cases forwarded to it by the High Court. The head of the court of appeal is the chief justice.
Court hierarchy in Tanzania
There are other special courts that deal with special cases and are not included in the hierarchy above.
- The special constitutional court
- The court system of Zanzibar
- The commercial court
- The Industrial court
- The city court
- The housing Tribunal
- The Chief Justice
The chief Justice is the head of the judicial system of the United Republic of Tanzania. He/she is appointed by the president of the United republic of Tanzania.
NB: The special constitutional court is not a permanent court; it only meets when there is a conflicting interpretation of the constitution between the two sides of the Union.
The function of the central government is the sum total of the functions of the Executive, the Parliament and the Judiciary.
Local government is a local authority that has some power over a small political and administrative area of the country.
In Tanzania, local government is created at different levels. The levels are as follows:
-The village government
-The ward government
-The district council
-The town council
-The municipal council
-The city council
Functions of the local government
A local government has many functions as it is the one that is closer to the people. The functions of a local government fall under two categories; the permissive functions and the mandatory functions.
Mandatory functions of a local government are those functions which a local government performs as a directive from the central government. Examples of mandatory functions are;
-Maintenance of law and order
-Promotion of social and economic welfare of the residents of the area
-Furtherance of social and economic development in accordance with the national policies and plans.
– Collection and proper utilization of revenue
-Making of by-laws for the implementation of national and local policies
-Consideration, regulation and co-ordination of development plans, projects and programs
Permissive functions of a local government are those functions which a local government may perform depending on need and availability of resources. Such functions include:
-Control or prescription of methods of husbandry or agricultural land
-Building, equipping and letting of shops and dwelling houses
-Establishment and maintenance of drainage systems
-Building and maintaining health centres and primary schools
-Charging fees for services and licenses.
Source of local government revenue
Local governments need funds to run the day to day activities of serving the people.
- Development levies
- Fines and licenses
- Subvention from central government
- Special contribution from donors
People participation in local government
The aim of establishing local government was to enhance people’s participation in the development process. People of an area can participate in the development process in many different ways. Some of the ways people can use to bring their development through their local government are:
- Debating and discussing issues of importance in the community and local government
- Working in the community in support of a particular cause
- Forming or joining community or grassroots’ organizations which have various goals such as improving the community,
- preserving the environment, protecting human rights and improving heath
- Attending political and community meetings
- Becoming leaders of a community organization or political party
- Paying required taxes, licenses and duties
- Being a productive member in the community
- Monitoring and criticizing local government activities
In democratic governments, people work with their government as partners in bringing development. If people do not participate actively in their local government, they might turn into subjects. The advantages of people’s participation are:
ü Participation ensures that the local government leaders do not abuse their powers
ü Participation keeps the local government informed of the wishes of the people
ü Participation involves the people in the governing of the country
ü Participation makes the local government make decisions that reflect the needs of the people
What is public service?
Public service is a government sector that gives services to the public or people. Examples of public service are hospitals, schools, revenue authorities, police and courts.
What is abuse of power?
Abuse of power is the use of power in such a way as to gain personal benefit at the expense of the public benefit.
An example of abuse of power is corruption. Another example is when a police official uses excessive power to stop people in a demonstration.
Abuse of power can be checked by the government in co-operation with the citizens. Many ways can be used to check abuse of power some of which are:
1. Accountability and transparency
Accountability means the government official have to be answerable for their actions. Transparency means openness on what is going on in the government and society.
2. Separation of power
Separation of power means power and authority should be divided among the three branches of government. Authority and power should not be concentrated in the hands of a single person or few individuals.
Publicity means free flow of information. Information should be accessible through the media. This enables the media to inform the people of abuse of power by officials.
4. Fair procedures
5. Public protector
There should be public protector’s office. The main function of the public protector is to hear people’s complaints about government officials.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT REVENUE
Local Government Revenue: – This is an income, which is raised by the local authority to pay for expenses like building markets and salaries.
The sources of local government revenue are:
Licenses sold by councils.
Rents – it charges people who rent in the houses, which belong to the local government.
Development levy collected from the male adults
UNION AND NON-UNION MATTERS IN TANZANIA
What are union matters in Tanzania?
Union matters are affairs, which are, governed by the union government between Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
Mention the list of union matters
ANS. The list of union is found on chapter 10 of the Republic. Those matters are:
- Constitution of Tanzania and the government of the united republic.
- Foreign matters – Which are matters between Tanzania and outside countries for example appointment of ambassador.
- Defense and Security – there is only one army in Tanzania.
- Citizenship – all peoples born on 26/04/1964 or after that period are citizens of Tanzania.
- External borrowing and trade.
- Services in the government of the united republic.
- Income tax paid by individual and corporations.
- Harbors, Matters, which relate to air transport, posts and telecommunications.
- Coins and currency like notes.
- Industrial licensing in the united republic.
- Higher education like universities.
- Mineral oil and natural gas.
- The national examination council sets exams for mainland and Zanzibar
- Air transport for civilians.
- Research on matters of the union.
- Forecast of weather.
- Statistics such as census.
- The court of appeal of the United Republic of Tanzania.
- Registration of political parties and all matters relating to political matters.
What are non-union matters?
Non-union matters are affairs which are governed by the revolutionary government of Zanzibar without cooperation from the union government.
The lists of non-union matters:
1. Health sector
2. Judiciary – for Zanzibar
3. Primary education, Secondary and Technical education.
5. Communication roads construction.
6. Tourism and all matters, which are not the list of union matters.
ABUSE OF POWER IN PUBLIC SERVICES
Definition of concepts:
(a) Public services are services which are given to the people by the government through the public affairs who are appointed by the president and civil servants who are workers of the government. Examples of public affairs are:
Ministers, Regional Commissioners, District commissioners, Local Authorities Directors, Councilors while civil servants are workers like teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, Accountants and Managers.
(b) Abuse of power – is the misuse of powers, which might be done by public and civil servants in the process of working for the government or giving services to the citizens. Example of abuse of powers could be:
– Using government money for their interest.
– Asking to be given bribes so as to offer services to the citizens.
Ways which can be used in the prevention of abuse of powers are:
– Public servants should be self disciplined, honest and truthfulness.
– The people should report such acts to the authorities because the abuse of power makes them buy their rights to be served by the government officials.
The government organs, which are used to prevent the abuse of powers, are
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NAME OF THE ORGAN
METHODS USED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF POWERS IN PUBLIC SERVICE
– Orders corrupt officials to be dismissed from their job.
– Demote the workers who become corrupt and abuse their powers.
– Passes the law to fight corruption
– Members of parliament require the government to fight against corruption.
– Sentences of officials breaking the laws on the delivery of services to public.
4. Commission for human right and good
– Inquires into actions which violet human rights.
– Report Officials who corrupt.
5. PCB (Prevention of Corruption Bureau)
– To arrest corrupt officials and take them to court.
– To investigate and take necessary steps to prevent corruption in government offices.
What is grafting?
It is corrupt action of getting money by misusing ones position as a public servant. E.g. stealing, making fraud and asking for money from citizens.
What is Patronage?
This is a practice where by a person that holds a public post gives a job or position to those who are politically faithfully to his political interests.
Definition of democracy.
Democracy is a political system in which the people of a country rule through any form of government they choose to establish. The word democracy comes from two Greek words: demos,” the people”; kratein, “to rule”. In modern democracies, supreme authority is exercised for the most part by representatives elected by popular suffrage.
So democracy is the rule of the people where by they have to participate in the governing of their country directly or through elected representatives.
– Another definition – was given by Abraham Lincoln, a president of USA from 1861 – 1865. He defined democracy as a government of the people and by the people and for the people
What are the two types of the democracy?
The two types of democracy are: –
a) Direct Democracy – it is democracy in which all citizens discuss the problems of their society and came to solution as a whole group. Direct democracy was working in small societies such as Greece.
b) Indirect or Representative Democracy – it is democracy in which people participate in the governing of their country through elected representatives or Member of Parliament.
What are the features (Elements) of democracy?
The features of democracy are: –
a) Rule of law can be explained from three points of views.
– One of those points of views is that – Rule of law is a situation whereby the law to govern should be bound the government.
– Secondly, every citizen in the country must be treated equally before the law.
– Thirdly – the court system must be independent in making decisions.
b) Bill of Rights/Human Rights – Must be respected by the government and should be written in the constitution. Examples of such rights are;
– Right to own property
– Right to vote
– Freedom of peaceful assembly
– Freedom of religion.
c) Multiparty democracy – A country must be having many political parties so that people can be allowed to participate in the governing of their countries through political parties, which check the government on power.
d) Separation of powers – Is the principal, which means that the powers of three organs such as the executive, legislature and Judiciary must be separated and independent of each other. The executive should govern and enforce law. Judiciary interprets the law and legislature makes the law without interfering activities of either organs.
Pillars of democracy are:
In addition to the features of democracy, they include: –
– Government by consent of the people – People have to accept before the government takes actions.
– Sovereignty of the people – means powers and authority of the government comes from the people.
– Majority rule – Means the views and decisions of many people have to rule while considering the minority views.
The weaknesses of indirect or representative democracy are: –
– Representatives may use their position to defend their own interest
– Representatives become a privileged group in the government more that other citizens do.
– Few people (Representatives) make decisions for many people.
– Narrows a chance for many citizens to participate directly in the governing.
MULTIPARTY SYSTEM IN TANZANIA
What is the meaning of the following concept?
a) Multipartism (Multiparty System) – is a system of having more than two legal political parties in the country. E.g. Tanzania has multiparty system.
b) Two party system – Is a system of having two powerful political parties e.g. U.S. – has Democratic Party and Republican; Britain has Conservative and Labor Party.
c) Single Party System – (Monopartism) is a system of having only one political party.
d) Political party – Is an Organization formed by a group of people who share common interests and goals of acquiring government control or state power.
When did multiparty democracy begin in Tanzania?
Multiparty democracy began during the time before independence.
Political parties were formed to struggle for independence.
TANU – Tanganyika African Union – 1954
UTP – United Tanganyika Party – 1956
AMNUT – All Muslim National Union of Tanganyika – 1959
ANC – African National Congress – 1958
In Zanzibar there were political parties such as:
ZPPP – Zanzibar and Pemba People’s Party – 1959
ZNP – Zanzibar nationalist Party – 1955
ASP – Afro Shiraz Party – 1957
UMMA party – 1963
The reasons which made Tanzania and Zanzibar ban multiparty democracy and introduce single party system in 1965 were:
a) Single party system under TANU in Tanzania mainland and ASP in Zanzibar would bring unity among the people.
b) Single party system supported Socialism and self-reliance in Tanzania
c) Single party system avoided imperialist agents.
Multi party democracy began again on 1st July 1992 because of the following reasons: –
a) People did not like single or one political party as it did not provide a chance for the growth of democracy. So, they needed multiparty democracy.
b) The developed countries like U.S.A. and Britain required the government to start multiparty democracy.
c) IMF and World Bank demanded the government to start multiparty democracy so as to give money in terms of loans.
The function of the Nyalali commission which was appointed by the President in 1990 was:-
– To move around the country to collect opinions from the citizens on whether they liked multiparty or single party democracy.
– Judge Francis Nyalali led this commission. The commission reported that 80% of the people liked single party democracy while 20% wonted multiparty democracy.
Political parties began immediately after the introduction of multiparty democracy in Tanzania are:
i) C.C.M – Chama cha Mapinduzi.
ii) CHADEMA – Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo.
iii) CUF – Civic united front.
iv) NCCR – Mageuzi – National Convention for Construction and Reform.
v) NLD – National league for Democracy.
vi) NRA – National Reconstruction Alliance.
vii) PONA-Popular National Party already banned by the government.
viii) TADEA – Tanzania Democracy Alliance.
ix) TLP – Tanzania Labour Party.
x) UDP-United Democratic Party.
xi) UMD – Union Peoples Democracy.
xii) UPDP – United Peoples Democratic Party.
xiii) TPP – Tanzania Peoples Party.
xiv) DP – Democratic Party.
xvi) DEMOKRASIA MAKINI.
Conditions which guide politics under multiparty democracy in Tanzania are:
i) The government must register political parties.
ii) Political parties should not intend to rule the country on the basis of religious belief racism and tribalism.
iii) Political parties should not break the Union.
iv) They should not use force to be on power.
v) They should be having at least 200 members who qualify to voters in ten regions of the United Republic out of which at least 2 regions should be in Zanzibar.
vi) Political parties, which existed before 5-2-1977, cannot be revived.
Advantages and disadvantage of multiparty democracy are:
Multiparty promotes democracy and human right e.g. right to freedom of association
The government becomes responsible because of criticism from opposition parties.
Brings competition during election.
It keeps the ruling party alert
People get divided on the basic of political inclinations.
Conflicts occur between political parties.
What is the meaning of a “constitution”?
– Constitution is a body of basic laws and principles by which a nation is governed.
– Tanzania has the constitution called Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania of 1977.
Important of the constitution in the country are:
– It spells out the rights of citizens in the Bill of rights e.g. right to equality.
– It shows the functions and power of the president.
– It shows the composition and function of three organ of the government such as the Executive, Legislature and judiciary.
– It expresses the means through which the leaders like members of parliament and president can be chosen.
Types of constitution are two. They include:
1. Written constitution – means the laws and principles written e.g. Tanzania’s constitution.
2. Unwritten Constitution – it is not written and exists in Britain.
– A country with unwritten constitution is governed through national conventions and parliamentary decisions.
Advantages of a Written Constitution are:
People can read it whenever they are doubt.
Brings disagreements in interpretation.
Disadvantages of a written constitution are:
Has got two much worlds and details.
Brings disagreements in interpretation.
Advantages of Unwritten Constitution are
It is very flexible and
Can adapt to changing situations.
Disadvantages of Unwritten Constitution are:
It is not visible (not seen).
It is not written.
Ways for making a democratic constitution are:
1. National constitutional conference – it to have to be attended by many people from the groups of people in the country such as workers, student, women and lawyers. Members discuss and show what they like to be in their constitution.
2. Constituent assembly-is the constitution making body. It has to be formed after the national constitutional conference and its work is to draft the constitution. Its members must come from the national conference.
3. Referendum-is the popular vote over the national issue. A constitution drafted by the Constituent Assembly should be taken to the referendum so that people can agree through their votes.
Pillars in the constitution of Tanzania are things or main provisions shown in the constitution. They are shown in 10 chapters of the constitution. They include:
1. The United republic of Tanzania as a multiparty state-chapter 1.
2. The Executive of united republic-chapter 2.
3. The legislature and its function-chapter 3.
4. The Revolutionary government of Zanzibar-chapter 4.
5. The high Court of the united republic.
6. The Commission for Human Right and Good Governance-chapter 6.
7. The finances of the United Republic and the way they should allocated- chapter 7.
8. Local government authorities-chapter 8
9. Armed Forces Police Prisons and National Services-chapter 9
10. Miscellaneous provisions, which show procedures to be followed by officials, would like to resign from offices established by the constitution.
Constitutional Amendment is the changes done to the constitution.
The Constitutional amendment in Tanzania can be shows as follows
(a) The Independence Constitution of 1961-regarded the queen to be the head of state.
(b) The Republic Constitution-1962-which stopped the queen to be the head of the state
Instead the president to be elected by the people had to become head of the state.
(c) The Union Constitution which was made after union between Tanganyika and
Zanzibar on 26-4-1964 that constitution was produced in 1965 and it was called
Interim Constitution because it had to govern the United Republic for a temporary
(d) The Permanent Constitution of Tanzania of 1977. This constitution replaced the
Interim constitution and several amendments have been done to that constitution as
shown to below:
– 1984-the president had to govern for 2 five years term.
– In 1992 multiparty democracy began.
– In 1994 president of Zanzibar stopped to be Vice –president in the United Republic of Tanzania
Which organ can amend the constitution in Tanzania?
ANS The organ that can amend the constitution is the PARLIAMENT which normally amends it by 2/3 majority votes.
Definition of the term Election
Is an act whereby citizens vote for their public leaders such as president members of parliament and local councilors through the casting of ballots.
The importance of an election in the country is:
– Gives the opportunity to the citizens to choose their leaders and political parties they want.
– Election is a peaceful way for who win to know that the people want them to be their leaders.
– Election is a peaceful way of transferring authority from one government to the next.
– Election reminds the leaders to be answerable to those people who vote for them to be in office
List down the types of election in Tanzania.
(1) General Election ; Is an election, which happens after 5 years and it, takes place all over the country General elections can also be sub divided as:
– LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION –is an election where by people choose local councilors to represent their ward to the District Municipal or Town Councils
– PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION –is an election in which people votes for the president to be the head of the state.
– PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION –election where by people vote for the members of parliament
– BY-ELECTION –Is an election which takes place in a constituency so as enable the people vote for the Member of Parliament, or local councilor to replace the one who passed away or resigned from the office
This election can be conducted in Tanzania after 2 years since the leaders got the office.
What are election conditions in Tanzania?
Election conditions are necessary rules which must be observed by the voters and the candidates during election.
Mention the conditions to be observed for one to be a candidate.
– He/ she must be a citizen of the United Republic of Tanzania.
– He/ she must be 18 years of age and above to participate in voting must have sound mind.
– He/she must not be under death sentence or under the sentence which exceeds 6 months.
– He/She must register so as to vote in only one constituency.
Mention the conditions to be observed by the candidates
– For presidential candidates he/she must be 40 of age and above, for parliamentary Candidates must be 21 years of age and above.
– Candidates must be members of political parties and nominated by them.
– Candidates must know to read English and Kiswahili.
– They must not have been imprisoned due to dishonest or guilt because of going contrary to the leadership code within 5 years before general elections.
What is the meaning of ‘free and fair elections’?
Free Elections – means that people should be free to vote and contest for the posts without being forced by the government or any group of people.
Fair Elections – means the elections should be admistered without favoring any political party, the voters should not be discriminated because of their race, religion or disability. Voters should get a chance to choose candidates secretly and the candidates should also get chance to organize public meetings and express their agendas and what they will do for the voters when they win elections.
Who is a candidate?
Is a person who contests for the post of president, members of parliament and local government during the elections.
Functions of the national electoral Commission “(NEC)” during elections are:
– To register the voters
– To locate polling stations
– To count the votes
– Declare or announce the results
What is a polling station?
A polling station is a place where people go to vote for their leaders.