Zambia - Local government



Zambia is divided into nine provinces (including the special province of Lusaka), administered by officials appointed by the central government. Each province is further divided into districts, presided over by district secretaries. Around 55% of Zambians live in towns and cities, giving Zambia one of the highest urbanization rates in Africa. Lusaka has a city council, and the other large towns have councils or town management boards; most townships, however, are directly administered by government officers. Local elections in urban areas are organized on a ward system with universal adult suffrage. Local urban authorities can levy taxes, borrow money, and own and manage housing projects. They control roads, water, power, town planning, health facilities, and other public services within their areas.

Administrative districts lying outside municipal and township areas are governed by rural councils, consisting of members elected by universal adult suffrage and a minority of nominated members, mainly chiefs, appointed by the under minister of the interior. Councils have evolved from the former native authorities, which were constituted on a tribal basis. The rural councils have frequently cut across African societal boundaries in order to establish larger and more viable units. The functions and powers of rural councils are similar to those of the urban local authorities.

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Sophie
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Feb 5, 2011 @ 1:01 am
The Local Governmentis under the ministry of local government and housing and there are three types of councils namely city,municipal and district councils and four city councils.
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Mar 14, 2011 @ 9:09 am
What are the problems facing local authorities in Zambia today and what are the roles of decentralization in the national development?
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Mar 17, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
How many local governments are there in Zambia? Thanks
nyasha nyatondo
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May 8, 2012 @ 6:06 am
DOES LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN ZAMBIA RECEIVE ANY GOVERNMENT TRANSFERS FROM THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT? AND IF IT DOES IN WHAT PROPORTION?. ARE THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN ZAMBIA AUTONOMOUS?.WHAT IS THE REVENUE SHARING SYSTEM LIKE?
makuba mufana
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Aug 8, 2012 @ 4:04 am
I would love to have copies of all the local govt acts and amendments since 1968 to date. thank you.
Mwati Kachindila
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Sep 10, 2012 @ 4:04 am
What are the powers of the local authorities in zambia
s.twaambo
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Oct 31, 2012 @ 9:09 am
what are the problems facing the local authorities in zambia. what are the advantages of decentralization
charles chikulu
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Nov 29, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
How does the council manage waste in the country if we see all rubish around the cities, Do they have a policy attached
Ndhlovu Lingson
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Feb 1, 2013 @ 9:09 am
I think that council should be empowered by law to be autonomous in order to be creative to find ways, creative ways of accumulating their own funds apart from those which are handed to them by central government so that they can fund certain of their own projects. This however, means that the federal system of government should be embraced in order to ensure that central govern has as little of interference as possible. In this way every council will be judged against another in terms of performance. When councils are autonomous and accountable for their own performance, they can plan strategically and fulfill these plan. They can then handle this issue of filthy towns and other observed shortcomings.
Chipili kapema
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Nov 25, 2013 @ 1:01 am
What is the importance of local government administration in zambia?Does local government administration matter in developing countries?

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