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THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
(CAP. 2)

ARRANGEMENT OF CONTENTS

Article

Title

PREAMBLE
CHAPTER ONE

THE UNITED REPUBLIC, POLITICAL PARTIES,
THE PEOPLE AND THE POLICY OF SOCIALISM AND SELF RELIANCE

PART I
THE UNITED REPUBLIC AND THE PEOPLE

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Proclamation of the United Republic.
The territory of the United Republic.
Declaration of Multi-Party State.
Exercise of State Authority of the United Republic.
The Franchise.

PART II
FUNDAMENTAL OBJECTIVES AND DIRECTIVE
PRINCIPLES OF STATE POLICY

6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.

Interpretation.
Application of the provisions of Part II.
The Government and the People.
The pursuit of Ujamaa and Self-Reliance.
[Repealed].
Right to work, to educational and other pursuits.

PART III
BASIC RIGHTS AND DUTIES
The Right to Equality

12.
13.

Equality of human beings.
Equality before the law.

The Right to Life

14.
15.
16.
17.

The right to life.
Right to personal freedom.
Right to privacy and personal security.
Right to freedom of movement.

The Right to Freedom of Conscience

18.
19.
20.
21.

The freedom of expression.
Right to freedom of religion.
Person’s freedom of association.
Freedom to participate in public affairs.

The Right to Work

22.
23.
24.

Right to work.
Right to just remuneration.
Right to own property.

Duties to the Society

25.
26.
27.
28.

Duty to participate in work.
Duty to abide by the laws of the land.
Duty to safeguard public property.
Defence of the Nation.

General Provisions

29.
30.

Fundamental rights and duties.
Limitations upon, and enforcement and preservation of basic rights,
freedoms and duties.

Extraordinary Powers of the State Authority

31.
32.

Derogation from rights and freedoms.
Power to proclaim state of emergency.

CHAPTER TWO
THE EXECUTIVE OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

PART I
THE PRESIDENT

33.
34.
35.
36.
37.
38.
39.

President of the United Republic.
The Government of the United Republic and its Authority.
Discharge of business of the Government.
Authority to constitute offices and to appoint officers.
Discharge of duties and functions of President.
Election of President.
Qualifications for election of President.

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40.
41.
42.
43.
44.
45.
46.
46A.
46B.

Eligibility for re-election.
Procedures for the election of President.
Time of assumption and term of office of President.
Terms of office of President.
Power to declare war.
Prerogative of mercy.
Immunity from criminal and civil proceedings.
Impeachment by the National Assembly.
Duty of principal leaders of organs with executive powers to preserve
the Union.

PART II
THE VICE-PRESIDENT

47.
48.
49.
50.

Vice-President, his duties and powers.
Time of assumption of office of Vice-President.
Oath of the Vice-President.
Tenure of office of Vice-President.

PART III
PRIME MINISTER, CABINET AND THE GOVERNMENT

PRIME MINISTER

51.
52.
53.
53A.

Prime Minister of the United Republic.
Functions and authority of the Prime Minister.
Accountability of the Executive.
Vote of no confidence.

THE CABINET AND THE GOVERNMENT

54.
55.
56.
57.
58.
59.
59A.
59B.
60.
61.

The Cabinet.
Appointment of Ministers and Deputy Ministers.
Oath of office of Ministers and Deputy Ministers.
Tenure of office of Ministers and Deputy Ministers.
Terms of office of Ministers and Deputy Ministers.
Attorney General for the Government of the United Republic.
Deputy Attorney General.
Director of Public Prosecutions.
Secretary to the Cabinet.
Regional Commissioners.

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CHAPTER THREE
THE LEGISLATURE OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

PART I
PARLIAMENT

62.
63.
64.
65.

Parliament.
Authority of Parliament.
Legislative power.
Life of Parliament.

PART II
MEMBERS, CONSTITUENCIES AND ELECTION OF MEMBERS

66.
67.
68.
69.

Members of Parliament.
Qualifications for Member of Parliament.
Oath of Members of Parliament.
Formal declaration by Members of Parliament concerning ethics of
leaders.
Members to submit statement of property.
Tenure of office of Member of Parliament.
Cessation of employment of public servants on contesting for elections.
Terms of service of Members of Parliament.
Electoral Commission.
Constituencies.

70.
71.
72.
73.
74.
75.

Election and Appointment of Members of Parliament

76.
77.

Elections in constituencies.
Procedure for election of Members of Parliament representing
constituencies.
Procedure for election of women Members of Parliament.
Procedure for election of Members of Parliament by House of
Representatives.
[Repealed].
Procedure for proposing women candidates.
[Repealed].
Determination of the validity of a person’s membership of the
Parliament.

78.
79.

80.
81.
82.
83.

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PART III
PROCEDURE, POWERS AND PRIVILAGES OF PARLIAMENT

Speaker and Deputy Speaker

84.
85.
86.

Speaker and his functions.
Deputy Speaker.
Procedure for electing Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

Office of Parliament

87.
88.

Clerk of the National Assembly.
The Secretariat of the National Assembly.

Procedure in the National Assembly

89.
90.
91.
92.
93.
94.
95.
96.

Standing Orders of the National Assembly.
Summoning and dissolution of Parliament.
President may address Parliament.
Meetings of the National Assembly.
Presiding at sittings of the National Assembly.
Quorum at sittings of the National Assembly.
Vacant seats in the National Assembly.
Standing Committees of the National Assembly.

Legislative Procedure

97.
98.
99.

How to legislate.
Procedure for altering the Constitution and certain laws.
Procedure for legislating in financial matters.

Powers and Privileges of Parliament

100.
101.

Freedom and immunity from proceedings.
Preservation and enforcement of freedom of debate and procedure.

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CHAPTER FOUR
THE REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT OF
ZANZIBAR, THE ZANZIBAR REVOLUTIONARY
COUNCIL AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
OF ZANZIBAR

PART I
THE REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT OF ZANZIBAR
AND THE PRESIDENT OF ZANZIBAR

102.
103.
104.

The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and its jurisdiction.
Head of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and his authority.
Election of the Head of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.

PART II
THE ZANZIBAR
REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL

105.

The Zanzibar Revolutionary Council and its functions.

PART III
THE HOUSE OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF ZANZIBAR

106.
107.

The House of Representatives of Zanzibar and its legislative functions.
Authority of House of Representatives.

CHAPTER FIVE
DISPENSATION OF JUSTICE IN THE UNITED REPUBLIC

THE HIGH COURT OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC, THE JUDICIAL
SERVICE COMMISSION FOR MAINLAND TANZANIA, THE HIGH
COURT OF ZANZIBAR, THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE
UNITED REPUBLIC AND THE SPECIAL CONSTITUTIONAL
COURT OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

PART I
DISPENSATION OF JUSTICE IN THE UNITED REPUBLIC

107A
107B.

Authority of dispensing of Justice.
Independence of the Judiciary.

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PART II
THE HIGH COURT OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

108.
109.
110.
111.

High Court of the United Republic and its jurisdiction.
Judges of the High Court and their appointment.
Tenure of office of Judges of the High Court.
Judges’ oath of office.

PART III
THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION

112.
113.
113A

Judicial Service Commission.
Powers and functions of the Commission.
Membership in political parties.

PART IV
THE HIGH COURT OF ZANZIBAR

114.
115.

The High Court of Zanzibar.
Jurisdiction of the High Court of Zanzibar.

PART V
THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

116.
117.
118.
119.
120.
120A
121.
122.
123.

Interpretation.
Court of Appeal of the United Republic and its jurisdiction.
Chief Justice and Justices of Appeal and their appointment.
Jurisdiction of Justices of Appeal.
Tenure of office of Justices of Appeal.
Procedures relating to discipline of Justices of Appeal.
Oath of office of Justices of Appeal.
Quorum at sittings of the Court of Appeal.
Jurisdiction of a single Justice of Appeal.

PART VI
PROCEDURE FOR SERVICE OF NOTICES AND EXECUTION
OF ORDERS ISSUED BY THE COURTS

124.

Execution of court orders in the whole of Tanzania.

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PART VII
THE SPECIAL CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF
THE UNITED REPUBLIC

125.
126.
127.
128.

Special Constitutional Court of the United Republic.
Jurisdiction of the Special Constitutional Court.
Composition of the Special Constitutional Court.
Procedure at sittings of the Special Constitutional Court.

CHAPTER SIX
THE COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND GOOD
GOVERNANCE AND THE PUBLIC LEADERS’ ETHICS SECRETARIAT

PART I
THE COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

129.
130.
131.

Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance.
Functions of the Commission and performance procedures.
Powers of the Commission and procedures for performance of
functions.

PART II
PUBLIC LEADERS’ ETHICS SECRETARIAT

132.

Public Leaders’ Ethics Secretariat.

CHAPTER SEVEN
PROVISIONS REGARDING THE FINANCES OF
THE UNITED REPUBLIC

PART I
CONTRIBUTION AND ALLOCATION OF THE REVENUE
OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

133.
134.

Joint Finance Account.
Joint Finance Commission.

PART II
THE CONSOLIDATED FUND AND THE
FINANCES OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

135.
136.
137.
138.
139.

Consolidated Fund of the Government of the United Republic.
Conditions for withdrawal of moneys from Consolidated Fund.
Procedure for authorising expenditure out of Consolidated Fund.
Conditions of taxation.
Procedure for authorisation of expenditure in advance of appropriation.

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140.
141.
142.

Contingencies Fund and virement.
Public Debt.
Remuneration of certain holders of public offices to be a charge on
Consolidated Fund.
Controller and Auditor-General of the United Republic.
Removal from office of Controller and Auditor-General.

143.
144.

CHAPTER EIGHT
PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

145.
146.

The local government authorities.
Functions of local government authorities.

CHAPTER NINE
ARMED FORCES

147.
148.

Prohibition to raise and maintain armed forces.
Powers of Commander-in-Chief.

CHAPTER TEN
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

149.

Provisions relating to resignation from various offices established by
this Constitution.
Provisions relating to procedure of succession to office in Government
service.
Interpretation.
Title, commencement and application of this Constitution.
______
FIRST SCHEDULE
_______

150.

151.
152.

[Union Matters]
______
SECOND SCHEDULE
______

List one
(Laws the amendment of which requires to be supported by at least two – thirds of all
Members of Parliament).

List two

(Matters the amendment of which requires to be supported by two-thirds of all Members
of Parliament from Mainland Tanzania and two-thirds of all Members of Parliament from
Tanzania Zanzibar).

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THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC
OF TANZANIA, 1977

Cap.500 [1965 Edition]
Cap 598 [1965 Edition]
Act Nos
14 of 1979
1 and 28 of 1980
21 of 1982
15 of 1984
14 and 16 of 1990
4 and 20 of 1992
7 of 1993
7 and 34 of 1994
12 of 1995
3 of 2000
1 of 2005
G.N.No.133 of 2001
G.N.No.150 of 2005

Act No.15
of 1984
Art.3

PREAMBLE
FOUNDATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION

WHEREAS WE, the people of the United Republic of Tanzania, have
firmly and solemnly resolved to build in our country a society founded on the
principles of freedom, justice, fraternity and concord:

AND WHEREAS those principles can only be realised in a democratic
society in which the Executive is accountable to a Legislature composed of
elected members and representative of the people, and also a Judiciary which is
independent and dispenses justice without fear or favour, thereby ensuring that all
human rights are preserved and protected and that the duties of every person are
faithfully discharged:

NOW, THEREFORE, THIS CONSTITUTION IS ENACTED BY THE
CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA,
on behalf of the People, for the purpose of building such a society and ensuring
that Tanzania is governed by a Government that adheres to the principles of
democracy and socialism and shall be a secular state.

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Act No.15
of 1984
Art.5

CHAPTER ONE
THE UNITED REPUBLIC, POLITICAL PARTIES, THE PEOPLE
AND THE POLICY OF SOCIALISM AND SELF-RELIANCE

PART I
THE UNITED REPUBLIC AND THE PEOPLE

1. Tanzania is one State and is a sovereign United Republic.

Proclamation
of the United
Republic
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

The territory of
the United
Republic

Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.3

2.-(1) The territory of the United Republic consists of the whole of the
area of mainland Tanzania and the whole of the area of Tanzania Zanzibar, and
includes the territorial waters.
(2) For the purpose of the efficient discharge of the functions of the
Government of the United Republic or of the Revolutionary Government of
Zanzibar, the President may, in accordance with the procedures prescribed by law
or provisions of such law as may be enacted by Parliament, divide the United
Republic into regions, districts and other areas:
Provided that the President shall first consult with the President of
Zanzibar before dividing Tanzania Zanzibar into regions, districts or other areas.

3.-(1) The United Republic is a democratic, secular and socialist state
which adheres to multi-party democracy.
(2)
All matters pertaining to the registration and administration of
political parties in the United Republic shall be governed by the provisions of this
Constitution and of a law enacted by Parliament for that purpose.

Declaration of
multiparty state
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.5
Act No.1
of 2005
Art. 4

Exercise of
state authority
of the United
Republic
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.5

4.-(1) All state authority in the United Republic shall be exercised and
controlled by two organs vested with executive powers, two organs vested with
judicial powers and two organs vested with legislative and supervisory powers
over the conduct of public affairs.
(2) The organs vested with executive powers shall be the Government of
the United Republic and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar; the organs
vested with judicial powers shall be the Judiciary of the United Republic and the
Judiciary of the Revolutionary government of Zanzibar; and the organs vested
with legislative and supervisory powers over public affairs shall be the Parliament
of the Untied Republic and the House of Representatives.
(3) For the purposes of the efficient conduct of public affairs in the
United Republic and for the allocation of powers among the organs specified in
this Article, there shall be Union Matters as listed in the First Schedule and there

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The franchise
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.4

Interpretation
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

Application of
provisions of
Part II
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

shall also be non-union maters which are all other matters not so listed.
(4) Each organ specified in this Article shall be established and shall
discharge its functions in accordance with the other provisions of this
Constitution.

5.-(1) Every citizen of the Untied Republic who has attained the age of
eighteen years is entitled to vote in any election held in Tanzania. This right shall
be exercised in accordance with the sub article (2), and of the other provisions of
this Constitution and the law for the time being in force in Tanzania in relation to
public elections.
(2) Parliament may enact a law imposing conditions restricting a citizen
from exercising the right to vote by reason of any of the following grounds:
(a)
being a citizen of another state;
(b)
being mentally infirm;
(c)
being convicted of certain specified criminal offences;
(d)
omission or failure to prove or to produce evidence as to age,
citizenship or registration as a voter.
Except for these grounds no other grounds shall disqualify a citizen from
exercising the right to vote.
(3) Parliament shall enact electoral law to provide for the following:
(a)
the establishment of a permanent voters register and prescribing the
procedure for its amendment or updating information contained in
that register;
(b)
specification of places and times for the registration of voters and
for voting;
(c)
procedure and conditions for enabling a person registered as a voter
in one place to vote in another;
(d)
specification of the duties and functions of the Electoral
Commission and the procedure for every election which shall be
conducted under the direction and supervision of the Electoral
Commission.

PART II
FUNDAMENTAL OBJECTIVES AND DIRECTIVE
PRINCIPLES OF STATE POLICY

6. In this Part of this Chapter, unless the context requires otherwise:-
the Government includes the Government of the United Republic, the
Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, local government authorities and any
person who exercises power or authority on behalf of either “Government”.

7.-(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of subarticle (2), it shall be the duty
and responsibility of the Government, all its organs and all persons or authorities
exercising executive, legislative or judicial functions to take cognizance of,
observe and apply the provisions of this Part of this Chapter.
(2) The provisions of this Part of this Chapter are not enforceable by any

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The
Government
and the People
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

The pursuit of
Ujamaa and
Self-Reliance
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.6

court. No court shall be competent to determine the question whether or not any
action or omission by any person or any court, or any law or judgment complies
with the provisions of this Part of this Chapter.

8.-(1) The United Republic of Tanzania is a state which adheres to the
principles of democracy and social justice and accordingly -
(a)
sovereignty resides in the people and it is from the people that the
Government through this Constitution shall derive all its power and
authority;
(b)
the primary objective of the Government shall be the welfare of the
people;
(c)
the Government shall be accountable to the people; and
(d)
the people shall participate in the affairs of their Government in
accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.
(2) The structure of the Government of the United Republic and the
Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar or any of their organs, and the discharge
of their functions shall be so effected as to take into account the unity of the
United Republic and the need to promote national unity and preserve national
dignity.

9. The object of this Constitution is to facilitate the building of the United
Republic as a nation of equal and free individuals enjoying freedom, justice,
fraternity and concord, through the pursuit of the policy of Socialism and Self
Reliance which emphasizes the application of socialist principles while taking into
account the conditions prevailing in the United Republic. Therefore, the state
authority and all its agencies are obliged to direct their policies and programmes
towards ensuring -

(a)

(b)
(c)

(d)

(e)

(f)

(g)

(h)

(i)

that human dignity and other human rights are respected and
cherished;
that the laws of the land are upheld and enforced;
that activities of the Government are conducted in such a way as to
ensure that the national wealth and heritage are harnessed,
preserved and applied for the common good and also to prevent the
exploitation of one person by another;
that the national economy is planned and promoted in a balanced
and integrated manner;
that every person who is able to work does work, and work means
any legitimate activity by which a person earns a living;
that human dignity is preserved and upheld in accordance with the
spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
that the Government and all its agencies accord equal opportunities
to all citizens, men and women alike without regard to their colour,
tribe, religion, or station in life;
that all forms of injustice, intimidation, discrimination, corruption,
oppression or favouritism are eradicated;
that the use of national wealth places emphasis on the development

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(j)

(k)

of the people and in particular is geared towards the eradication of
poverty, ignorance and disease;
that economic activities are not conducted in a manner that may be
result in the concentration of wealth or the major means of
production in the hands of a few individuals;
that the country is governed according to the principles of
democracy and socialism.

Status and
authority of the
Part.

Right to work,
to educational
and other
pursuits
Act No.15 of
1984
Art.6

10. [Repealed by Act No.4 of 1992].

11.-(1) The state authority shall make appropriate provisions for the
realization of a person’s right to work and access to education, the right to receive
assistance from the community at times of old age, sickness or infirmity and in
other cases of disability.
(2) Every person has the right to access education, and every citizen shall
be free to pursue education in a field or his choice up to pursue education of his
choice to his merit and ability, the highest level according to his merits and ability.
(3) Every person has the right to access of education and every citizen
shall be free to pursue education and technique.

PART III
BASIC RIGHTS AND DUTIES

The Right to Equality

Equality of
human beings
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

Equality before
the law

Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.8

Act No.7
of 1994
Art. 8(1)(k)

Act No.3
of 2000
Art.5

12.-(1) All human beings are born free, and are all equal.
(2) Every person is entitled to recognition and respect for his dignity.

13.-(1) All persons are equal before the law and are entitled, without any
discrimination, to protection and equality before the law.
(2) No law enacted by any authority in the United Republic shall make
any provision that is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect.

(3) The civic rights, duties and interests of every person and community
shall be protected and determined by the courts of law or other state agencies
established by or under the law.
(4)
No person shall be discriminated against by any person or any
authority acting under any law or in the discharge of the functions or business of
any state office.
(5) For the purposes of this Article the expression “discriminate” means
to satisfy the needs, rights or other requirements of different persons on the basis
of their nationality, tribe, place of origin, political opinion, colour, religion, sex or
station in life such that certain categories of people are regarded as weak or

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inferior and are subjected to restrictions or conditions whereas persons of other
categories are treated differently or are accorded opportunities or advantage
outside the specified conditions or the prescribed necessary qualifications except
that the word “discrimination” shall not be construed in a manner that will
prohibit the Government from taking purposeful steps aimed at rectifying
disabilities in the society.
(6) To ensure equality before the law, the state authority shall make
procedures which are appropriate or which take into account the following
principles, namely:
(a)
when the rights and duties of any person are being determined by
the court or any other agency, that person shall be entitled to a fair
hearing and to the right of appeal or other legal remedy against the
decision of the court or of the other agency concerned;
(b)
no person charged with a criminal offence shall be treated as guilty
of the offence until proved guilty of that offence;
(c)
no person shall be punished for any act which at the time of its
commission was not an offence under the law, and also no penalty
shall be imposed which is heavier than the penalty in force at the
time the offence was committed;
(d)
for the purposes of preserving the right or equality of human
beings, human dignity shall be protected in all activities pertaining
to criminal investigations and process, and in any other matters for
which a person is restrained, or in the execution of a sentence;
(e)
no person shall be subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading
punishment or treatment.

The Right to Life

Right to life
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

Right to
personal
freedom
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

14. Every person has the right to live and to the protection of his life by
the society in accordance with the law.

15.-(1) Every person has the right to freedom and to live as a free person.
(2) For the purposes of preserving individual freedom and the right to live
as a free person, no person shall be arrested, imprisoned, confined, detained,
deported or otherwise be deprived of his freedom save only-

(a)

(b)

under circumstances and in accordance with procedures prescribed
by law; or
in the execution of a judgment, order or a sentence given or passed
by the court following a decision in a legal proceeding or a
conviction for a criminal offence.

Right to
privacy and
personal
security

16.-(1) Every person is entitled to respect and protection of his person,
the privacy of his own person, his family and of his matrimonial life, and respect
and protection of his residence and private communications.

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Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

Right to
freedom of
movement
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

(2) For the purpose of preserving the person’s right in accordance with
this Article, the state authority shall lay down legal procedures regarding the
circumstances, manner and extent to which the right to privacy, security of his
person, his property and residence may be encroached upon without prejudice to
the provisions of this Article.

17.-(1) Every citizen of the United Republic has the right to freedom of
movement in the United Republic and the right to live in any part of the United
Republic, to leave and enter the country, and the right not to be forced to leave or
be expelled from the United Republic.
(2) Any lawful act or any law which is intended to -
(a)
curtail a person’s freedom of movement and to restrain or imprison
him; or
(b)
limit a person from exercising his freedom of movement so as to -
(i)
execute a judgment or court order; or
(ii)
compel a person first to comply with any obligations
arising under another law; or
(iii) protect public interest in general or preserve certain
special interest or interests of a certain section of the
public,
such act or law shall not be construed or be held to be repugnant to or
inconsistent with the provisions of this Article.

The Right to Freedom of Conscience

Freedom of
expression

Act No.1
of 2005
Art.6

Right of
freedom of
religion
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.9
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.6

18. Every person -
(a)
has a freedom of opinion and expression of his ideas;
(b)
has out right to seek, receive and, or disseminate information
regardless of national boundaries;
(c)
has the freedom to communicate and a freedom with protection
from interference from his communication;
(d)
has a right to be informed at all times of various important events
of life and activities of the people and also of issues of importance
to the society.

19.-(1) Every person has the right to the freedom to have conscience, or
faith, and choice in matters of religion, including the freedom to change his
religion or faith.

(2) Protection of rights referred to in this Article shall be in accordance
with the provisions prescribed by the laws which are of importance to a
democratic society for security and peace in the society, integrity of the society
and the national coercion.

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Person’s
freedom of
association
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.7

Freedom to
participate in
public affairs
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.4

(3) In this Article reference to the term “religion” shall be construed as
including reference to religious denominations, and cognate expressions shall be
construed accordingly.

20.-(1) Every person has a freedom, to freely and peaceably assemble,
associate and cooperate with other persons, and for that purpose, express views
publicly and to form and join with associations or organizations formed for
purposes of preserving or furthering his beliefs or interests or any other interests.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subarticles (1) and (4), it shall not
be lawful for any political party to be registered which according to its
constitution or policy -
(a)
aims at promoting or furthering the interests of -
(i)
any faith or religious group;
(ii)
any tribal group, place of origin, race or gender;
(iii) only a particular area within any part of the United
Republic;
(b)
advocates for the break-up of the United Republic;
(c)
accepts or advocates for the use of the force or violent
confrontation as means of attaining its political goals;
(d)
advocates or intends to carry on its political activities in only one
part of the United Republic;
(e)
does not permit periodic and democratic election of its leaders.
(3) Parliament may enact legislation which makes provisions for ensuring
that political parties operate within the limits and adhere to the conditions set out
in subarticle (2) concerning the freedom and the right of persons to associate and
assemble.
(4) It shall be unlawful for any person to be compelled to join any
association or organization, or for any association or any political party to be
refused registration on grounds solely the ideology or philosophy of that political
party.

21.-(1)
Subject to the provisions of Article 39, 47 and 67 of this
Constitution and of the laws of the land in connection with the conditions for
electing and being elected or for appointing and being appointed to take part in
matters related to governance of the country, every citizen of the United Republic
is entitled to take part in matters pertaining to the governance of the country,
either directly or through representatives freely elected by the people, in
conformity with the procedures laid down by, or in accordance with, the law.
(2) Every citizen has the right and the freedom to participate fully in the
process leading to the decision on matters affecting him, his well-being or the
nation.

The Right to Work

Right to work

22.-(1) Every person has the right to work.

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Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

Right to just
remuneration
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

Right to own
property
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.9

(2) Every citizen is entitled to equal opportunity and right to equal terms
to hold any office or discharge any function under the state authority.

23.-(1)
Every person, without discrimination of any kind, is entitled to
remuneration commensurate with his work, and all persons working according to
their ability shall be remunerated according to the measure and qualification for
the work.
(2) Every person who works is entitled to just remuneration.

24.-(1) Every person is entitled to own property, and has a right to the
protection of his property held in accordance with the law.
(2) Subject to the provisions of subarticle (1), it shall be unlawful for any
person to be deprived of his property for the purposes of nationalization or any
other purposes without the authority of law which makes provision for fair and
adequate compensation.

Duties to the Society

Duty to
participate in
work
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6
Act No. 7
of 1994
Art.8(1)(k)

25.-(1) Work alone creates the material wealth in society, and is the
source of the well-being of the people and the measure of human dignity.
Accordingly, every person has the duty to –
(a)
participate responsibly and honestly in lawful and productive work;
and
(b)
observe work discipline and strive to attain the individual and
collective production targets desired or set by law.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subarticle (1), there shall be no
forced labour in the United Republic.
(3) For the purposes of this Article, and in this Constitution generally, it
is hereby declared that no work shall be deemed to be forced, cruel or humiliating
labour, if such work is according to law -
(a)
work which has to be done pursuant to a judgment or order of a
court;
(b)
work which has to be done by members of any Force in the
discharge of their responsibilities;
(c)
work which has to be done by any person due to a state of
emergency or any calamity which threatens the life or well-being
of the society;
(d)
any work or service which forms part of -
(i)
routine services for ensuring the well-being of
society;
(ii)
compulsory national service in accordance with the
law;

(iii)

the national endeavour at the mobilization of human
resources for the enhancement of the society and the

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national economy and to ensure development and
national productivity.

Duty to abide
by the laws of
the land
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

26.-(1)
Every person has the duty to observe and to abide by this
Constitution and the laws of the United Republic.

(2)
Every person has the right, in accordance with the procedure
provided by law, to take legal action to ensure the protection of this Constitution
and the laws of the land.

Duty to
safeguard
public property
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

Defence of the
nation

Act No.15
of 1984

Art.6

Fundamental
rights and
duties
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

27.-(1) Every person has the duty to protect the natural resources of the
United Republic, the property of the state authority, all property collectively
owned by the people, and also to respect another person’s property.

(2) All persons shall be required by law to safeguard the property of the
state authority and all property collectively owned by the people, to combat all
forms of waste and squander, and to manage the national economy assiduously
with the attitude of people who are masters of the destiny of their nation.

28.-(1) Every citizen has the duty to protect, preserve and maintain the
independence, sovereignty, territory and unity of the nation.
(2) Parliament may enact appropriate laws to enable the people to serve
in the Forces and in the defence of the nation.
(3) No person shall have the right to sign an act of capitulation and
surrender of the nation to the victor, nor ratify or recognize an act of occupation or
division of the United Republic or of any area of the territory of the nation and,
subject to this Constitution and any other laws enacted, no person shall have the
right to prevent the citizens of the United Republic from waging war against any
enemy who attacks the nation.
(4) Treason as defined by law shall be the most grave offence against the
United Republic.
General Provisions

29.-(1)
Every person in the United Republic has the right to enjoy
fundamental human rights and to enjoy the benefits accruing from the fulfillment
by every person of this duty to society, as stipulated under Article 12 to 28 of this
Part of this Chapter of the Constitution.
(2) Every person in the United Republic has the right to equal protection
under the laws of the United Republic.
(3) A citizen of the United Republic shall not have a right, status or
special position on the basis of his lineage, tradition or descent.
(4) It is hereby prohibited for any law to confer any right, status, or
special position upon any citizen of the United Republic on the basis of lineage,
tradition or descent.
(5) In order that all persons may benefit from the rights and freedoms
guaranteed by this Constitution, every person has the duty to so conduct himself

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Limitations
upon, and
enforcement
and
preservation of
basic rights,
freedoms and
duties
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6
Act No.34
of 1994
Ar.6

and his affairs in the manner that does not infringe upon the rights and freedoms
of others or the public interest.

30.-(1) The human rights and freedoms, the principles of which are set
out in this Constitution, shall not be exercised by a person in a manner that causes
interference with or curtailment of the rights and freedoms of other persons or of
the public interest.
(2) It is hereby declared that the provisions contained in this Part of this
Constitution which set out the principles of rights, freedom and duties, does not
render unlawful any existing law or prohibit the enactment of any law or the doing
of any lawful act in accordance with such law for the purposes of-

(a)

ensuring that the rights and freedoms of other people or of the
interests of the public are not prejudiced by the wrongful exercise
of the freedoms and rights of individuals;

ensuring the defence, public safety, public peace, public morality,
public health, rural and urban development planning, the
exploitation and utilization of minerals or the increase and
development of property of any other interests for the purposes of
enhancing the public benefit;
(c)
ensuring the execution of a judgment or order of a court given or
made in any civil or criminal matter;
(d)
protecting the reputation, rights and freedoms of others or the
privacy of persons involved in any court proceedings, prohibiting
the disclosure of confidential information, or safeguarding the
dignity, authority and independence of the courts;
(e)
imposing restrictions, supervising and controlling the formation,
management and activities of private societies and organizations in
the country; or
(f)
enabling any other thing to be done which promotes, or preserves
the national interest in general.
(3) Any person claiming that any provision in this Part of this Chapter or
in any law concerning his right or duty owed to him has been, is being or is likely
to be violated by any person anywhere in the United Republic, may institute
proceedings for redress in the High Court.
(4) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution, the High Court
shall have original jurisdiction to hear and determine any matter brought before it
pursuant to this Article; and the state authority may enact legislation for the
purposes of -
(a)
regulating procedure for instituting proceedings pursuant to this
Article;
(b)
specifying the powers of the High Court in relation to the hearing
of proceedings instituted pursuant to this Article;
(c)
ensuring the effective exercise of the powers of the High Court, the
preservation and enforcement of the rights, freedoms and duties in
accordance with this Constitution.
(5) Where in any proceedings it is alleged that any law enacted or any

(b)

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action taken by the Government or any other authority abrogates or abridges any
of the basic rights, freedoms and duties set out in Articles 12 to 29 of this
Constitution, and the High Court is satisfied that the law or action concerned, to
the extent that it conflicts with this Constitution, is void, or is inconsistent with
this Constitution, then the High Court, if it deems fit, or if the circumstances or
public interest so requires, instead of declaring that such law or action is void,
shall have power to decide to afford the Government or other authority concerned
an opportunity to rectify the defect found in the law or action concerned within
such a period and in such manner as the High Court shall determine, and such law
or action shall be deemed to be valid until such time the defect is rectified or the
period determined by the High Court lapses, whichever is the earlier.

Extraordinary Powers of the State Authority

Derogation
from rights and
freedoms
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.6

Power to
proclaim state
of emergency
Act No.15
of 1984 Art.6;
Act No.4 of
1992 Art.11

31.-(1) Apart from the provisions of Article 30(2), any law enacted by
Parliament shall not be void for the reason only that it enables measures to be
taken during a state of emergency or in normal times in relation to persons who
are believed to engage in activities which endanger or prejudice the security of the
nation, which measures derogate from the provisions of Articles 14 and 15 of this
Constitution.
(2) It is hereby prohibited to take any of the measures referred to in
subarticle (1) of this Article in pursuance of any law during a state of emergency
or in normal times in relation to any person, save only to the extent that they are
necessary and justifiable for dealing with the situation that exists during the state
of emergency, or in normal times dealing with the situation created by the conduct
of the person concerned.
(3) It is hereby declared that the provisions of this Article shall not
authorize the deprivation of a person’s right to live save only for deaths resulting
from acts of war.
(4) In this Article and the following Articles of this Part, “state of
emergency” means any period during which the Proclamation of State of
Emergency made by the President in the exercise of the powers conferred on him
by Article 32, is in force.

32.-(1) Subject to this Constitution or to any law enacted by Parliament in
that behalf, the President may proclaim a state of emergency in the United
Republic or in any part thereof.

(2) The President may proclaim a state of emergency only if -
(a)
the United Republic is at war; or
(b)
there is a real danger that the United Republic is about to be
invaded and to be in a state of war; or
(c)
there is actual situation of breakdown of public order or non-
existence of public security in the Untied Republic or in any part
thereof such that it is necessary to take extraordinary measures to
restore order and security; or
(d)
there is a clear and grave danger such that the breakdown of public

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order and the cessation of public safety in the Untied Republic or
any part thereof are inescapable except by invoking the
extraordinary powers; or
(e)
there is imminent occurrence of danger, disaster or environmental
calamity which threatens the society or part thereof in the United
Republic; or
(f)
there is some kind of danger which clearly constitutes a threat to
the state.
(3) In the event a state of emergency is proclaimed in relation to the
whole of the United Republic, or to the whole of Mainland Tanzania or the whole
of Tanzania Zanzibar, the President shall forthwith transmit a copy of the
proclamation to the Speaker of the National Assembly who, after consultation
with the Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly shall convene
a meting of the National Assembly within not more than fourteen days, to
consider the situation and decide, whether to pass or not to pass a resolution,
which has to be supported by the votes of not less than two thirds of all members,
in support of the proclamation of a state of emergency issued by the President.
(4) Parliament may enact a law providing times and procedures which
will enable certain persons in charge of Government functions in specified areas
of the United Republic to request the President to exercise the powers conferred
on him by this Article in relation to any of those areas where there exists any of
the situations specified in paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) of subarticle (2) and such
situation does not extend beyond the boundaries of such areas, and also for the
purpose of specifying the exercise of executive powers during a state of
emergency.
(5) A proclamation issued by the President pursuant to this Article shall
cease to have effect -
(a)
if it is revoked by the President;
(b)
if fourteen days from the date of the proclamation have lapsed
without there being passed the resolution referred to in subarticle
(3);
(c)
after the lapse of a period of six months from the date of the
proclamation; save that a sitting of the National Assembly may,
before the expiration of the period of six months, extend from time
to time the period of the operation of the proclamation for further
periods of six months by a resolution passed by votes of not less
than two-thirds of all the members present;
(d)
at any time when a meeting of the National Assembly revokes the
proclamation by a resolution supported by votes of not less than
two-thirds of all the members.
(6) For the avoidance of doubt in the interpretation or application of the
provisions of this Article, the provisions of legislation enacted by Parliament and
of any other law, concerning the proclamation of a state of emergency as provided
for in this Article shall apply only to the part of the United Republic in respect of
which the state of emergency has been proclaimed.

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CHAPTER TWO
THE EXECUTIVE OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

PART I
THE PRESIDENT

President of the
United
Republic
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

The
Government of
the United
Republic
authority
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

33.-(1) There shall be a President of the United Republic.
(2) The President shall be the Head of State, the Head of Government and
the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

Discharge of
the business of
the
Government
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

Authority to
constitute
offices and to
appoint

34.-(1) There shall be a Government of the United Republic which shall
have authority over all Union Matters in the United Republic and over all other
matters concerning Mainland Tanzania.
(2) The authority of the Government of the United Republic shall relate
to the implementation and upholding of this Constitution and also to all other
matters over which Parliament has power to legislate.
(3) All the authority of the Government of the United Republic over all
Union Matters in the United Republic and also over all other matters concerning
mainland Tanzania shall vest in the President of the United Republic.
(4) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution, the authority of
the Government of the United Republic shall be exercised by either the President
himself or by delegation of such authority to other persons holding office in the
service of the United Republic.
(5) It is hereby declared that the provisions of this Article shall not be
construed as -
(a)
transferring to the President any powers which by the law have
been conferred to another person or authority other than the
President; or
(b)
preventing Parliament from conferring power upon any person or
authority other than the President.

35.-(1)
All Executive functions of the Government of the United
Republic of Tanzania discharged by officers of the Government shall be so done
on behalf of the President.

(2) Orders and other directives issued for the purposes of this Article
shall be signified in such manner as may be specified in regulations issued by the
President in conformity with the provisions of this Constitution.

36.-(1) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution and of any
other law, the President shall have authority to constitute and to abolish any office
in the service of the Government of the United Republic.

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officers
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.6

Discharge of
duties and
function of
President
Act No. 15
of 1984
Art.9;
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.12;
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.6;
Act. No.1
of 2005
Art.9;
G.N.No.133
of 2001;
G.N.No.150
of 2005

(2) The President shall have the authority to appoint persons to hold
positions of leadership responsible for formulating policies for departments and
institutions of the Government, and the Chief Executives who are responsible for
supervision of the implementation of those department’s and institution’s policies
in the Service of the Government of the United Republic, in this Constitution or in
various laws enacted by the Parliament, which are required to be filled by a
appointment made by the President.
(3) Subject to the provisions of subarticle (2), other conditions contained
in this Constitution and any other relevant law, the authority for appointment of
other persons who are not leaders or chief executives, to hold positions in the
service of the Government of the United Republic, and also the authority for
promoting such persons, to remove them from the office, to terminate their
employment and the authority to regulate their discipline of persons who are given
that authority, shall vest in the Service Commissions and given authority in
respect with positions of authority pursuant to this Constitution or in accordance
within any law concerned.
(4) The provisions of subarticles (2) and (3) shall not be construed to
prohibit the President to take steps of maintaining discipline of the public servants
and the public service of the Government of the United Republic.

37.-(1) Apart from complying with the provisions contained in this
Constitution, and the laws of the United Republic in the performance of his duties
and functions, the President shall be free and shall not be obliged to take advice
given to him by any person, save where he is required by this Constitution or any
other law to act in accordance with the advice given to him by any person or
authority.
(2) Where the Cabinet finds that the President is unable to discharge the
functions of his office by reason of physical or mental infirmity, it may submit to
the Chief Justice a resolution requesting him to certify that the President by reason
of physical or mental infirmity, is unable to discharge the functions of his office.
Upon receiving such a resolution, the Chief Justice shall appoint a medical board
of not less than three persons from amongst experts recognized as such by the law
governing medical practitioners in Tanzania and such board shall inquire into that
issue and advise the Chief Justice accordingly, and he may, after considering the
medical evidence, present to the Speaker a certificate certifying that the President,
due to physical or mental infirmity, is unable to discharge the functions of his
office; and if the Chief Justice does not rescind that certificate within seven days
for the reason that the President’s condition has improved and he has resumed
work, then it shall be deemed that the office of the President is vacant, and the
provisions contained in subarticle (3) shall apply.
(3) Where the President is absent from the United Republic, or is unable
to discharge the functions of his office for any other reason, the duties and
functions of the President shall be discharged by one of the following, in the order
specified, that is to say -
(a)
the Vice President or, if his office is vacant or if he is also absent or
is ill; then

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(b)
the Prime Minister.
(4) Where the Prime Minister is discharging the duties and functions of
the office of President by reason that the Vice President is absent, then the Prime
Minister shall cease to discharge such duties and functions if any of the following
events occurs first -
(a)
the President returns in the United Republic or, his condition
improves and reassumes the discharge of the duties and functions
of the President; or
(b)
the Vice President returns in the United Republic.
(5) Where the office of President becomes vacant by reason of death
resignation, loss of electoral qualifications or inability to perform his functions
due to physical infirmity, or failure to discharge the duties and functions of the
office of President, then the Vice-President shall be sworn in and become the
President for the unexpired period of the term of five years and in accordance with
the conditions set out in Article 40, and, after consultation with the political party
to which he belongs, the President shall propose the name of the person who shall
be Vice-President and such appointment shall be confirmed by the National
Assembly by votes of not less than fifty percentum of all the Members of
Parliament.
(6) It is hereby declared that the office of the President shall not be
deemed to be vacant and the President shall not be deemed to be absent from the
United Republic or is unable to discharge his duties if he is-
(a)
absent from the town which is the seat of Government of the
United Republic;
(b)
he is absent from the United Republic for a period of twenty four
hours; or
(c)
he is ill but hopes to be better after a short period.
(7) Where any of the situations specified in subarticle (6) occurs, and the
President deems it appropriate to delegate his powers for the duration of any such
situation, then he may give directions in writing for the appointment of any of the
persons mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) of subarticle (3) of this Article for the
purposes of discharging the functions of the office of President and the person so
appointed shall discharge those functions of the office of President in accordance
with the terms specified by the President; save that the terms specified in this
Article shall be understood to derogate or prejudice the power of the President
under any other law to diminish his functions to any other person in accordance
with any other law.
(8) The President may direct in writing, if in his opinion it is desirable so,
to do, any Minister to discharge any functions of President as may be specified
and the Minister so directed shall by virtue of the provisions of this subarticle
have the power to discharge those functions in accordance with any directions
given by President, notwithstanding the provisions of any other law:
Provided that-
(a)
the President shall not have authority to delegate to a Minister in
accordance with the provisions of this subarticle any function of
President conferred on him by any law arising from the terms of

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Election of
President
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.3;
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9
Act No.20
of 1992
Art.5
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.7
G.N.No.133
of 2001

any treaty to which the United Republic is a party if by law the
President is not authorised to delegate such function to any other
person;
(b)
it is hereby declared that directions given by the President under
the provisions of this subarticle directing any Minister to discharge
any function of President shall not be deemed to prevent the
President from discharging such function himself.
(9) For the purposes of clarity of the provisions of this Article -
(a)
a Cabinet meeting held for the purpose of submitting to the Chief
Justice a resolution concerning the state of health of the President
shall be valid notwithstanding that any member of the Cabinet is
absent or that his position is vacant and it shall be deemed that the
Cabinet has passed that resolution as long as it is supported by the
majority vote of members attending and voting;
(b)
the President shall not be taken as being absent from the United
Republic by reason only of the fact that he is in passage from one
part of Tanzania to another through a foreign country, or for the
reason that he has given directions in accordance with the
provisions of subarticle (7) and those directions have not been
rescinded.
(10) Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this Article, a person
discharging the functions of President under this Article shall not have power to
dissolve Parliament, to remove any of the Ministers from office or to revoke any
appointment made by the President.
(11) If any person discharging the functions of President in accordance
with the provisions of this Article is a Member of Parliament, he shall not forfeit
his seat in the National Assembly or be disqualified for election as Member of
Parliament by reason only of his discharging those functions of President.

38.-(1) The President shall be elected by the citizen in accordance with
the provisions of this Constitution and in accordance with the law enacted by
Parliament pursuant to the provisions of this Constitution, making provisions
concerning the election of the President.
(2) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution, the office of
President shall be vacant and the election of the President shall be held or that
vacancy shall be filled otherwise in accordance with this Constitution, as the case
may be, upon the occurrence of any of the following events -

(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)

(e)

the dissolution of Parliament;
the resignation of the President without first dissolving Parliament;
the disqualification of the President from holding elective office;
the removal of President from office following his impeachment by
the National Assembly in accordance with this Constitution;
certification pursuant to the provisions of Article 37 of this
Constitution that the President is unable to discharge the function
of his office;

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Qualifications
for election as
President
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.13;
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.8
Act No.3 of
2000
Art.7

(f)
the death of the President.
(3) The office of President shall not be deemed to be vacant by reason
only that the National Assembly has passed a motion of no confidence in the
Prime Minister.

39.-(1) A person shall not be entitled to be elected to hold the office of
President of the United Republic save only if -

(a)

(b)
(c)
(d)

(e)

he is a citizen of the United Republic by birth in accordance with
the citizenship law;
he has attained the age of forty years;
he is a member of, and a candidate nominated by, a political party;
he is qualified to be a Member of Parliament or a Member of the
House of Representatives;
within the period of five years before the General Elections, he has
not been convicted by any court for any offence relating to evasion
to pay any tax due to the Government.

Eligibility for
re-election
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.9

Procedures for
the election of
President
Act No.20
of 1992
Art.5
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.10

(2) Without prejudice to any person’s right and freedom of expression to
hold his own views, to profess a religious faith of his choice, to associate with
others and to participate with others in community work in accordance with the
laws of the land, no person shall be qualified to be elected to hold the office of
President of the United Republic unless he is a member of, and a candidate
proposed by, a political party.

40.-(1) Subject to the other provisions of this Article, any person who
holds office as President shall be eligible for re-election to that office.
(2) No person shall be elected more than twice to hold the office of
President.
(3) A person who has been President of Zanzibar shall not be disqualified
from being elected President of the United Republic for the reason only for he has
once held office as President of Zanzibar.
(4) Where the Vice-President holds the office of President in accordance
with the provisions of Article 37(5) for less than three years, he shall be eligible to
contest for the office of President for two terms, but where he occupies the office
of President for three years or more, he shall be eligible to contest for the office of
President for one term only.

41.-(1) Where Parliament has been dissolved or where any of the events
specified in subarticle (2) of Article 38 has occurred and it becomes necessary to
hold an election of the President, every political party wishing to participate in the
election of President shall submit to the Electoral Commission, in accordance with
the law, the name of one of its members whom it proposes as a candidate to
contest the election for the President of the United Republic and the name of
another member of the party whom it proposes for the office of Vice-President.

(2)

The names of the candidates proposed for the Presidential election

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Time of
assumption and
term of office
of President
Act No. 15
of 1984
Art.9

Terms of office
of President
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

shall be submitted to the Electoral Commission on a date and time appointed in
accordance with a law enacted by Parliament, and a person shall not be validly
nominated save only if his nomination is supported by such number of voters and
in such manner as shall be prescribed by an Act of Parliament.
(3) Where on the date and time appointed for the purpose of submission
of the names of the candidates, only the name of one candidate is validly
submitted, the Electoral Commission shall nominate that candidate and present
such candidate’s name to the electorate who shall vote either for or against him in
accordance with the provisions of this Article and an Act enacted by Parliament.
(4) The election of the President of the Untied Republic shall be held on a
date to be appointed by the Electoral Commission in accordance with an Act of
Parliament.
(5) All other matters concerning the procedures for the election of the
President, shall be as provided for in a law enacted by Parliament in that behalf.
(6) Any presidential candidate shall be declared duly elected President
only if he has obtained majority of votes.
(7) When a candidate is declared by the Electoral Commission to have
been duly elected in accordance with this Article, then no court of law shall have
any jurisdiction to inquire into the election of that candidate.

42.-(1) The President elect shall assume office of President as soon as
possible after it is declared that he has been elected President, but in any event he
shall assume office before the expiration of not more than seven days.

(2) Unless he sooner resigns or dies, the President shall, subject to sub
article (3), hold office of President for a period of five years from the date on
which he was elected.
(3) A person elected President shall hold the office of President until -
(a)
the day his successor in office takes the oath of office;
(b)
the day he dies while in office;
(c)
the day he resigns from office; or
(d)
he ceases to hold the office of President in accordance with the
provisions of this Constitution.
(4) If the United Republic is at war and the President considers that it is
not practicable to hold elections, the National Assembly may, pass a resolution
extending the period of five years specified in subarticle (2) of this Article save
that no such extension shall exceed a period of six months at any one time.
(5)
Every President elect and every person assuming the office of
President shall, before assuming the functions of the Office of President, take and
subscribe, in the presence of the Chief Justice of the United Republic, oath of
allegiance and such other oath relating to the execution of the functions of the
office of President as may be prescribed by an Act of Parliament.

43.-(1) The President shall be paid such salary and other remuneration,
and on retirement he shall receive such pension, gratuity or allowances as may be
determined by the National Assembly, and the salary, other benefits, pension and
gratuity shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund of the United Republic and

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Power to
declare war
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9;
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.14

Prerogative of
mercy
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

Immunity from
criminal and
civil
proceedings
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9
Act No.20
Of 1992
Art.7

shall be paid in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
(2) The salary and all other payments due to the President shall not be
reduced while he is in office in accordance with the provisions of this
Constitution.

44.-(1) Subject to this Constitution or to any Act of Parliament providing
in that behalf, the President may declare the existence of a state of war between
the United Republic and any other country.

(2) After making the declaration, the President shall transmit a copy of
such declaration to the Speaker of the National Assembly who, after consultation
with the Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly, shall within
fourteen days from the date of the declaration, convene a meeting of the National
Assembly to deliberate on the prevailing situation and to consider whether or not
to pass a resolution in support of the declaration of war made by the President.

45.-(1) Subject to the other provisions contained in this Article, the
President may do any of the following:
(a)
grant a pardon to any person convicted by a court of law of any
offence, and he may subject to law grant such pardon
unconditionally or on conditions;
(b)
grant any person a respite, either indefinitely or for a specified
period, of the execution of any punishment imposed on that person
for any offence;
(c)
substitute a less severe form of punishment for any punishment
imposed on any person for any offence; and
(d)
remit the whole or part of any punishment imposed on any person
for any offence, or remit the whole or part of any penalty of fine or
forfeiture of property belonging to a convicted person which would
otherwise be due to the Government of the United Republic on
account of any offence.
(2) Parliament may enact law making provisions for the procedure to be
followed by the President in the exercise of his powers under this Article.
(3) The provisions of this Article shall apply to persons convicted and
punished in Tanzania Zanzibar and to punishments imposed in Tanzania Zanzibar
under law enacted by Parliament which applies to Tanzania Zanzibar, likewise
such provisions shall apply to persons convicted and punished in Mainland
Tanzania in accordance with law.

46.-(1) During the President’s tenure of office in accordance with this
Constitution it shall be prohibited to institute or continue in court any criminal
proceedings whatsoever against him.

(2)
During the President’s tenure of office in accordance this
Constitution, no civil proceedings against him shall be instituted in court in
respect of anything done or not done, or purporting to have been done or not done,
by him in his personal capacity as an ordinary citizen whether before or after he
assumed the office of President, unless at least thirty days before the proceedings

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Impeachment
by the National
Assembly
Act No.20

of 1992
Art.8
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.4

are instituted in court, notice of claim in writing has been delivered to him or sent
to him pursuant to the procedure prescribed by an Act of Parliament, stating the
nature of such proceedings, the cause of action, the name, residential address of
the claimant and the relief which he claims.
(3) Except where he ceases to hold the office of President pursuant to the
provisions of Article 46A(10) it shall be prohibited to institute in court criminal or
civil proceedings whatsoever against a person who was holding the office of
President after he ceases to hold such office for anything he did in his capacity as
President while he held the office of President in accordance with this
Constitution.

46A.-(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 46 of this Constitution,
the National Assembly may pass a resolution to remove the President from office
if a motion to impeach the President is moved and passed in accordance with the
provisions of this Article.
(2) Subject to the other provisions of this Article, no motion to impeach
the President shall be moved save only if it is alleged that the President has -
(a)
committed acts which generally violate Constitution or law
concerning ethics of public leaders;
(b)
committed acts which contravene the conditions concerning the
registration of political parties specified in Article 20(2) of this
Constitution;
(c)
conducted himself in a manner which lowers the esteem of the
office of President of the United Republic,
and no such motion shall be moved within twenty months from the time when a
similar motion was previously moved and rejected by the National Assembly.
(3) The National Assembly shall not pass a motion to impeach the
President save only if -
(a)
a written notice signed and supported by not less the twenty per
cent of all member of Parliament is submitted to the Speaker thirty
days prior to the sitting at which such motion is intended to be
moved in the National Assembly, specifying the wrong committed
by the President and proposing that a Special Committee of Inquiry
be Constituted to inquire into the charges brought against the
President.
(b)
at any time after the Speaker receives the notice duly signed by the
Member of Parliament and satisfies himself that the provisions of
the Constitution for the moving of the motion have been complied
with, to vote on the motion to constitute a Special Committee of
Inquiry, and if it is supported by not less than two thirds of all the
Member of Parliament, the Speaker shall announce the names of
the member of the Special Committee of Inquiry.
(4) The Special Committee of Inquiry for the purpose of this Article shall
consist of the following members, that is to say -
(a)
the Chief Justice of the United Republic who shall be the
Chairman;

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the Chief Justice of Tanzania Zanzibar; and
seven members appointed by the Speaker in accordance with the
Standing Orders of the National Assembly and taking into account
the proportional representation amongst the political parties
represented in the National Assembly.
(5)
In the event that the National Assembly passes the motion to
constitute a Special Committee of Inquiry, the President shall be deemed to be out
of office, and the duties and functions of the office of President shall be
discharged in accordance with the provisions of Article 37(3) of this Constitution
until the Speaker shall inform the President about the resolution of the National
Assembly in connection with the charges brought against him.
(6)
Within seven days after the Special Committee of Inquiry is
constituted, it shall sit, inquire into and analyse the charges preferred against the
President, including and affording the President an opportunity to be heard in
accordance with the procedure prescribed by the Standing Orders of the National
Assembly.
(7) As soon as possible and in any event within a period of not more than
ninety days, the Special Committee of Inquiry shall submit its report to the
Speaker.
(8) After the Speaker has received the report of the Special Committee of
Inquiry, the report shall be tabled before the National Assembly in accordance
with the procedure prescribed by the Standing Orders of the National Assembly.
(9) After the report of the Special Committee of Inquiry is submitted
pursuant to subarticle (8) the National Assembly shall debate the report and afford
the President the opportunity to be heard and by votes of not less than two thirds
majority of all the Members of Parliament, the National Assembly shall pass a
resolution that either the charges against the President have been proved and that
he is unworthy of continuing to hold the office of President, or the charges have
not been proved.
(10) In the event the National Assembly passes a resolution that the
charges against the President have been proved and that he is unworthy of
continuing to hold the office of President, the Speaker shall inform the President
and the Chairman of the Electoral Commission about the resolution whereupon
the President shall be obliged to resign before the expiry of three days from the
day the National Assembly passed the resolution.
(11) In the event the President ceases to hold the office of President by
reason of the charges against him being proved he shall not be entitled to receive
any payment by way of pension or to receive any benefits.

(b)
(c)

Duty of
principal
leaders of
organs with
executive
power to
preserve Union
Act No.12
of 1995

46B.-(1)
Without prejudice to the duty of every citizen which is
stipulated in Article 28 of this Constitution, the principal executive leaders of the
organs vested with executive powers in the United Republic mentioned in Article
4 of this Constitution shall, each one of them in the exercise of the powers
conferred by this Constitution or the Constitution of Zanzibar 1984 have the duty
to ensure that he protects, strengthens and preserves the unity of the United
Republic.

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Art.5

(2) For the purposes of the provisions of subarticle (1), each of the
principal leaders of the organs vested with executive powers of the United
Republic shall, before assuming office in accordance with this Constitution, take
oath to defend and preserve the unity of the United Republic in accordance with
this Constitution.
(3) The principal leaders to whom the provisions of this Article apply are:
(a)
the President of the United Republic;
(b)
the Vice-President of the United Republic;
(c)
the President of Zanzibar; and
(d)
the Prime Minister of the United Republic.

PART II
VICE-PRESIDENT

Vice-President
his duties and
powers
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.11;
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.9

47.-(1)
There shall be a Vice-President, who shall be the principal
assistant to the President in respect of all the matters in the United Republic
generally and, in particular shall –
(a)
assist the President in making a follow-up on the day-to-day
implementation of Union Matters;
(b)
perform all duties assigned to him by the President; and
(c)
perform all duties and functions of the office of President when the
President is out of office or out of the country.
(2)
Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 37(5), the Vice-
President shall be elected in the same election together with the President, after
being nominated by his party at the same time as the Presidential candidate and
being voted for together on the same ticket. When the Presidential candidate is
elected the Vice-President shall have been elected.
(3)
A person shall be nominated to contest for the office of Vice-
President on the basis of the principle that where the President of the Untied
Republic hails from one part of the United Republic, then the Vice-President shall
be a person who hails from the other part of the Union.
(4) A person shall not be nominated to contest for the office of Vice-
President of the United Republic, save only if -
(a)
he is a citizen of the United Republic by birth in accordance with
the citizenship law;
(b)
he has attained the age of forty;
(c)
he is a member of, and a candidate nominated by, a political party;
and
(d)
he is qualified to be a Member of Parliament or a Member of the
House of Representatives.
(e)
within the period of five years before the elections he has not been
convicted by any court for any offence relating to evasion to pay
any tax due to the Government.
(5)
Any party shall not be prohibited from nominating any person to
contest for the office of Vice-President for the reason only that such person is at
that time holding the office of President of Zanzibar or the office of Prime

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Minister of the United Republic.
(6) The Vice-President shall not at the same time be a Member of
Parliament, Prime Minister of the United Republic, or President of Zanzibar.
(7) Where a person who is Prime Minister, or President of Zanzibar is
appointed or elected to be Vice-President of the United Republic he shall cease to
hold the office of Prime Minister or President of Zanzibar, as the case may be.
(8) The Vice-President shall perform his duties under the direction and
supervision of the President and shall provide leadership and be answerable to the
President in respect of any matters or functions assigned to him by the President.

48.-(1) The Vice-President shall assume the office of Vice-President on
the same day the President assumes office.
(2) The Vice-President appointed in accordance with Article 50(4) shall
take oath and assume office after his appointment is confirmed by the National
Assembly.

Time of
assumption of
office of the
Vice-President
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.11

Oath of office
of the Vice-
President
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.11

Tenure of
office of Vice-
President
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.11
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.6
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.10;
G.N.No.133
of 2001

49. The Vice-President shall, before assuming office, make and subscribe
before the Chief Justice of the United Republic the oath of allegiance and such
other oath relating to the execution of the functions of his office as may be
prescribed by an Act of Parliament.

50.-(1) Unless he sooner resigns or dies, a person elected or appointed in
accordance with Article 37(5), to be Vice-President, shall, subject to the other
provisions of this Article, hold office for a period of five years from the day he is
elected Vice-President.
(2) The Vice-President shall hold office until -
(a)
his tenure of office expires;
(b)
he dies while in office;
(c)
he resigns;
(d)
he is sworn in as President after the office of President falls vacant;
(e)
he is convicted of any criminal offence disclosing lack of honesty
or loyalty;
(f)
when another President is sworn in to hold the office of President
together with his Vice-President;
(g)
he is removed from office following his impeachment by the
National Assembly in accordance with the provisions of subarticle
(3) of this Article;
(h)
he otherwise ceases to hold the office of Vice-President in
accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.
(3) The National Assembly shall have the same power to remove the
Vice-President from office as it has in relation to the President save that any
motion to impeach the Vice-President shall be moved before the National
Assembly only if it is alleged that -
(a)
the President has submitted a certificate to the Speaker stating that
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functions of the office of Vice-President;
(b)
he has committed acts which generally violate the Constitution or
the law concerning the ethics of public leaders;
(c)
he has committed acts which contravene the conditions concerning
the registration of political parties specified in Article 20(2) of the
Constitution;
(d)
he has conducted himself in a manner that lowers the esteem of the
office of President of the United Republic or the office of Vice-
President,
and no such motion shall be moved within twelve months from the time when a
similar motion was previously moved and rejected by the National Assembly.
(4) In the event that the office of Vice-President is vacant pursuant to the
relevant provisions subarticle (2) or (3) of this Article as soon as possible and in
any case within a period not exceeding fourteen days after the Vice-President has
ceased to hold his office, the President shall appoint a person who shall be the
Vice-President and such appointment shall be confirmed by the National
Assembly by a majority vote of the Members of Parliament.
(5) All other provisions of Article 46A of the Constitution shall apply
also in relation to the Vice-President save only that a Vice-President who has been
removed from office under subarticle (3) shall no longer qualify to hold the office
of the President, Vice President, Prime Minister or President of Zanzibar.

PART III
PRIME MINISTER, CABINET AND THE GOVERNMENT

PRIME MINISTER

Prime Minister
of the United
Republic
Act No.20
of 1992
Art.9

51.-(1) There shall be a Prime Minister of the United Republic who shall
be appointed by the President in accordance with the provisions of this Article and
who, before assuming his office, shall take and subscribe before the President
such oath of office of Prime Minister as may be prescribed by Parliament.
(2) As soon as possible, and in any case within fourteen days after
assuming office, the President shall appoint a Member of Parliament elected from
a constituency from a political party having a majority of members in the National
Assembly or, if no political party has a majority, who appears to have the support
of the majority of the Members of Parliament, to be Prime Minister of the United
Republic, and he shall not assume office until his appointment is first confirmed
by a resolution of the National Assembly supported by a majority vote of the
Members.
(3) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution, the Prime Minister
shall hold the office of Prime Minister the day -
(a)
the President-elect takes the oath of office;
(b)
he dies while in office;
(c)
he resigns;
(d)
the President appoints another Member of Parliament to hold the
office of the Prime Minister;

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(e)

he ceases to hold the office of Prime Minister in accordance with
the other provisions of this Constitution.

Functions and
authority of the
Prime Minister
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

Accountability
of the
Executive
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

Vote of no
confidence
Act No.20
of 1992
Art.10
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.7

52.-(1)
The Prime Minister shall have authority over the control,
supervision and execution of the day-to-day functions and affairs of the
Government of the United Republic.
(2) The Prime Minister shall be the Leader of Government business in the
National Assembly.
(3) In the exercise of his authority, the Prime Minister shall perform or
cause to be performed any matter or matters which the President directs to be
done.

53.-(1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Prime Minister
shall be accountable to the President for the exercise of his authority.

(2) The Executive of the United Republic, under the authority of the
President, shall be the organ having the power to determine the policy of the
Government in general, and Ministers under the leadership of the Prime Minister,
shall be collectively responsible in the National Assembly for the execution of the
affairs of the Government of the United Republic.

53A.-(1)
Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 51 of this
Constitution, the National Assembly may pass a vote of no confidence in the
Prime Minister if a motion in that behalf is moved and passed in accordance with
the provisions of this Article.
(2) Subject to the other provisions of this Article, any motion for a vote
of no confidence in the Prime Minister shall not be moved in the National
Assembly if -
(a)
either it has no relation with the discharge of the responsibilities of
the Prime Minister in accordance with Article 52 of the
Constitution or there are no allegations that the Prime Minister has
contravened the law concerning the ethics of public leaders;
(b)
six months have not lapsed since he was appointed;
(c)
nine months have not lapsed since a similar motion was moved in
and rejected by the National Assembly.
(3) A motion for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister shall not
be passed by the National Assembly save only if -
(a)
a written notice, signed and supported by not less than twenty
percentum of all the Members of Parliament is submitted to the
Speaker, at least fourteen days prior to the day on which the motion
is intended to be moved before the National Assembly;
(b)
the Speaker satisfies himself that the provisions of this Constitution
governing the moving of the motion have been complied with.
(4) A motion which satisfies the provisions of the Article shall be moved
before the National Assembly as soon as possible in accordance with the Standing
Orders of the National Assembly.
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passed only if it is supported by a majority of the Members of Parliament.
(6) In the event the motion for a vote of no confidence in the Prime
Minister is supported by a majority of the Members of Parliament, the Speaker
shall submit that resolution to the President, and as soon as possible and in any
case within two days from the day the National Assembly passes the vote of no
confidence in the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister shall be required to resign,
and the President shall appoint another Member of Parliament to be Prime
Minister.

Cabinet and Government

Cabinet
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.15
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.12

Appointment
of Ministers
and Deputy
Ministers
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

Oath of office
of Ministers

54.-(1) There shall be a Cabinet the members of which shall be the Vice-
President, the Prime Minister the President of Zanzibar, and all the Ministers.
(2) The President shall attend the meetings of the Cabinet and shall
preside over those meetings. In the event the President is absent, the meetings
shall be presided over by the Vice-President, and if both President and the Vice-
President are absent, the Prime Minister shall preside over the meetings.
(3)
Subject to the provisions contained in Article 37(1) of this
Constitution, the Cabinet shall be the principal organ for advising the President
regarding all matters concerning the exercise of his powers in accordance with the
provisions of this Constitution, and it shall assist and advise the President over any
matter which shall be submitted to the Cabinet pursuant to specific or general
directions issued by the President.
(4) The Attorney General shall attend all the meetings of the Cabinet and
shall have all the rights of a member of those meetings save that he shall not have
the right to vote at such meetings.
(5) The question whether any advice, and if so, what advice was given by
the Cabinet to the President, shall not be inquired into any court.

55.-(1) All Ministers who are members of Cabinet by virtue of Article 54
shall be appointed by the President after consultation with the Prime Minister and
they shall be responsible for such offices as the President may, from time to time,
by writing under his hand and the Public Seal, establish.
(2) In addition to the Ministers referred to in subarticle (1) the President
may, after consultation with the Prime Minister, appoint Deputy Ministers. All
Deputy Ministers shall not be members of Cabinet.
(3) The President may appoint any number of Deputy Ministers who shall
assist Ministers in the discharge of their duties and functions.
(4) All Ministers and Deputy Ministers shall be appointed from among
Members of Parliament.
(5) Notwithstanding the provisions of subarticle (4), in the event that the
President is obliged to appoint a Minister or a Deputy Minister after dissolution of
Parliament then he may appoint any person who was a Member of Parliament
before Parliament was dissolved.

56. A Minister or a Deputy Minister shall not assume office until he has

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and Deputy
Ministers
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

Tenure of
office of
Ministers and
Deputy
Ministers
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9;
Act No.20
of 1992
Art.9;
Act No.20
of 1992
Art.11
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.8

first taken and subscribed before the President, the oath of allegiance and such
other oath relating to the execution of the functions of his office as may be
prescribed by an Act of Parliament.

57.-(1) The tenure of office of a Minister, or a Deputy Minister shall
commence on the date he is appointed to hold that office.
(2) The Office of a Minister or a Deputy Minister shall become vacant
upon the occurrence of any of the following:
(a)
if the incumbent resigns or dies;
(b)
where the incumbent ceases to be a Member of Parliament for any
reason not connected with the dissolution of Parliament;
(c)
where the President revokes the appointment thereby removing the
incumbent from office;
(d)
where he is elected Speaker;
(e)
where the Prime Minister resigns or his office becomes vacant for
any other reasons;
(f)
immediately before the President elect assumes office;
(g)
where the Ethics Tribunal makes a decision confirming that he has
contravened the law concerning ethics of public leaders.

58. Ministers and Deputy Ministers shall hold office during the pleasure
of the President, and shall be paid a salary, allowances and other remuneration in
accordance with a law enacted by Parliament.

Terms of office
of Ministers
and Deputy
Ministers
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

Attorney
General for the
Government of
the United
Republic
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.16
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.11

59.-(1) There shall be the Attorney General for the Government of the
United Republic, who in the subsequent Articles of this Constitution, shall simply
be referred to as the “Attorney-General” who shall be appointed by the President.

(2) The Attorney General shall be appointed from amongst public officers
qualified to perform functions of advocate or, persons who are qualified to be
registered as advocates and, has continuously held those qualifications for a period
of not less than ten years.
(3) The Attorney-General shall be the adviser of the Government of the
United Republic matters of law and for that purpose shall be responsible for
advising the Government of the United Republic on all matters of law, and to
discharge any other functions pertaining to or connected with law which are
referred or assigned to him by the President and also to discharge such other
duties or functions which shall be entrusted to him by this Constitution or by any
law.
(4) In the discharge of duties and functions in accordance with this
Article, the Attorney-General shall be entitled to appear and be heard in all courts
in the United Republic.

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Deputy
Attorney
General
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.12

Director of
Public
Prosecutions
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.12

Secretary to the
Cabinet
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

(5) The Attorney-General shall be a Member of Parliament by virtue of
office, and shall hold office until -
(a)
his appointment is revoked by the President; or
(b)
immediately before the President elect assumes office,
and he shall be paid a salary, allowances and other remuneration in accordance
with a law enacted by Parliament.

59A.-(1)
There shall be a Deputy Attorney General of the United
Republic, who shall be appointed by the President from amongst persons with
qualifications specified in subarticle (2) of Article 59, and has continuously held
those qualifications for a period of not less than ten years.
(2) The Deputy Attorney General shall be the principal assistant in the
discharge of duties and functions of the Attorney General and shall discharge
other duties and functions as may be assigned by the Attorney General.

59B.-(1) There shall be a Director of Public Prosecutions who shall be
appointed by the President from amongst persons with qualifications specified in
subarticle (2) of Article 59 and has continuously held those qualifications for a
period of not less than ten years.
(2) The Director of Public Prosecutions shall have powers to institute,
prosecute and supervise all criminal prosecutions in the country.
(3) The powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions under subarticle
(2), may be exercised by him in person or on his directions, by officers under him,
or any other officers who discharge these duties under his instructions.
(4) In exercising his powers, the Director of Public Prosecutions shall be
free, shall not be interfered with by any person or with any authority and shall
have regard to the following -
(a)
the need to dispensing justice;
(b)
prevention of misuse of procedures for dispensing justice;
(c)
public interest.
(5) The Director of Public Prosecutions shall exercise his powers as may
be prescribed by any law enacted or to be enacted by the Parliament.

60. There shall be a Secretary to the Cabinet who shall be the chief
executive officer in the office of the Cabinet, and he shall discharge the following
functions, in compliance with the general or specific directions issued to him by
the President, that is to say:
(a)
to work out a programme for Cabinet meetings and prepare the
agenda for each meeting;
(b)
to record minutes and maintain a record of Cabinet meetings;
(c)
to notify and explain the decisions of the Cabinet to every person
or public institution concerned with any such decision; and
(d)
to discharge any other duties and functions as shall be directed
from time to time by the President.

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Regional
Commissio-
ners
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.9

61.-(1) There shall be a Regional Commissioner for each region within
the United Republic who, subject to subarticle (3), shall be a leader in the
Government of the United Republic.
(2) Regional Commissioners in Mainland Tanzania shall be appointed by
the President, after consultation with the Prime Minister.
(3) Regional Commissioners in Tanzania Zanzibar shall be appointed by
the President of Zanzibar, after consultation with the President.
(4) Without prejudice to the provisions of subarticle (5), every Regional
Commissioner shall have the duty to supervise the discharge of all the duties and
functions of the Government of the United Republic in the region assigned to him
and for that purpose, he shall discharge all duties and functions specified by or
under any written law as being functions of a Regional Commissioner, and shall
exercise all such powers specified by any law enacted by Parliament.
(5) In addition to his duties and functions specified in the preceding
provisions of this Article, a Regional Commissioner for any region in Tanzania
Zanzibar shall discharge the duties and functions of the Revolutionary
Government of Zanzibar which shall be assigned to him by the President of
Zanzibar and in accordance with the Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984, or any law
enacted by the House of Representatives.

CHAPTER THREE
THE LEGISLATURE OF THE UNTIED REPUBLIC

PART I
PARLIAMENT

Parliament
Act No.15

of 1984
Art.12

Authority of
Parliament

Act No.15
of 1984
Art.12
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.17
Act No.20
of 1992
Art.11

62.-(1) There shall be a Parliament of the Untied Republic which shall
consist of two parts, that is to say, the President and the National Assembly.
(2) The National Assembly shall consist of all categories of members
specified in Article 66 of this Constitution, who shall all be designated as
Members of Parliament.
(3) Whenever any matter requires to be decided or done by both parts of
Parliament in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution, or of any other
law, then that matter shall not be taken to have been duly decided or done unless it
is decided or done by the Members of Parliament and also by the President in
accordance with their respective authority in relation to that matter.

63.-(1) The President as one part of Parliament shall exercise all the
authority vested in him by this Constitution for that purpose.
(2) The second part of Parliament shall be the principal organ of the
United Republic which shall have the authority on behalf of the people to oversee
and advise the Government of the United Republic and all its organs in the
discharge of their respective responsibilities in accordance with this Constitution.
(3) For the purposes of discharging its functions the National Assembly
may -
(a)
ask any question to any Minister concerning public affairs in the

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(b)

(c)

(d)
(e)

United Republic which are within his responsibility;
debate the performance of each Ministry during the annual budget
session of the National Assembly;
deliberate upon and authorize any long or short term plan which is
intended to be implemented in the United Republic and enact a law
to regulate the implementation of that plan;
enact law where implementation requires legislation;
deliberate upon and ratify all treaties and agreements to which the
United Republic is a party and the provisions of which require
ratification.

Legislative
power
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.12

Life of
Parliament
Act No.15
Of 1984
Art.12

64.-(1) Legislative power in relation to all Union Matters and also in
relation to all other matters concerning Mainland Tanzania is hereby vested in
Parliament.
(2) Legislative power in Tanzania Zanzibar over all matter which are not
Union Matters is hereby vested in the House of Representatives.
(3) Where any law enacted by the House of Representatives concerns any
matter in Tanzania Zanzibar which is within the legislative jurisdiction of
Parliament, that law shall be null and void, and likewise if any law enacted by
Parliament concerns any matter which is within the legislative jurisdiction of the
House of Representatives that law shall be null and void.
(4) Any law enacted by Parliament concerning any matter shall not apply
to Tanzania Zanzibar save in accordance with the following provisions:
(a)
such law shall have expressly stated that it shall apply to Mainland
Tanzania as well as to Tanzania Zanzibar or it replaces, amends or
repeals a law which is in operation in Tanzania Zanzibar;
(b)
such law replaces, or amends or repeals a law which was
previously in operation in Mainland Tanzania and also in operation
in Tanzania Zanzibar pursuant to the Articles of the Union of
Tanganyika and Zanzibar, or pursuant to any law which expressly
stated that it shall apply to Mainland Tanzania as well as Tanzania
Zanzibar; or
(c)
such law relates to Union Matters; and whenever reference is made
to the term “Tanzania” in any law, it is hereby declared that such
law shall apply in the United Republic in accordance with the
interpretation contained in the provisions of this Article.
(5) Without prejudice to the application of the Constitution of Zanzibar in
accordance with this Constitution shall have the force of law in the whole of the
United Republic, and in the event any other law conflicts with the provisions
contained in this Constitution, the Constitution shall prevail and that other law, to
the extent of the inconsistency with the Constitution, shall be void.

65.-(1) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution, the life of
each Parliament shall be five years.
(2)
For the purposes of this Constitution the expression “life of
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Parliament was first summoned after General Elections and ending on the date of
dissolution of that Parliament for the purpose of enabling the holding of another
ordinary general election.

PART II
MEMBERS, CONSTITUENCIES AND
ELECTION OF MEMBERS

Members of the National Assembly

Members of
Parliament
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.13
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.18;
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.9
Act No.3
of 2000
Art. 11
Act No.1
of 2005
Art. 13
G.N.No.150
of 2005

66.-(1) Subject to the other provisions of this Article, there shall be the
following categories of Members of Parliament, that is to say:-
(a)
members elected to represent constituencies;
(b)
women members being not less than thirty percentum of all the
members mentioned in paragraphs (a), (c), (d), (e) and (f) with
qualifications mentioned in Article 67 elected by the political
parties in accordance with Article 78, on the basis of proportion of
votes;
(c)
five members elected by the House of Representatives from among
its members;
(d)
the Attorney General;
(e)
not more than ten members appointed by the President from
amongst persons with qualifications specified under paragraphs (a)
and (c) of subarticle (1) of Article 67 and, at least five members
amongst them shall be women;
(f)
the Speaker, if he is not elected from amongst the members.
(2) The President and the Vice-President shall each not be a Member of
Parliament.
(3) Where a Regional Commissioner is elected a Member of Parliament
representing a constituency or where a Member of Parliament representing a
constituency is appointed a Regional Commissioner, the National Assembly shall
be deemed to consist of the requisite number of members and its proceedings shall
be valid notwithstanding that the ordinary total number of members in terms of
this Article shall have been reduced by reason of such election of the Regional
Commissioner or such appointment of a constituency member.

67.-(1) Subject to the provisions contained in this Article, any person
shall be qualified for election or appointment as a Member of Parliament if he -

is a citizen of the United Republic who has attained the age of
twenty-one years and who can read and write in Kiswahili or
English; and
(b)
is a member and a candidate proposed by a political party.
(2) Such person possesses or has voluntarily acquired citizenship of any
other country-
(a)
such person possesses or voluntarily acquires the citizenship of any
other country;

(a)

Qualifications
for Member of
Parliament
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.13
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.19;
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.13

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Act No.12
of 1995
Art.10
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.12

in accordance with a law applicable in the Untied Republic it has
been formally certified that such person is of unsound mind;
(c)
such person has been convicted by any court in the United
Republic and sentenced to death or to a term of imprisonment
exceeding six months for any offence however styled involving
dishonesty;
(d)
within a period of five years preceding the date of a general
election such person has been convicted and sentenced to
imprisonment for an offence involving dishonesty or for
contravening the law concerning ethics of public leaders;
(e)
without prejudice to a person’s right and freedom to hold his own
views, to profess a religious faith of his choice, to associate with
others and to participate in community work in accordance with the
laws of the land, no person shall be qualified to be elected to the
office of President of the United Republic if he is not a member of,
and a candidate proposed by, a political party;
(f)
such person has an interest in any Government contract of any kind
in respect of which special restrictions are prescribed by Act of
Parliament and he has contravened such restrictions;
(g)
such person holds a senior office in the service of the Government
of the United Republic, not being an office of which the President
may or is required to appoint a Member of Parliament in
accordance with this Constitution or a law enacted by Parliament;
or
(h)
in accordance with a law enacted by Parliament dealing with
offences concerning election of any kind such person has been
disqualified from registering as a voter or from voting in a
Parliamentary election.
(3)
A person shall not be competent to contest for election as a
constituency Member of Parliament at any general election if he is at the same
time contesting for election to the office of President, nor shall he be competent to
contest for election as a Member of Parliament at any by-election if he is
President.
(4)
Parliament may enact a law making provisions disqualifying a
person from being elected Member of Parliament representing a constituency if
such person holds an office whose functions involve the conduct of, or
supervision over, the election of Members of Parliament or the registration of
voters for the elections of Members of Parliament; save that such law shall not
make provision disqualifying the Speaker from being elected Member of
Parliament representing a constituency nor make provisions which cause a person
elected Speaker to vacate that office of Speaker or his ordinary seat as Member of
Parliament.
(5) Parliament may enact a law for the purpose of making provisions for
the disqualification of a person from being elected a Member of Parliament
representing a constituency for any period, to be specified by Parliament (save
that such period shall not exceed five years) if such person shall be convicted by a

(b)

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court for any type of offences, in connection with the election of Members of
Parliament, as specified in that law.
(6) For the purposes of giving opportunity to appeal according to law to
any person who has been formally certified to be of unsound mind, or convicted
and sentenced to death or imprisonment, or convicted for any offence specified
under the law in terms of subarticle (5) of this Article, Parliament may enact law
providing that such judgment being appealed against by that person shall have no
effect for the purposes of the provisions of subarticle (2) or (5) of this Article until
the expiration of the period to be specified in such legislation.
(7) The following rules shall apply for the purposes of interpreting
paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) of subarticle (2) of this Article, that is to say-
(a)
where a person has been awarded two or more prison sentences to
run consecutively, such sentences shall be regarded to be separate
provided that each of the sentences does not exceed six months; but
if the period specified in any of the sentences exceeds six months,
such sentences shall be regarded as one sentence;
(b)
if a person is sentenced to imprisonment where he could otherwise
have been sentenced to a fine, or where the sentence of
imprisonment is imposed for failure to pay a fine or ordered, such
period of imprisonment shall not be taken into account.
(8)
In paragraph (f) of subarticle (2) of this Article “Government
contract” means any contractual agreement in which one of the parties is the
Government of the United Republic, or the Revolutionary Government of
Zanzibar or any department of that Government or any officer of the Government
who has taken part on behalf of the Government.
(9) [Subarticles (9), (10), (11) and (12) are repealed by Act No.4 of 1992
Art.19 (d)].
(10) For the purposes of interpretation of the qualifications for election
contained in the following Articles whenever it is stated in this Constitution that
the implementation of any matter requires a person who has the qualification for
election, or a person who has not been disqualified from election, then unless the
context requires otherwise, it shall be understood that the qualifications concerned
or those which enable a person to be elected a Member representing a
constituency as provided in subarticle (1) of this Article.

68. Every Member of Parliament shall be required to take and subscribe
before the National Assembly the oath of allegiance before commencing to take
part in the business of the National Assembly save that he may take part in the
election of Speaker before taking that oath.

Oath of
Members of
Parliament
Act No.15
of 1984,
Art.13

Formal
declaration by
Members of
Parliament
concerning
ethics of
Leaders

69.-(1) Every Member of Parliament shall be required before the
expiration of thirty days since taking oath as Member of Parliament to submit to
the Speaker two copies of a formal declaration that he has not lost the
qualifications for election in terms of paragraph (d) of subarticle (2) of Article 67.
(2) The formal declaration required to be submitted to the Speaker shall

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Act No.12
of 1995
Art.11

Members to
submit
statement of
property
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.12

be made on a special form prescribed in accordance with a law enacted by
Parliament.
(3) The Speaker shall transmit to the Ethics Commissioner a copy of
every formal declaration submitted to him in accordance with the provisions of
this Article.
(4) In this Article and in Articles 70 and 84 “the Ethics Commissioner”
means the Commissioner appointed to head the Ethics Secretariat referred to in
Article 132 of this Constitution.

70.-(1) Every Member of Parliament shall be required to submit to the
Speaker two copies of a formal statement regarding his property and the property
of his spouse. The statement shall be made on a special form prescribed by a law
enacted by Parliament and shall be submitted from time to time as shall be
directed by such law.
(2) The Speaker shall transmit to the Ethics Commissioner, a copy of
every formal statement submitted to him in accordance with the provisions of this
Article.

71.-(1) A Member of Parliament shall cease to be Member of Parliament
and shall vacate his seat in the National Assembly upon the occurrence of any of
the following matters:

where anything happens which, had he not been a Member of
Parliament, would have disqualified him from election, or would
make him lose the qualifications for election, or would disqualify
him from election or appointment in accordance with the
provisions of this Constitution;
(b)
where such Member of Parliament is elected President;
(c)
where a Member of Parliament fails to attend three consecutive
meetings of the National Assembly without the permission of the
Speaker;
(d)
where it is established that he has contravened the provisions of the
law concerning the ethics of public leaders;
(e)
where a Member of Parliament ceases to be a member of the party
to which he belonged when he was elected or appointed to be a
Member of Parliament;
(f)
where a Member of Parliament is elected or appointed Vice-
President;
(g)
in the case of a Member of Parliament who is required to submit a
formal statement of property in accordance with the provisions of
Article 70, if he fails to make such formal statement in accordance
with the provisions of that Article within the period prescribed for
that purpose by a law enacted by Parliament,
but where a Member of Parliament does not cease to be a Member of Parliament
on account of any of those matters mentioned and if he does not sooner resign or
die, then he shall continue to hold office as Member of Parliament until the next
general election.

(a)

Tenure of
office of
Member of
Parliament
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.13
Act No.4
of 1992,
Art.22
Act No.34
of 1994,
Art.14

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(2) Parliament may enact a law for the purpose of making provisions
enabling a Member of Parliament to appeal according to law, against a decision
which confirms that he is a person of unsound mind, or against a sentence of death
or imprisonment or against conviction for an offence of the type referred to in the
provisions of subarticle (5) of Article 67 of this Constitution, and that law may
provide that the decision appealed against by the Member of Parliament shall have
no effect in law until the expiration of the period prescribed in that law.

72. Where any person holding office in the service of the Government
which office is of the type mentioned in Article 67(2)(g) decides-
(a)
to contest for election to the office of President or any other office
under this Constitution; or
(b)
to contest for leadership at any level in a political party contrary to
the terms of employment, the employment of such person shall be
considered to have ceased from the date of his becoming a
candidate or of contesting for leadership in the political party.

Cessation of
employment of
civil servants
on contesting
for election
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.23
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.14

Terms of
service of
Members of
Parliament
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.13

73. All Members of Parliament of all categories shall hold office in
accordance with this Constitution, and shall be paid a salary, allowances and other
remuneration in accordance with a law enacted by Parliament.

Electoral Commission

Electoral
Commission
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.13
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.24
Act No.7
of 1993
Art.2;
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.14
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.14

74.-(1) There shall be an Electoral Commission of the United Republic
which shall consist of the following members to be appointed by the President:
(a)
a Chairman who shall be a Judge of the High Court or a Justice of
the Court of Appeal, who shall be a person with qualifications to be
an advocate and has held those qualifications for a period of not
less than fifteen years;
(b)
a Vice-Chairman who shall be a person who holds, had held or is
capable of holding an office of Judge of the High Court or a Justice
of the Court of Appeal;
(c)
other members to be specified by a law enacted by Parliament.
(2)
The President shall appoint the Vice-Chairman of the Electoral
Commission on the basis of the principle that where the Chairman hails from one
part of the Union, the Vice-Chairman shall be a person who hails from the other
part of the Union.
(3)
The following persons shall not be eligible for appointment as
members of the Electoral Commission, that is to say -
(a)
a Minister or Deputy Minister;
(b)
a person holding any kind of office specified by a law enacted by
Parliament
prohibiting
a
persons
holding such office to be appointed a member of Electoral

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Commission;
(c)
a Member of Parliament, a Councilor or other persons holding the
kind of office specified by a law enacted by Parliament in terms of
the provisions of paragraph (g) of subarticle (2) of Article 67 of
this Constitution; and
(d)
a leader of any political party.
(4) Subject to the other provisions of this Article, a member of the
Electoral Commission shall cease to be a member whenever any of the following
occurs -
(a)
upon the expiration of five years since his appointment; or
(b)
where anything happens which, had he not been a member of the
Commission, would have made him ineligible for appointment to
be a member of the Commission.
(5) The President may remove a member of the Electoral Commission
from office only for failing to discharge his functions either due to illness or any
other reason or due to misconduct or loss of the qualifications for being a
member.
(6) The responsibilities of the Electoral Commission shall be:
(a)
to supervise and co-ordinate the registration of voters in
Presidential and Parliamentary elections in the United Republic;
(b)
to supervise and co-ordinate the conduct of the Presidential and
Parliamentary election;
(c)
to review the boundaries and demarcate the United Republic into
various areas for the purposes of Parliamentary elections;
(d)
to supervise and co-ordinate the registration of voters and the
conduct of the election of Councilors;
(e)
to perform any other functions in accordance with a law enacted by
Parliament.
(7) For the better carrying out of its functions, the Electoral Commission
shall be an autonomous department, and its chief executive shall be the Director of
Elections, who shall be appointed and shall discharge duties in accordance with a
law enacted by Parliament.
(8)
Parliament may enact a law providing for the procedure for
supervising the election of Members of Parliament representing constituencies.
(9)
The Electoral Commission may discharge its functions
notwithstanding that there is a vacancy among its membership or that one of its
members is absent, provided that every decision of the Commission must be
supported by a majority of all the members of the Commission.
(10)
Parliament may enact a law providing for the procedure of
appointing delegates to supervise elections of constituency Members of
Parliament and, subject to the provisions of any law or the directions of the
Electoral commission, the powers of the Electoral Commission to supervise the
elections may be exercised by such delegates.
(11) In discharging its functions in accordance with the provisions of this
Constitution, the Electoral Commission shall not be obliged to comply with orders
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political party.
(12) No court shall have power to inquire into anything done by the
Electoral Commission in the discharge of its functions in accordance with the
provisions of this Constitution.
(13) In the discharge of its functions in accordance with this Constitution,
the Electoral Commission of the United Republic shall, from time to time, consult
with the Electoral Commission of Tanzania Zanzibar.
(14) It is hereby prohibited for persons concerned with the conduct of
elections to join any political party, save only that each of them shall have the
right to vote as provided for under Article 5 of this Constitution.
(15) For the purposes of subarticle (14) the persons concerned with the
conduct of elections are:
(a)
the Chairman of the Electoral Commission;
(b)
the Vice-Chairman of the Electoral Commission;
(c)
all the members of the Electoral Commission;
(d)
the Director of Elections together with all other employees of the
Electoral Commission; and
(e)
all supervisors of elections in all towns and districts.

Constituencies

Constituencies
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.24

75.-(1) Subject to the other provisions of this Article, the United Republic
shall be demarcated into constituencies of such number and in such manner as
shall be determined by the Electoral Commission after obtaining the consent of
the President.
(2) Subject to any relevant law, the Electoral Commission shall have the
power to demarcate the boundaries of constituencies after obtaining the consent of
the President.
(3)
In demarcating the boundaries of constituencies, the Electoral
Commission shall take due account of the availability of members of
communication and also the geographical conditions of the area intended for
demarcation into constituencies.
(4) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution and any law concerning
the demarcation of the country into constituencies, the Electoral Commission may,
from time to time and at least after every ten years review the demarcation of the
United Republic into constituencies and may alter the constituencies as a result of
that review or as a result of a census conducted in the United Republic.
(5) If after a review of the demarcation of the United Republic into
constituencies alterations are made in the constituencies, or the number of the
Members of Parliament representing constituencies or in the number of
constituencies or the number of Members of Parliament, then the resultant
alteration in the number of Members of Parliament representing those
constituencies shall take effect when Parliament is dissolved again following the
occurrence of the alteration in the number of constituencies or in the number of
Members of Parliament representing constituencies.
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Elections in
constituencies
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.13
Act No.3 of
2000 Art.15

Procedure for
election
Members of
Parliament
representing
Constituencies
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.25

Procedure for
election of
women
Members of
Parliament
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.26
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.16
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.15

have power to inquire into anything done by the Electoral Commission in its
discharge of the function of demarcating the United Republic into constituencies.

Election and Appointment of Members of Parliament

76.-(1) After every dissolution of Parliament there shall be held an
election of a Member of Parliament in every constituency.
(2) Likewise there shall be held an election of a Member of Parliament in
a constituency whenever the seat of any Member of Parliament representing that
constituency falls vacant for any reason not connected with the dissolution of
Parliament.
(3) Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this Article, it is hereby
declared that where the date for dissolution of Parliament has been proclaimed or
is known on account of the events specified in subarticle (3) of Article 90, then no
such election shall take place during the whole period of six months immediately
preceding the date of the dissolution of Parliament.

77.-(1)
Members of Parliament representing constituencies shall be
elected by the people in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution and
also the provisions of a law enacted by Parliament pursuant to this Constitution to
regulate the election of Members of Parliament representing constituencies.
(2)
Save where the Electoral Commission in accordance with the
provisions of this Constitution or of a law enacted by Parliament in that behalf
directs otherwise, there shall be elected only one Member of Parliament in a
constituency.
(3) Candidates for election to a constituency shall be required to fulfill
the following conditions:
(a)
they shall be proposed, one each, by a political party taking part in
the election in that constituency; and
(b)
they shall have submitted their names to the Electoral Commission
in accordance with the procedure laid down by a law enacted by
Parliament or procedures prescribed by the Electoral Commission
in accordance with law.

78.-(1) For the purposes of the election of women Members of Parliament
mentioned in Article 66(1) (b), political parties which took part in the general
election in accordance with the procedure laid down and obtained at least five
percentum of the total valid voters for Parliamentary election, shall propose to the
Electoral Commission the names of women on the basis of the proportion of votes
obtained by each party in the Parliamentary election.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subarticle (1), the following votes
shall be counted as valid votes for the unopposed Member of Parliament in the
constituent -
(a)
where a political party has nominated a Presidential candidate,
presidential votes cast in the constituency for a Presidential
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of 2001

where a political party has not nominated a presidential candidate,
fifty one percentum of the votes of the total voters registered in the
respective constituency.
(3) The names of the persons proposed to the Electoral Commission in
accordance with subarticle (1) shall be declared to be the results of the election
after the Commission is satisfied that the relevant provisions of the Constitution
and of other legislation have been complied with.
(4) The list of names for women candidates submitted to the Electoral
Commission by each political party for general election shall be the list to be
applied by the Election Commission after consultation of the party concerned, for
purpose of filling any vacancy of Members of Parliament of this category
whenever during the life of Parliament.

(b)

Procedure for
election of
Members by
House of
Representatives
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.13

79. The House of Representatives shall prescribe the procedures which it
shall follow for the purposes of the election of Members of Parliament mentioned
in Article 66(1) (c) of this Constitution.

Procedure for
proposing
women
candidates
Act No.4
of 1992,
Art.29

80. [Repealed by Act No.4 of 1992 Article 27].

81. Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution, the Electoral
Commission may make provisions specifying the procedure to be followed by the
political parties for the purposes of electing and proposing the names of the kind
of Members of Parliament provided for under Article 66(1)(b).

Determination
of the validity
of a person’s
membership of
Parliament
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.8
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.13
Act No.14
of 1990
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.30

82. [Repealed by Act No.4 of 1992 Article 29].

83.-(1) Every proceeding for the purposes of determining the question
whether –
(a)
the election or appointment of any person to be Member of
Parliament was valid or not; or
(b)
a Member of Parliament has ceased to be a Member of Parliament
and his seat in the National Assembly is vacant, or not, shall,
subject to the provisions of subarticle (2) of this Article, first be
instituted and heard in the High Court of the United Republic.
(2) Where the Electoral Commission, in the discharge of its functions in
accordance with the provisions of Article 41(3) of this Constitution has declared
any Member of Parliament to have been elected President, then no court or any
other body shall inquire further into any question concerning the seat of that
Member of Parliament being vacant.
(3) Parliament may enact legislation providing for the following matters:
(a)
persons who may institute proceedings in the High Court seeking
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of this Article;
(b)
the grounds and times for instituting such proceedings, procedure
for instituting proceedings and conditions which have to be
fulfilled in respect of every such proceeding; and
(c)
prescribing the powers of the High Court over such proceedings
and specifying the procedure for the hearing of the matter itself.
(4) There shall be a right of appeal to the Court of Appeal of Tanzania
against a decision of the High Court in any matter which was heard in accordance
with the provisions of this Article.

PART THREE
PROCEDURE, POWERS AND PRIVILEGES OF PARLIAMENT

Speaker and Deputy Speaker

Speaker and his
functions
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.31
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.15

84.-(1) There shall be a Speaker of the National Assembly who shall be
elected by the Members of Parliament from amongst persons who are Members of
Parliament or who are qualified to be Members of Parliament and shall be the
Leader of the National Assembly in all other institutions and meetings.

(2) A Minister, a Deputy Minister or a person holding any other office
prescribed by a law enacted by Parliament for the purposes of this Article shall not
be elected Speaker.

(3) Any person elected Speaker shall be required, before the expiration of
fifteen days of his election, to submit to the President a formal declaration that he
has not lost the qualifications for election in terms of the provisions of paragraph
(d) of subarticle (2) of Article 67. The declaration shall be made in a special form
prescribed in accordance with a law enacted by Parliament.
(4) The President shall transmit to the Ethics Commissioner a copy of
every formal declaration submitted to him in accordance with the provisions of
subarticle (3) of this Article.
(5) The Speaker shall be required to submit to the President two copies of
a formal statement regarding his property and that of his spouse. The Speaker
shall submit such statement in a special form prescribed for that purpose in
accordance with a law enacted by Parliament, and shall submit such statement
from time to time as shall be directed by that law.
(6) The provisions of subarticles (2) and (3) of Article 70 shall apply,
mutatis mutandis, to any statement regarding property submitted by the Speaker in
accordance with the provisions of this Article.
(7) The Speaker shall cease to be Speaker and shall vacate his office upon
the occurrence of any of the following events:
(a)
where that person was elected from amongst Members of
Parliament, he ceases to be a Member of Parliament for any reason
other than the dissolution of Parliament;
(b)
if anything happens which, had he not been Speaker, would
disqualify such person from election, or make him lose the

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(c)

(d)

qualifications for being elected Speaker;
when the National Assembly meets for the first time after General
Elections held following the dissolution of Parliament, provided
that the provisions of this paragraph shall operate subject to the
provisions of subarticle (4) of Article 90 of this Constitution;
if that person is removed from the office of Speaker by a resolution
of the National Assembly supported by not less than two-thirds of
all Members of Parliament;

if that person fails to submit to the President a formal declaration in
accordance with the provisions of subarticle (3) of this Article;
(f)
if that person is convicted of the offence of perjury contrary to the
provisions of the Penal Code concerning any formal declaration
submitted in accordance with the provisions of subarticle (3) of this
Article;
(g)
if that person fails to submit to the President a statement regarding
his property in according with subarticle (5) of this Article before
the expiration of the period stipulated for that purpose in
accordance with a law enacted by Parliament; or
(h)
if it is proved that that person has contravened the provisions of the
law concerning the ethics of public leaders.
(8) No business, other than the election of the Speaker, shall be conducted
in the National Assembly while the office of Speaker is vacant.
(9)
Any person not being a Member of Parliament, who is elected
Speaker shall be required, before commencing to discharge the functions of his
office, to take and subscribe the oath of allegiance before the National Assembly.

(e)

Deputy
Speaker
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

85.-(1) There shall be a Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly who
shall be elected by Members from amongst Members of Parliament.
(2) A Minister, a Deputy Minister or a person holding any other office
prescribed by a law enacted by Parliament for the purpose of this Article, shall not
be elected Deputy Speaker.
(3) Members of Parliament shall elect a Deputy Speaker on the following
occasions:
(a)
when the National Assembly meets for the first time following the
General Elections, or as soon as possible thereafter; and
(b)
at the first sitting of the National Assembly after the office of
Deputy Speaker falls vacant for any reason not connected with the
dissolution of Parliament or as soon as possible after that sitting.
(4) The Deputy Speaker shall cease to be Deputy Speaker and shall
vacate the office of Deputy Speaker upon the occurrence of any of the following
events:
(a)
if that person ceases to be a Member of Parliament;
(b)
if anything happens which, had he not been Deputy Speaker, would
have disqualified him from election or would make him lose the
qualifications for being elected Deputy Speaker; or

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(c)

if that person is removed from the office of Deputy speaker by a
resolution of the National Assembly.

Procedure for
electing
Speaker and
Deputy
Speaker
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

86.-(1) There shall be held an election of the Speaker at the first sitting of
the first meeting of National Assembly, and at any first sitting of the National
Assembly immediately after the occurrence of a vacancy in the office of Speaker.
(2) There shall be held an election of the Deputy Speaker at any time
during the first meeting of the National Assembly, which time shall be appointed
by the National Assembly, and during the first sitting of the National Assembly
immediately after the office of Deputy Speaker falls vacant.
(3) The election of a Speaker as well as that of Deputy Speaker shall be by
secret ballot and shall be conducted in accordance with the procedure prescribed
by the Standing Orders of the National Assembly.

Office of Parliament

Clerk of the
National
Assembly
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

The Secretariat
of the National
Assembly
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

87.-(1) There shall be a Clerk of the National Assembly who shall be
appointed by the President from amongst persons holding high office in the
service of the Union Government.
(2) The Clerk of the National Assembly shall be the Chief Executive in
the office of the National Assembly, and shall be responsible for the efficient
discharge of the business of Parliament in conformity with the provisions of this
Constitution and of the relevant law.

88.-(1) There shall be a Secretariat of the National Assembly which shall
consist of such number of offices within the service of the Government as the
President may direct.

(2) The Secretariat of the National Assembly shall consist of officers of
such number and grades as may be determined from time to time by the relevant
Service Commission after consultation with the Clerk of the National Assembly.
(3) The Secretariat of the National Assembly, under the leadership of the
Clerk of the National Assembly shall discharge all duties and functions prescribed
or as may be necessary for the purpose of ensuring the efficient discharge by the
National Assembly and Members of Parliament of the functions of Parliament
under this Constitution.

Procedure in the National Assembly

Standing
Orders of the
National
Assembly
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

89.-(1)
Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the National
Assembly may make Standing Orders for the purpose of prescribing procedure
for the conduct of its business.
(2) Standing Orders made pursuant to this Article may prescribe
procedure for the supervision of the discharge of the functions of the Secretariat of
the National Assembly and also of the discharge of the business of the National
Assembly in the National Assembly and those of its committees and sub-
committees.

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Summoning
and dissolution
of Parliament
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14;
Act No.20
of 1992
Art.13

President may
address

90.-(1) After General Elections, the President shall summon a New
Parliament to meet before the expiration of seven days following the declaration
of the results of the General Elections in all constituencies save in those
constituencies where the elections are countermanded and commenced afresh.
(2) The President shall not have power to dissolve National Assembly at
any time save only -
(a)
if the life of Parliament has expired in terms of Article 65 of the
Constitution or at any time within the last twelve months of the life
of Parliament, save only if the Speaker receives a formal notice
under Article 46A of this Constitution proposing the formation of a
Special Committee of Inquiry with a view to impeaching the
President;
(b)
if the National Assembly refuses to approve a budget proposed by
the Government;
(c)
if Parliament fails to pass a Bill in terms of the provisions of
Article 97(4);
(d)
if the National Assembly declines to pass a motion which is of
fundamental importance to Government policies and the President
considers that the way out is not to appoint another Prime Minister
but to call for a general election; or
(e)
if, having regard to the proportional representation of political
parties in the National Assembly the President considers that it is
not longer legitimate for the Government in power to continue in
office, and it is not feasible to form a new Government.
(3) Upon the expiration of the life of Parliament, Parliament shall stand
dissolved: Save that if the life of Parliament expires at any time when the United
Republic is at war, the National Assembly may, from time to time, extend the
period mentioned in Article 65 of this Constitution for a period not exceeding
twelve months each time; provided that the life of Parliament shall not be
extended under the provisions of this subarticle for a period of more than five
years.
(4) If an emergency arises or exists which, in the opinion of the President,
necessitates the summoning of National Assembly at a time when Parliament
stands dissolved, and the majority of results in the general election following the
dissolution have not been declared, the President may by Proclamation, summon
National Assembly and direct that the Speaker and all the persons who were the
Members of Parliament immediately before the dissolution of National Assembly
attend such meeting of National Assembly and such persons together with the
Speaker shall be deemed to be the Members of the National Assembly for the
purposes of that meeting and shall be so deemed until midnight of the day the
majority of the results of the General Elections are declared.

91.-(1) The President shall address the National Assembly at its first
meeting and inaugurate it.

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Parliament
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

Meetings of the
National
Assembly
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14
G.N.No.133
of 2001

Presiding at
sittings of the
National
Assembly
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

Quorum at the
sittings of the
National
Assembly
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14;
Act No.7
Of 1994
Art. 8(i),(k)

Vacant seats in
the National
Assembly
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

(2) Subject to the provisions of subarticle (1), the President may, at any
time, address the National Assembly or send to the House a communication which
shall be read by a Minister.

92.-(1) The National Assembly shall hold its meetings at the place where
it is customary to hold such meetings or at any other place in the United Republic
as the President may designate in that behalf.
(2) The first meeting of the National Assembly in the life of Parliament
shall commence on the day for which National Assembly is summoned to meet,
and every subsequent meeting shall commence on such date as may be specified
by the National Assembly or on any day that shall be appointed in accordance
with the Standing Orders of the National Assembly.
(3) The President may at any time summon a meeting of the National
Assembly.

93. Every sitting of the National Assembly shall be presided over by any
one of the following persons, that is to say -
(a)
the Speaker;
(b)
if the Speaker is absent, the Deputy Speaker; or
(c)
if both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are absent, any
Member of Parliament who has been elected for that purpose, but a
Minister or a Deputy Minister or a person holding any other type of
office specified by any law enacted by Parliament for the purpose
of this Article shall not be elected under the provisions of this
paragraph.

94.-(1) The quorum at every sitting of the National Assembly shall be
half of all the Members of Parliament.
(2) Except where it is provided otherwise in this Constitution, every
question proposed for decision in the National Assembly shall be determined by a
majority of the votes of the Members of Parliament present and voting.
(3) The Speaker, Deputy Speaker or any other person presiding over the
sitting of the National Assembly shall not have a deliberative vote but shall have a
casting vote in the event of an equality of votes.

(4) The Standing Orders of the National Assembly may provide that any
Member of Parliament who votes on any matter in which he has a personal
interest shall be deemed not to have voted.

95. The National Assembly may conduct business during its sittings
notwithstanding any vacant seat in the National Assembly whether the seat
became vacant since or after the first meeting following the General Elections,
and if in such business any person who is not entitled takes part or if during that
business any person who is not entitled is present, then the participation or
presence of that person shall not invalidate the business.

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Standing
Committees of
the National
Assembly
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.16

96.-(1)
The National Assembly may establish various Standing
Committees as it may deem appropriate for the better discharge of its functions.
(2) The Standing Orders of the National Assembly may provide for the
composition and functions of the Standing Committees established pursuant to the
provisions of this Article.

Legislative Procedure

How to
legislate
Act No. 15
of 1984
Art.14

Procedure for
altering the
Constitution
and certain
laws
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

97.-(1)
Subject to the provisions contained in this Constitution, the
Parliament shall exercise its legislative power through the process of debating and
passing Bills which eventually shall have to be assented to by the President, and a
Bill shall not become law unless it is so passed by the National Assembly and
assented to by the President in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
(2) After a Bill is presented to the President for his assent, the President
may either assent to the Bill or withhold his assent, and in the event the President
withholds his assent to a Bill, he shall return it to the National Assembly together
with a statement of his reasons for withholding his assent to the Bill.
(3) After a Bill is returned to the National Assembly pursuant to the
provisions of this Article, it shall not be presented again to the President for his
assent before the expiration of six months since it was so returned, except if at the
last stage in the National Assembly before it is again presented to the President, it
is supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all the Members of
Parliament.
(4) If a Bill is returned to the National Assembly the President, and it is
then supported in the National Assembly by not less than two-thirds of all
Members of Parliament as provided in subarticle (3) and it is presented a second
time to the President for assent within six months of its being so returned, then the
President shall be obliged to assent to the Bill within twenty-one days of its being
presented to him, otherwise he shall have to dissolve Parliament.
(5) The provisions of this Article or Article 64 of this Constitution shall
not prevent Parliament from enacting laws making provisions conferring on any
person or department of Government the power to make regulations having the
force of law or conferring the force of law on any regulations made by any person,
or any department of Government.

98.-(1) Parliament may enact law for altering any provision of this
Constitution in accordance with the following principles:
(a)
a Bill for an Act to alter any provisions of this Constitution, other
than those relating to paragraph (b) of this subarticle or any
provisions of any law specified in List One of the Second Schedule
to this Constitution shall be supported by the votes of not less than
two thirds of all the Members of Parliament; and
(b)
a Bill for an Act to alter any provisions of this Constitution or any
provisions of any law relating to any of the matters specified in List

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Procedure for
legislation in
financial
matters
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

Two of the Second Schedule to this Constitution shall be passed
only if it is supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all
Members of Parliament from Mainland Tanzania and not less than
two-thirds of all Members of Parliament from Tanzania Zanzibar.
(2)
For the purpose of construing the provisions of subarticle (1),
alteration of provisions of this Constitution or the provisions of a law shall be
understood to include modification, or correction of those provisions or repeal and
replacement of those provisions or the re-enactment or modification of the
application of the provisions.

99.-(1) The National Assembly shall not deal with any of the matters to
which this Article relates except if the President has proposed that the matter be
dealt with by the National Assembly and the proposal has been submitted to the
National Assembly by a Minister.
(2) The matters to which this Article relate are the following:
(a)
a Bill to enact a law providing for any of the following -
(i)
to levy a tax or to alter taxation otherwise than by
reduction;
(ii)
the imposition of any charge upon the Consolidated
Fund or any other public fund or the alteration of
any such charge otherwise than by reduction;
(iii) the payment, issue or withdrawal from the
Consolidated Fund or any other public fund of any
moneys not charged thereon, or any increase in the
amount of such payment, issue or withdrawal;
(iv)
the composition or remission of any debt due or
payable to the United Republic;
(b)
a motion or any amendment of a motion for the purpose of any of
the matters referred to in paragraph (a) of this subarticle.
(3)
The provisions of this Article shall not apply to a Bill or any
amendment to a Bill introduced by or a motion or an amendment to a motion
moved by a Minister or a Deputy Minister.

Power and Privileges of Parliament

Freedom and
immunity from
proceedings
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

Preservation
and
enforcement of

100.-(1) There shall be freedom of opinion, debate and in the National
Assembly, and that freedom shall not be breached or questioned by any organ in
the United Republic or in any court or elsewhere outside the National Assembly.

(2) Subject to this Constitution or to the provisions of any other relevant
law, a Member of Parliament shall not be prosecuted and no civil proceedings
may be instituted against him in a court in relation to any thing which he has said
or done in the National Assembly or has submitted to the National Assembly by
way of a petition, bill, motion or otherwise.

101. Parliament may enact a law making provisions to enable the court
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freedom of
debate and
procedure
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14

business in the National Assembly which in terms of Article 100 is guaranteed by
this Constitution.

CHAPTER FOUR
THE REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT OF ZANZIBAR,
THE ZANZIBAR REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL AND THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF ZANZIBAR

PART I
THE REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT OF ZANZIBAR
AND THE PRESIDENT OF ZANZIBAR

102.-(1) There shall be an Executive for Zanzibar which shall be known
as “the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar” which shall have authority in
Zanzibar over all matters which are not Union Matters in accordance with the
provisions of this Constitution.
(2) Subject to the provisions contained in this and the following Articles
in this Chapter of this Constitution the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
shall be constituted and shall exercise its authority in accordance with the
provisions of this Constitution and the Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984.

The
Revolutionary
Government of
Zanzibar and
its jurisdiction
Act No. 45
of 1980
Art.55
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.16

Head of the
Revolutionary
Government of
Zanzibar and
his authority
Act No. 15
of 1980
Art.14
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.17

103.-(1) There shall be a Head of the Executive for Zanzibar who shall be
the President of Zanzibar and Head of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
and also the Chairman of the Zanzibar Revolutionary Council.
(2) The Head of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar shall, before
assuming office, subscribe the oath before the Chief Justice of Zanzibar to protect
and defend the Constitution of the United Republic and any other oath in
accordance with the constitution of Zanzibar in connection with the execution of
his duties, and then shall assume office and discharge those functions in
accordance with the provisions of this Constitution and the Constitution of
Zanzibar, 1984.
(3)
In addition to his other powers, the Head of the Revolutionary
Government of Zanzibar shall have the power to appoint and assign
responsibilities to Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the Revolutionary
Government of Zanzibar.

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Election of the
Head of the
Revolutionary
Government of
Zanzibar
Act No.1
of 1980
Art.11
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.14
Act No.16
of 1990
Art.2
Act No.20
of 1992
Art.14

The
Revolutionary
Council and its
functions
Act No.1
of 1980
Art.12
Act No.15
of 1984,
Art.18

104.-(1) The Head of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar shall be
elected by the people in Tanzania Zanzibar in accordance with the provisions of
the Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984, and in accordance with the procedure
prescribed by law enacted by the House of Representatives of Zanzibar which
relates to the election in general or to the election of the Head of the
Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
(2) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution, the office of the
Head of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar shall be vacant, and the
election of the Head of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar shall be held to
fill the vacancy upon the occurrence of any of the following events:
(a)
upon the dissolution of the House of Representatives;
(b)
the resignation of the Head of the Revolutionary Government of
Zanzibar without first dissolving the House of representatives;
(c)
the disqualification of the Head of the Revolutionary Government
of Zanzibar from holding an elective office;
(d)
the impeachment of the Head of the Revolutionary Government of
Zanzibar by the House of Representatives in accordance with the
Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984, and his removal from office;
(e)
the certification pursuant to the Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984, that
the Head of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar is unable to
discharge his duties and functions; or
(f)
the death of the Head of the Revolutionary Government of
Zanzibar.

PART II
THE ZANZIBAR REVOLUTIONARY COUNCIL

105.-(1) There shall be a Zanzibar Revolutionary Council which shall
consist of the following members:
(a)
the Chairman of the Revolutionary Council;
(b)
the Chief Minister of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar;
(c)
all Ministers of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar; and
(d)
other members to be appointed by the Chairman of the
Revolutionary Council in accordance with the provisions of the
Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984.
(2) Without prejudice to the powers of the Chairman of the Revolutionary
Council as Head of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, the Revolutionary
Council shall be the principal organ for advising the Head of Revolutionary
Government of Zanzibar regarding all matters concerning the exercise of his
functions of leadership and supervision over the affairs of the Executive for
Zanzibar and also in the discharge of his functions over all affairs of Government
concerning all matters which are not Union Matters in accordance with the
provisions of this Constitution and those of the Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984.

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The House of
Representatives
of Zanzibar and
its legislative
functions
Act No.1
of 1980
Art.93

Authority of
House of
Representatives
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.20

PART III
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF ZANZIBAR

106.-(1) There shall be a House of Representatives of Zanzibar. The
House of Representatives shall comprise two parts: one part shall consist of
Members of the House elected or appointed in accordance with the provisions of
the Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984, and who shall be referred to as the other part
of the Representatives; shall be the Head of the Revolutionary Government of
Zanzibar in the exercise of his functions pursuant to the provisions of this
Constitution and the provisions of the Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984.
(2) Where pursuant to the provisions of this Constitution, the provisions
of the constitution of Zanzibar, 1984, or the provisions of any law enacted and in
force in Zanzibar, any matter requires to be decided or done by both parts of the
House of Representatives, then that matter shall not be deemed to have been duly
decided and done unless it is decided or done by the Members of the House of
representatives and also by the Head of the Revolutionary Government of
Zanzibar, in accordance with their respective authority in relation to that matter.
(3) Legislative authority in Zanzibar over all matters which are not Union
Matters is hereby vested in the House of Representatives of Zanzibar.

107.-(1)
The President of Zanzibar as one part of the House of
Representatives of Zanzibar shall exercise the authority vested in him by this
Constitution and also by the Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984 for that purpose.

(2) The Members of the House of Representatives as the second part of
the House of Representatives shall be the principal organ for Tanzania Zanzibar
which shall have authority on behalf of the people in Tanzania Zanzibar to
oversee and advise the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and all its organs
in the discharge of their respective responsibilities in accordance with this
Constitution and the Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984.
(3) For purposes of discharging its functions, the House of Representatives
may -
(a)
put to any Minister of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
any question concerning public affairs in Tanzania Zanzibar which
are within his responsibility;
(b)
debate on the performance of each Ministry of the Revolutionary
Government of Zanzibar during the annual budget session of the
House of Representatives;
(c)
deliberate upon and authorize any long or short term plan which is
intended to be implemented in Tanzania Zanzibar and enact a law
to regulate the implementation of that plan;
(d)
enact legislation where implementation requires legislation; and
(e)
prepare or direct preparation and submission to any political party a
report concerning any matter that is under the authority of the
Parliament.

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CHAPTER FIVE
DISPENSATION OF JUSTICE IN THE UNITED REPUBLIC, THE HIGH COURT
OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC, THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMISSION FOR
MAINLAND TANZANIA, THE HIGH COURT OF ZANZIBAR,
THE COURT OF APPEAL OF
THE UNITED REPUBLIC AND SPECIAL CONSTITUTIONAL
COURT OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

Authority of
dispensing
justice
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.17
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.16
G. N. No.150
of 2005

PART I
DESPENSATION OF JUSTICE IN THE UNITED REPUBLIC

107A.-(1) The Judiciary shall be the authority with final decision in
dispensation of justice in the United Republic of Tanzania.
(2) In delivering decisions in matters of civil and criminal matters in
accordance with the laws, the court shall observe the following principles, that is
to say -
(a)
impartiality to all without due regard to ones social or economic
status;

(b)
(c)

(d)

(e)

not to delay dispensation of justice without reasonable ground;
to award reasonable compensation to victims of wrong doings
committed by other persons, and in accordance with the relevant
law enacted by the Parliament;
to promote and enhance dispute resolution among persons involved
in the disputes.
to dispense justice without being tied up with technicalities
provisions which may obstruct dispensation of justice.

Independence
of the Judiciary
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.17

107B. In exercising the powers of dispensing justice, all courts shall have
freedom and shall be required only to observe the provisions of the Constitution
and those of the laws of the land.

High Court of
the United
Republic and

PART II
THE HIGH COURT OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

108.-(1) There shall be a High Court of the United Republic (to be
referred to in short as “the High Court”) the jurisdiction of which shall be as
specified in this Constitution or in any other law.

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its jurisdiction
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.6

Judges of the
High Court and
their
appointments
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.6
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.22
Act No.14
of 1990
Art.5

(2) Where this Constitution or any other law does not expressly provide
that any specified matter shall first be heard by a court specified for that purpose,
then the High Court shall have jurisdiction to hear every matter of such type.
Similarly, the High Court shall have jurisdiction to deal with any matter which,
according to legal traditions obtaining in Tanzania, is ordinarily dealt with by a
High Court provided that;
the provisions of this subarticle shall apply without prejudice to the jurisdiction of
the Court of Appeal of Tanzania as provided for in this Constitution or in any
other law.

109.-(1) There shall be a Principal Judge of the High Court (who in the
following provisions of this Constitution shall be referred to as the “Principal
Judge”) and other Judges of the High Court who shall be not less than thirty who
shall be appointed by the President after consultation with the Judicial Service
Commission.
(2)
Subject to the provisions of this Constitution or any other law
concerning the powers of the Chief Justice who is referred to in Article 118, the
Principal Judge shall be the special assistant to the Chief Justice in the
administration of the High Court and of all the other courts subordinate to it, and
in the discharge of the functions of that office, the Principal Judge shall perform
such functions and duties as he may, from time to time, be instructed or directed
by the Chief Justice and, for the purposes of this Article, the Principal Judge shall
also be known as the Head of the High Court.
(3) In addition to his ordinary powers as a Judge of the High Court, the
Principal Judge shall also have power to perform all such duties and functions
related to the jurisdiction of the High Court which, in accordance with the
provisions of this Constitution or any other law, or the legal traditions applicable,
are matters which are required to be performed by the head of the High Court:
Provided that the provisions of this subarticle shall not apply in relation to
the discharge of duties or functions which, in terms of the provisions of this
Constitution or of any other law or in accordance with legal traditions applicable
in Tanzania are expressly stated or are deemed to be the duties or functions
required to be performed only by the Chief Justice.
(4)
For the avoidance of doubt in relation to the interpretation or
application of the provisions of subarticles (2) and (3), of this Article, it is hereby
declared that except where this Constitution or any other law provides otherwise,
the Chief Justice may, from time to time, give to the Principal Judge directions or
instruction concerning the discharge of his duties and functions as head of the
High Court. Likewise the Chief Justice may delegate to the Principal Judge some
of his administrative and supervisory powers in relation to the discharge of
functions in the High Court and in all other courts subordinate to it, and whenever
necessary the Chief Justice may himself discharge directly any of the functions so
delegated to the Principal Judge.
(5) The office of Judge of the High Court shall not be abolished while
there is a person holding that office.
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only be appointed Judge of the High Court if he has special qualifications as
defined in subarticle (7) of this Article, and has held one of those special
qualifications for a period of not less than ten years.
(7) For the purposes of construing subarticles (6), (8) and (10) of this
Article “special qualifications” means a person who holds a degree in law from a
University recognized by the accreditation authority in Tanzania, and
(a)
has been a magistrate;
(b)
has held an office in the public service while possessing
qualifications of attorney or has been a private advocate;
(c)
possess qualifications for enrolment as an advocate and, has
possessed those qualifications continuously for a period of not less
than ten years.
(8) Where the President is satisfied that a person holding one of the
special qualifications has not held that qualification for a period of not less than
ten years, but that that person has the ability, knowledge and in every respect is
suitable for appointment as Judge of the High Court, and there are reasons which
make such person deserve to be so appointed, then the President may dispense
with the requirement that such person shall have held the special qualifications for
a period of not less than ten years, and may after consultation with the Judicial
Service Commission, appoint that person Judge of the High Court.
(9) In the event that the office of Principal Judge falls vacant or that the
Principal Judge is for any reason unable to perform the functions of his office,
then, those functions shall be performed by one of the Judges who shall be
appointed by the President for that purpose and that Judge so appointed shall
perform those functions until a new Principal Judge is appointed and assumes the
office of Principal Judge, or until the Principal Judge who was unable to perform
his functions resumes office.
(10) In the event that the office of any Judge falls vacant or that any
Judge is appointed Acting Principal Judge or is for any reason unable to perform
the functions of his office, or if the Chief Justice advises the President that the
state of business then obtaining in the High Court requires the appointment of an
Acting judge, the President may, after consulting the Chief Justice in the usual
manner appoint an Acting Judge from amongst persons holding the special
qualifications:
Provided that -
(a)
a person shall not be deemed to be disqualified from appointment
in accordance with the provisions of this subarticle for the reason
only that he has attained the age specified in subarticle (1) of
Article 110 of this Constitution;
(b)
for the purpose of appointing an Acting Judge in accordance with
the provisions of this subarticle, the President may dispense with
the requirement of holding the special qualifications for a period of
ten years for the same reasons as those set out in subarticle (8) of
this Article.
(11) Any person appointed Acting Judge pursuant to the provisions of
subarticle (10) of this Article shall continue to hold the office of Acting Judge for

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Tenure of
office of
Judges of the
High Court
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.6
Act No.15
of 1984
sArt.22
and 23
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.17
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.18

Procedures
relating to
discipline of
Judges of the
High Court
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.19

any period so specified in his appointment or if no period is specified, until his
appointment is revoked by the President, but notwithstanding that his term of
office has expired or that his appointment has been revoked, that person may
continue to perform functions as Acting Judge until he has completed the
preparation and delivery of a decision or until he completes any other business
connected with matters which he had started hearing before his term of office
expired or before his appointment was revoked.

110.-(1)
Every Judge of the High Court shall vacate his office on
attaining the age of sixty years, but the provisions of this subarticle shall apply
subject to the subsequent provisions of this Article.
(2) Any Judge of the High Court may retire from office in the service of
the United Republic at any time on attaining the age of fifty five years, except
where the President directs that he should not retire from office, and if the
President so directs, then the Judge to whom the directions of the President relate
shall not retire from office until the expiry of the period specified by the President
for that purpose.
(3) In the event that the President considers it to be in the public interest
that a Judge who has attained sixty years of age continue in office, and the Judge
agrees in writing to continue in office, then the President may direct that the judge
continue in office for any period which may be specified by the President.

(4) Notwithstanding that a Judge has attained the age at which he is
required by the provisions of this Article to vacate office, a person who was
holding the office of Judge of the High Court may continue to perform the
functions of that office after attaining that age until he completes the preparation
and delivery of the decision or until he completes any other business in connection
with matters which he had started hearing before attaining that age.

110A.-(1) The procedure for dealing with discipline of Judges, for reasons
other than those specified in subarticle (2) shall be as prescribed under the law to
be enacted by the Parliament.
(2) A Judge of the High Court may be removed from office only for
inability to perform the functions of his office (either due to illness or to any other
reason) or for behaviour inconsistent with the ethics of office of Judge or with the
law concerning the ethics of public leaders and he shall not be so removed except
in accordance with the provisions of subarticle (4) of this Article.
(3) Where the President considers that the question of the removal of a
Judge from office needs to be investigated, then the procedure shall be as follows:
(a)
the President shall after consultation with the Chief Justice,
suspend that Judge from office;
(b)
the President shall appoint a Tribunal which shall consist of a
Chairman and not less than two other members. The Chairman and
with at least half of other members of the Special Tribunal must be
persons who are judges of the High Court or Justices of Appeal in
any country within the Commonwealth;
(c)
the Tribunal shall investigate the mater and make a report to the

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Judges’ oath of
office
Act No.14 of
1979
Art.6
Act No.15
of 1984,
Art.22

President, advising on the whole matter, and shall advise him
whether or not the Judge concerned should be removed from office
in accordance with the provisions of this Article on the grounds of
inability to perform his functions due to illness or any other reason
or on grounds of misbehaviour.
(4)
If the Tribunal appointed in accordance with the provisions of
subarticle (3) advises the President that the Judge the subject of investigation by
the Special Tribunal be removed from office on grounds of inability to perform
functions due to illness or any other reason or on grounds of misbehaviour, then
the President shall remove the Judge from office and the employment of that
Judge shall cease.
(5) If the question of removing a Judge from office has been referred to a
Tribunal for investigation pursuant to the provisions of subarticle (3) of this
Article, the President may suspend the Judge concerned from duty, and the
President may at any time rescind the decision to suspend such Judge, and in any
case such decision shall lapse if the Tribunal advises the President that the Judge
be not removed from office.
(6)
The provisions of this Article shall be without prejudice to the
provisions of subarticle (11) of Article 109 of this Constitution.

111. A Judge of the High Court shall not assume the functions of his
office until he has first taken and subscribed the oaths of allegiance and also such
other oath concerning the discharge of his duties as may be prescribed in
accordance with the law enacted by the Parliament.

PART III
THE JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION

Judicial
Service
Commission
Act No.14
of 1990
Art.7
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.22
Act No.14
of 1990
Art.6
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.17
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.20

112.-(1)
There shall be an Appointments Advisory Commission for
Judges and Magistrates in Mainland Tanzania which in this Constitution shall be
known as the “Judicial Service Commission”.
(2) Members of the Commission shall be -
(a)
the Chief Justice who shall be the Chairman;
(b)
the Attorney General;
(c)
a Justice of Appeal of Tanzania who shall be appointed in that
behalf by the President after consultation with the Chief Justice;
(d)
the Principal Judge; and
(e)
two members who shall be appointed by the President.
(3) A person shall not qualify to be appointed member of the Commission
under the provisions of paragraph (e) of subarticle (2) of this Article, if he is a
Member of Parliament or the holder of any other office prescribed in that behalf
by a law enacted Parliament.

(4) In discharging its functions, the Commission may delegate its duties

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Powers and
functions of the
Commission
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.20
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.7;
Act No.15
Art.22 and 24;
Act No.34
of 2005
Art.20

Membership in
political parties
Act No.34
of 1994
Art.18
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.20

to various Committees to be established in accordance with law enacted by
Parliament.

113.-(1) The functions of the Commission shall be –
(a)
to advise the President regarding appointments of the Judges of the
High Court;
(b)
to advise the President on matters relating to discipline of Judges;
(c)
to advice the President in relation to salaries and remuneration for
Judge;
(d)
to advise the President in respect of appointment and discipline for
Registrar of the Court of Appeal and the Registrar of the High
Court;
(e)
to appoint magistrates and control their discipline;
(f)
to establish various committees for purposes of implementation of
its functions.
(2) The powers of appointment, control of discipline and removal of
Judges from office shall vest in the President in accordance with the provisions of
this Constitution.
(3) Powers of appointments, confirmation, disciplinary and removal of
Registrars of the Court of Appeal and the High Court shall vest in the President.
(4) Powers of appointment, confirmation, disciplinary and removal of
magistrates of courts in Mainland Tanzania shall vest in the Commission
mentioned in Article 112.
(5) The Parliament may enact a law which shall make provisions relating
to implementation of the functions by the Commission.

113A. It is hereby prohibited for a Justice of Appeal, a Judge of the High
Court, a Registrar of any grade or a magistrate of any grade to join any political
party save only that he shall have the right to vote which is specified in Article 5
of this Constitution.

PART IV
THE HIGH COURT OF ZANZIBAR

The High Court
of Zanzibar
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.22

Jurisdiction of
the High Court
of Zanzibar

114. For the purposes of construing the provisions of this Chapter of this
Constitution, it is hereby declared that the provisions contained in this Chapter do
not prevent the continuance or establishment, in accordance with the law
applicable in Zanzibar of the High Court of Zanzibar or courts subordinate to it.

115.-(1)
Subject to Articles 83 and 116 of this Constitution, the
jurisdiction of the High Court of Zanzibar shall be as specified in the laws
applicable in Zanzibar.

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Act No.15
of 1984
Art.22 and
Art.25

Interpretation
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.25
and 26
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.21

Court of
Appeal of the
United
Republic and
its jurisdiction
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.8
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.27

Chief Justice
and Justices of
Appeal and
their
appointments
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.8
Act No.15
of 1984
Act No.7
of 1994
Ar.8(1), (k)
Art.28

(2) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution or of any other law
enacted by Parliament, where any law enacted by Parliament and which is
applicable in Mainland Tanzania and also in Tanzania Zanzibar vests any power
in the High Court, then the High Court of Zanzibar may exercise that power
concurrently with the High Court of the United Republic.

PART V
THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

116.-(1) Subject to the provisions of subarticle (2), the Chief Justice shall
have no power over any matter concerning the structure and administration of the
day-to-day business of the courts established in accordance with the Constitution
of Zanzibar, 1984, or any law of Tanzania Zanzibar.
(2) The Chief Justice shall from time to time consult with the Chief
Justice of Zanzibar concerning the administration of the business of the Court of
Appeal in general, and also concerning the appointment of Justices of Appeal.

117.-(1) There shall be a Court of Appeal of the United Republic of the
(to be referred to in short as “the Court of Appeal”) which shall have the
jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal as provided in this Constitution or any other
law.
(2) The Court of Appeal shall not have any jurisdiction in arbitration of
any matter which is to be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of Article
126 of this Constitution concerning a dispute between the Government of the
United Republic and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.
(3) The functions of the Court of Appeal shall be to hear and determine
every appeal brought before it arising from the judgment or other decision of the
High Court or of a magistrate with extended jurisdiction.
(4) A law enacted in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution
by Parliament or by the House of Representatives of Zanzibar may make
provisions stipulating procedure for lodging appeals in the Court of Appeal, the
time and grounds for lodging the appeals, and the manner in which such appeals
shall be dealt with.

118.-(1) There shall be a Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal (who in the
subsequent Articles of this Constitution shall be referred to in short as “the Chief
Justice”) and not less than four other Justices of Appeal; save that a full bench of
the Court of Appeal shall consist of not less than five Justices of Appeal.
(2) The Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President from amongst
persons who possess qualifications to be appointed as a Justice of Appeal and
shall be the Head of the Court of Appeal and of the Judiciary as defined in Article
116 of this Constitution and shall hold the office of a Chief Justice until he attains
the retirement age of the Justice of Appeal, except if -
(a)
he resigns; or
(b)
his office becomes vacant on grounds of illness or death; or
(c)
he is removed from the post of the Chief Justice by President.

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Act No.1
of 2005
Art.22

Jurisdiction of
Justice of
Appeal

(3) The other Justices of Appeal shall be appointed by the President after
consultation with the Chief Justice, from amongst persons who qualify to be
appointed Judges of the High Court of the United Republic as provided for in
Article 109 of this Constitution, or from amongst persons who qualify to be
appointed Judges of the High Court of Zanzibar in accordance with the laws
applicable in Zanzibar and have possessed such qualifications for a period of not
less than fifteen years.
(4) Whenever -
(a)
the office of Chief Justice is vacant, or
(b)
the Chief Justice is absent from Tanzania; or
(c)
the Chief Justice, for any reason, fails to discharge his duties,
and if, in the duration of any of these three events the President considers it
appropriate to appoint an Acting Chief Justice, then the President may appoint an
Acting Chief Justice from among Justices of Appeal.
(5) The Acting Justice of Appeal shall perform the duties of the Chief
Justice until another Chief Justice is appointed or until the Chief Justice who was
absent from Tanzania or was unable to discharge his duties resumes duty.
(6) In the event that an office of Justice of Appeal is vacant or that any
Justice of Appeal is appointed Acting Chief Justice or if the Justice of Appeal is
for any reason unable to exercise of his office, or if the Chief Justice advises the
President that the State of business then obtaining in the Court of Appeal requires
the appointment of an Acting Justice of Appeal, then the President may, after
consultation with the Chief Justice, appoint an Acting Justice of Appeal from
amongst persons holding qualifications for appointment as Justice of Appeal in
accordance with the provisions of subarticle (4) of this Article.
(7) Any person appointed Acting Justice of Appeal shall continue to hold
the office of Acting Justice of Appeal for any period specified at the time of his
appointment, until his appointment is revoked by the President, but not
withstanding that the period of appointment has expired or that the appointment
has been revoked, such person may continue to work as Acting Justice of Appeal
for as long as may be necessary to enable him to prepare and deliver judgment or
to do any other thing in relation to appeals or any other proceedings which were
commenced before him prior to the expiration of such period, or the revocation of
his appointment.
(8) For the avoidance of doubt over the construction of the provisions of
subarticle (1) of Article 119 of this Constitution, it is hereby declared that a person
appointed an Acting Justice of Appeal shall have full power of a Justice of Appeal
and shall discharge all duties of Justices of Appeal, and that the quorum of Justice
of Appeal mentioned in Article 122 of this Constitution shall not be invalid on
ground only that one or more than one Justice of Appeal at any sitting is an Acting
Justice of Appeal.
(9) The office of Justice of Appeal shall not be abolished while there is a
person holding the office of the Justice of Appeal.

119. No Justice of Appeal shall have jurisdiction to hear any matter in the
High Court or in any magistrates’ court of any grade:

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Act No.14
of 1979
Art.8
and Act No.15
of 1984
Art.29

Tenure of
office of
Justices of
Appeal
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.8
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.30
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.23

Procedures
relating to
discipline of
Justices of
Appeal
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.24

Provided that where a Judge of the High Court is appointed Justice of
Appeal he may, notwithstanding such appointment, discharge his functions in the
High Court until he completes the preparation and delivery of the decision or until
he completes any other business in connection with matters which he had started
hearing before his appointment as a Justice of Appeal, and for that purpose it shall
be lawful for him to deliver judgment or any other decision concerned in the
exercise of the jurisdiction he had before he was appointed Justice of Appeal;
provided that where ultimately that judgment or decision is challenged by way of
appeal to the Court of Appeal, then in such circumstances that Justice of Appeal
shall not have jurisdiction to hear that appeal.

120.-(1) Every Justice of Appeal shall vacate his office upon attaining the
age of sixty-five, but the provisions of this subarticle shall apply subject to the
subsequent provisions of this Article.

(2) Any Justice of Appeal may vacate office in the service of the Untied
Republic at any time on attaining the age of sixty five years except where the
President directs that he should not vacate office, and if the President so directs,
then the Justice to whom the directions of the President relate shall not vacate
office until the expiry of the period specified by the President for that purpose.
(3) In the event that the President considers it to be in the public interest
that a Justice of Appeal who has attained sixty-five years of age continue in office,
and the Justice of Appeal agrees in writing to continue in office, then the President
may direct that the Justice of Appeal continue in office for any period which may
be specified by the President.
(4) Notwithstanding that a Justice of Appeal has attained the age at which
he is required by the provisions of this Article to vacate his office, a person who
was holding the office of Justice of Appeal may continue to perform the functions
of that office after attaining that age until he completes the preparation and
delivery of decision or until he completes any other business in connection with
matters which he had started hearing before attaining that age.

120A.-(1) The procedure for dealing with discipline of Justices of Appeal
for offences other than those specified under subarticle (2), shall be as prescribed
under the law to be enacted by the Parliament.

(2) A Justice of Appeal may be removed from office of a Justice of
Appeal for reason of inability to perform the functions of his office (either due to
illness or to any other reason) or for misbehaviour and shall not be removed from
office except in accordance with procedural provisions similar to those prescribed
for removal from office of the Judge of the High Court as stipulated in subarticle
(2) and (3) of Article 110A of this Constitution, and for that purpose the
provisions of subarticle (4) of Article 110A shall apply to the Justice of Appeal in
the same manner as applied to the Judge of the High Court.
(3) The provisions of this Article shall apply without prejudice to the
provisions of subarticle (5) of Article 118 of this Constitution.

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Oath of office
of Justices of
Appeal
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.8
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.31

Quorum at
sittings of the
Court of
Appeal
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.8
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.32
Act No.7
of 1994
Ar.8(1), (k)

Jurisdiction of
a single Justice
of Appeal
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.8
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.33

121. A Justice of Appeal shall not assume office unless he has taken and
subscribed the oaths of allegiance and such other oath as may be prescribed by
legislation enacted by Parliament.

122.-(1) The quorum at every sitting of the Court of Appeal shall be not
less than three Justices of Appeal.
(2) In every appeal a matter which requires the decision by the Court of
Appeal shall be decided on the basis of the majority opinion of the Justices of
Appeal hearing the appeal.

Execution of
court orders in
the whole of
Tanzania

Act No.15
of 1984
Art.34
Act No.3
of 2000 Arti.17

123. A single Justice of Appeal may exercise any power vested in the
Court of Appeal not involving the determination of an appeals; except that -
(a)
in criminal matters, where a Justice of Appeal on an application for
the exercise of those powers makes a decision which the applicant
is dissatisfied with, then the applicant shall be entitled to require to
have his application determined by the full Court;
(b)
in civil matters, the Court of Appeal may nullify or alter an order,
direction, or decision of any other kind made by a single Justice of
Appeal in accordance with the provisions of this Article.

PART VI
PROCEDURE FOR SERVICE OF NOTICES AND EXECUTION
OF ORDERS ISSUED BY THE COURTS

124.-(1) The criminal and civil process, including warrants of arrest
issued by the Courts in Mainland Tanzania and in Tanzania Zanzibar may be
served and may be executed in any place in Tanzania subject to the following
provisions -
(a)
where the court issues process to be served or executed in a place
w here it has no jurisdiction, such process shall be sent to that place
and the service or execution shall be effected in accordance with
the procedure obtaining for service or execution of process issued
by the court having jurisdiction in that area; and

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where the law applicable in the place where the process is sent
requires that a process issued by a court which has no jurisdiction
be authenticated first by the court having local jurisdiction, then
every process issued by the court elsewhere has to be authenticated
first in accordance with the law before service or execution of such
process.
(2) Where a person is arrested anywhere in Tanzania in accordance with
an arrest warrant issued by a court having no jurisdiction in the area of arrest, then
the person so arrested shall be deemed to be in lawful custody and be brought
before the court which issued the arrest warrant, but the provisions contained in
this subarticle shall apply without prejudice to the provisions of the law applicable
in the place of the arrest.
(3)
The provisions contained in this Article shall not prevent the
enactment of a law providing for the procedure of sending process outside
Tanzania issued by the courts in Mainland Tanzania or Tanzania Zanzibar.

(b)

PART VII
THE SPECIAL CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF
THE UNITED REPUBLIC

125. There is hereby established the Special Constitutional Court of the
United Republic whose jurisdiction, constitution and procedure shall be as
stipulated in the provisions of Articles 126, and 128 of this Constitution.

Special
Constitutional
Court
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.35
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.17

Jurisdiction of
the Special
Constitutional
Court
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.9
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.36

Composition of
the Special
Constitutional
Court

126.-(1) The sole function of the Special Constitutional Court of the
United Republic is to hear and give a conciliatory decision over a matter referred
to it concerning the interpretation of this Constitution where such interpretation or
its application is in dispute between the Government of the United Republic and
the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.
(2) In the exercise of its functions in accordance with the provisions of
this Article, the Special Constitutional Court shall not have power to inquire into
or to alter the decision of the High Court or the decision of the Court of Appeal
which has been given in accordance with the provisions of Article 83 of this
Constitution or the decision of the Court of Appeal which has been given in
accordance with Article 117 of this Constitution.
(3) Every conciliatory decision given by the Special Constitutional Court
pursuant to this Article shall be final; there shall be no right of appeal to any
forum.

127.-(1) The Special Constitutional Court shall consist of members of
whom one half shall be appointed by the Government of the United Republic and
the other half shall be appointed by the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.

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Act No.14
Of 1979
Art.10
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.37

Procedure at
sittings of the
Special
Constitutional
Court
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.37
Act No.7
of 1994
Art.8(1)(k)

(2) A person may be appointed a member of the Special Constitutional
Court only if he holds or has previously held the office of Justice of Appeal, or of
Judge of the High Court of the United Republic of Tanzania or of the High Court
of Zanzibar, or he is a person who has the ability and experience which qualify
him to be appointed to the office of Judge or Acting Judge under the law for the
time being in force, in Mainland Tanzania or in Tanzania Zanzibar, as the case
may be.
(3) A person may be appointed a member of the Special Constitutional
Court either for purposes of determining one or two or more if any a member shall
continue to execute his duties as a member of the Special Constitutional Court
until the determination of the dispute in relation to which he is appointed or his
appointment is revoked or until he fails to perform his duties as a member due to
illness or any other reason.

128.-(1) The Special Constitutional Court shall hold its sittings only
when there is a dispute to be heard, and shall sit in any place to be decided upon in
accordance with the procedure applicable for the purposes of hearing disputes
submitted to the Special Constitutional Court.
(2) The quorum for every sitting of the Special Constitutional Court shall
be all its members, and where any member is absent or the seat of any member is
vacant, then the Government which had appointed that member who is absent or
whose seat is vacant shall appoint another member to replace him. A temporary
member appointed in accordance with this subarticle shall continue to hold office
in the Special Constitutional Court until the substantive member resumes duty or
until a person is appointed to fill the vacancy or until the dispute is determined,
whichever of these events occurs earlier.
(3) Every matter requiring a decision of the Special Constitutional Court
shall be determined on the basis of the opinion of two-thirds of the members
appointed from Mainland Tanzania and two-thirds of the members appointed from
Tanzania Zanzibar.
(4) Parliament may enact legislation providing for the election of the
Chairman of the Special Constitutional Court, the procedure for the submission of
disputes to the Court, the procedure for the hearing of disputes and the procedure
for the transmission of the decisions of the Court to the Governments:
Provided that where any matter is referred to the Special Constitutional
Court before the enactment of the law referred to in this subarticle, the matter will
be heard and decided in accordance with the procedures to be decided upon by
the Court itself before hearing the matter, or if members of the Court fail to agree
on such procedure, then the matter shall be heard and decided in accordance with
the procedure to be decided upon by the Government of the Untied Republic in
collaboration with the Revolution Government of Zanzibar.

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CHAPTER SIX
THE COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
AND THE PUBLIC LEADERS ETHICS SECRETARIAT

PART I
THE COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

Commission
for Human
Rights and
Good
Governance
Act No.3 of
2000 Art.18

129.-(1) There shall be a Commission to be known as the Commission
for Human Rights and Good Governance, whose functions shall be as prescribed
in Article 130 of this Constitution.
(2) The Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance shall
consist of the following Commissioners –
(a)
the Chairman, who shall be a person who possess qualifications for
appointment as a Judge;
(b)
the Vice Chairman, who shall be appointed on the basis of
principle if the Chairman hails from one part of the United
Republic, that other person shall hail from the other part of the
United Republic;
(c)
other Commissioners not exceeding five who shall be appointed
from amongst persons who possess skills, experience and wide
knowledge in matters relating to human rights, law, administration,
political or social affairs;
(d)
Assistant Commissioners.
(3)
All Commissioners and the Assistant Commissioners shall be
appointed by the President after consultation with the Nomination Committee.
(4) There shall be a Nomination Committee for purposes of this Article
which shall consist of the following members -
(a)
the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal;
(b)
the Speaker of the National Assembly;
(c)
the Chief Justice of Zanzibar;
(d)
the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and
(e)
the Deputy Attorney General, who shall be Secretary of this
Committee.
(5) A Chairman, Vice Chairman and all other Commissioners, shall each
hold office for a period of three years and may be re-appointed for another only
one term of three years.
(6)
For purposes of protection of Commissioners from conflict of
interests, any person who is appointed as Commissioner of the Commission shall
immediately abandon any office held by him in any political party or any other
office which shall be mentioned on that behalf by a law enacted by the Parliament.
(7) A Commissioner or Assistant Commissioner may only be removed
from office for reasons of failure to discharge his duties or due to illness or any
other reason, or for reason of his misconduct that affects code of conduct for
Commissioner.
(8) The Commission may discharge its duties notwithstanding that there
is vacant office among the seats of Commissioners or that one of the members is

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Functions
of the
Commission
and the
performance
procedures
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.17
G.N.No.133
of 2001

absent.

130.-(1) Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance shall
discharge the following functions –
(a)
to sensitise countrywide about preservation of human rights and
duties to the public in accordance with the Constitution and the
laws of the land;
(b)
to receive complaints in relation to violation of human rights in
general;
(c)
to conduct inquiry on matters relating to infringement of human
rights and violation of principles of good governance;
(d)
to conduct research, to impart or disseminate to the public
countrywide education in respect of human rights and good
governance;
(e)
if necessary, to institute proceedings in court in order to prevent
violation of human rights or to restore a right that was caused by
that infringement of human rights, or violation of principles of
good governance;
(f)
inquire into the conduct of any person concerned and any
institution concerned in relation to the ordinary performance of his
duties or functions or abuse of the authority of his office;
(g)
to advice the Government and other public Institutions and private
sector in respect of human rights and good governance;
(h)
to take necessary action in order to promote and enhance
conciliation and reconciliation among persons and various
institutions appearing or being brought before the Commission.
(2) The Commission shall be an autonomous department, and without
prejudice to other provisions of this Article, in exercising its powers in accordance
with this Constitution, the Commission shall not be bound to comply with
directive or orders of any person or any department of government, or any opinion
of any political party or of any public or private sector institution.
(3) The provisions of subarticle (2) shall not be construed as restricting
the President from giving directive or orders to the Commission, nor are they
conferring a right to the Commission of not complying with directions or orders, if
the President is satisfied that in respect of any matter or any state of affair, public
interest so requires.
(4)
The Commission shall conduct inquiry in accordance with the
provisions of this Article and of any law enacted in that behalf by the Parliament,
and shall inquire into the conduct of any person concerned or of any institution
concerned whenever the President directs to conduct inquiry; likewise, except as
the President directs the Commission not to conduct investigation the Commission
may conduct investigation whenever it deems necessary to inquire into the
conduct of any person concerned, or any institution concerned with the provisions
of this Article who is suspected or which is suspected to have abused the authority
of his office, misused the authority of his office or the functions of such institution
or for violation of human rights and principles of good governance.

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Powers of the
Commission
and procedures
for its duties
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.18

(5) The Commission shall not have powers, either pursuant to the Article
or any provisions of any law enacted by the Parliament for purposes of this
Chapter of this Constitution to inquire into decision of any Judge, Magistrate or of
the Court if such decision was made in the course of exercise of the powers of his
office; likewise, the Commission shall not have a power to inquire into any
decision made by any or Tribunal established in accordance with a law if that
decision was made in the discharge of its functions.
(6) The provisions of this Article shall apply to persons employed in the
service of the Government of the United Republic and those of the Revolutionary
Government of Zanzibar, employees and leaders of the political parties who deal
with public affairs, members and employees of all Commissions of the
Government of the United Republic and the Revolutionary Government of
Zanzibar parastatal organizations and other public or private organs, companies,
community, associations, trustees or any other schemes, as prescribed by the law
enacted by the Parliament; but these provisions shall not apply to the President or
Leader of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, except only in accordance
with the provisions of Article 46 of this Constitution or Article 36 of the
Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984.

131.-(1) Without prejudice to other provisions of this Article, the
Parliament may enact a law pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter of this
Constitution for purposes of prescribing provisions in respect of authority of the
Commission, procedures for conducting its business and legal immunities for
Commissioners and employees of the Commission which shall enable them to
discharge their duties without legal constraints.
(2) The Commission shall not inquire the following matters, for purposes
of discharging its functions, that is to say -
(a)
any matter which is before a Court or any Tribunal;
(b)
any matter concerning relationship or cooperation between the
Government and a foreign Government of any country or
international organization;
(c)
any matter concerning powers of the President to award remission;
(d)
any other matter that is mentioned in any law.
(3) In any financial year, the Commission shall prepare and submit to the
Minister responsible for human rights a report in respect of -
(a)
activities of the Commission in the preceding year;
(b)
implementation of preservation of human rights in the United
Republic,
and, the Minister shall table before the National Assembly each report submitted
to him as soon as practicable after receipt.
(4) The provisions of subarticle (3) shall not be construed as restricting
the Commission from submitting any other report to any person or any other
authority.

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Public Leaders’
Ethics
Secretariat
Act No.1
of 1980
Art.15
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.39
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.35
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.18

PART II
PUBLIC LEADERS’ ETHICS SECRETARIAT

132.-(1) There is hereby established a Public Leaders’ Ethics Secretariat
which shall have power to inquire into the behaviour and conduct of any public
leader for the purpose of ensuring that the provisions of the law concerning the
ethics of public leaders are duly complied with.
(2) For the purposes of this Article, the meaning of “public leader” and
“code of ethics for public leaders” shall be construed in accordance with the
provisions of the law concerning the ethics of public leaders or the provisions of
any other law enacted by Parliament in so far as such provisions relate to the
question of leadership and its interpretation.
(3) The Public Leader’s Ethics Secretariat shall consist of the Ethics
Commissioner and such other employees whose number shall be as specified by a
law enacted by Parliament.
(4) Parliament shall enact a law stipulating basic rules of ethics for public
leaders which shall be complied with by all persons holding public office which
shall be specified by such law.
(5) Basic rules of ethics for public leaders shall -
(a)
spell out public offices the holders of which shall be subject
thereto;
(b)
require persons holding certain public offices to make a formal
declaration from time to time concerning their income, assets and
liabilities;
(c)
prohibit conduct and behaviour which tend to portray that a leader
is dishonest, practices favouritism or lacks integrity, or which tends
to promote or encourage corrupt practices in public affairs or
jeopardizes public interest or welfare;
(d)
prescribe penalties which may be imposed for breaches of the code
of ethics;
(e)
provide for procedure, powers and practice to be applied in order to
ensure compliance with the code of ethics;
(f)
prescribe any other provisions as are appropriate or necessary for
the purpose of promoting and maintaining honesty, transparency,
impartiality and integrity in the conduct of public affairs and for
the protection of public funds and any other public property.
(6) Parliament may, by law, provide for the dismissal or removal of a
person from office for breaches of the code of ethics regardless of whether the
office is elective or appointive.

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Joint Finance
Account
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.42
G.N.No.133
of 2001

Joint Finance
Commission
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.42

Consolidated
Fund of the
Government of
the United
Republic
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.43

CHAPTER SEVEN
PROVISIONS REGARDING THE FINANCES OF
THE UNITED REPUBLIC

PART I
CONTRIBUTION AND ALLOCATION OF THE REVENUE
OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

133. The Government of the United Republic shall maintain a special
account to be known as “the Joint Finance Account”, and which shall form part of
the Consolidated Fund of the United Republic into which shall be paid all the
moneys contributed by the two Governments in such proportions as shall be
determined by the Joint Finance Commission in accordance with a law enacted by
Parliament for the purposes of the business of the United Republic in relation to
Union Matters.

134.-(1) There is hereby established a Joint Finance Commission
consisting of not more than seven members who shall be appointed by the
President in accordance with this Article and the provisions of a law enacted by
Parliament.
(2) The functions of the Commission shall be -
(a)
to analyze the revenue and expenditure arising from, or relating to
the management of affairs concerning Union Matters, and to make
recommendations to the two Governments concerning the
contribution by, and the allocation to each of the Governments;
(b)
to keep under constant scrutiny the fiscal system of the United
Republic and also the relations between the two Governments in
relation to financial matters;
(c)
to discharge other functions which the President shall assign to the
Commission or as the President may direct, and in accordance with
a law enacted by Parliament.

PART II
THE CONSOLIDATED FUND AND THE FINANCES
OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC

135.-(1) All revenue derived from various sources for the use of the
Government of the United Republic, except for the type of revenue specified in
subarticle (2) of this Article, shall be paid into one special fund to be known as the
Consolidated Fund of the Government of the United Republic.
(2) The revenue which shall not be paid into the Consolidated Fund of the
Government of the United Republic is that which has been specified by law to be
used for a specified purpose or to be paid into another fund for special use.

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Conditions for
withdrawal of
moneys from
Consolidated
Fund
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.43

136.-(1) Moneys shall not be paid out of the Consolidated Fund of the
Government of the United Republic for expenditure save in accordance with the
following terms:

such money should be for the purpose of expenditure which has
been authorized to be charged upon the Consolidated Fund of the
Government of the United Republic by this Constitution or by any
other law; or
(b)
such money is for expenditure which has been authorized either by
Appropriation Act enacted by Parliament for that purpose or a law
enacted by Parliament in accordance with the provisions of Article
140 of this Constitution.
(2)
Moneys in any special fund of the Government other than the
Consolidated Fund of the Government of the United Republic shall not be paid
out for expenditure unless and until such expenditure has been authorized by law.
(3) Moneys in the Consolidated Fund of the Government of the United
Republic shall not be paid out of that Fund for the purpose of expenditure unless
and until such expenditure has been approved by the Controller and Auditor-
General, and also on condition that such money shall have been paid out in
accordance with a procedure prescribed for that purpose pursuant to a law enacted
by Parliament.

(a)

Procedure for
authorization
of expenditure
of moneys
from the
Consolidated
Fund
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.43

137.-(1) The President shall give directives to persons concerned to
prepare and submit to the National Assembly in each Government financial year
estimates of the revenue and expenditure of the Government of the United
Republic for the next financial year.
(2)
After the National Assembly has approved the estimates of
expenditure (apart from the expenditure charged on the Consolidated Fund by this
Constitution or by any other law) a Bill to be known as an Appropriation Bill shall
be introduced into the National Assembly for the purpose of authorizing the issue
from the Consolidated Fund of the sums necessary to meet the expenditure for the
various activities of the Government involved in those estimates.
(3) Where in any financial year it is found that -
(a)
the amount of money appropriated by the Appropriation Act for a
certain purpose is insufficient or it has been necessary to incur
expenditure in respect of an activity for which no amount has been
appropriated under the Act; or
(b)
money has been expended for a certain purpose in excess of the
amount appropriated for it by the Appropriation Act or that money
has been expended for a purpose for which no amount was
appropriated under the Act,
there shall be presented before the National Assembly a supplementary estimate
or, as the case may be, a statement of excess, and after the National Assembly has
approved the supplementary estimate or the statement of excess there shall be
introduced into the National Assembly a supplementary Appropriation Bill for the
purpose of authorizing the issue of funds from the Consolidated Fund of the
government of the United Republic, and such moneys shall be used to meet the

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Conditions of
taxation
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.43

Procedure for
authorization
of expenditure
in advance of
appropriation
Act
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.43

Contingencies
Fund and
virement
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.43

Public Debt
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.43

cost of the activities involved in the supplementary estimates or statement of
excess.

138.-(1) No tax of any kind shall be imposed save in accordance with a
law enacted by Parliament or pursuant to a procedure lawfully prescribed and
having the force of law by virtue of a law enacted by Parliament.

(2)
The provisions contained in subarticle (1) of this Act shall not
preclude the House of Representatives of Zanzibar from exercising its powers to
impose tax of any kind in accordance with the authority of that House.

139.-(1) Parliament may enact a law providing for the authorization of
expenditure of moneys from the Consolidated Fund of the Government of the
United Republic in accordance with a procedure prescribed in sub-article (2) of
this Article.
(2) Where the financial year of the Government has begun and the
Appropriation Act in relation to that year has not come into operation, then the
President may authorize the issue of moneys from the Consolidated Fund of the
Government of the United Republic for the purposes of meeting the expenses of
essential business of the Government, and such moneys shall be expended until
the expiration of four months from the beginning of the financial year, or until the
Appropriation Act comes into operation, depending whichever occurs earlier.

140.-(1) Parliament may enact a law providing for the following:
(a)
the establishment of a Contingencies Fund and authorizing the
President or a Minister appointed by the President in that behalf to
borrow money from that Fund to meet the costs of an urgent and
unforeseen need for which no funds had been provided; and
(b)
authorizing the President or a Minister appointed by the President
in that behalf to apply money specifically appropriated for certain
business to meet the costs of an urgent and unforeseen need as
referred to in paragraph (a) of this subarticle.
(2) Where money has been borrowed from the Contingencies Fund, or
money specifically appropriated for a certain purpose is applied to meet the costs
of an urgent and unforeseen need, then there shall be presented before the
National Assembly supplementary estimates, and after the National Assembly has
approved the supplementary estimates, a supplementary Appropriation Bill which
shall be introduced into the National Assembly for the purpose of authorizing such
additional expenditure shall ensure that any moneys borrowed from the
Contingencies Fund shall be reimbursed from the moneys the expenditure of
which shall be authorized by that Bill

141.-(1)
The public debt of the United shall be secured on the
Consolidated Fund of the Government of the United Republic.

(2) For the purposes of interpretation of this Article, “the public debt”
means the debt itself and also the interest charged on it, sinking fund payments in

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Remuneration
of certain
holders of
public offices
to be a charge
on
Consolidated
Fund

Act No.15
of 1984
Art.43

Controller and
Auditor
General of the
United
Republic
Act No.14
of 1979
Art.11
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.43

respect of that debt and the costs, charges and expenses incidental to the
management of that debt.

142.-(1) Holders of public office to whom the provisions of this Article
apply shall be paid salaries and allowances as shall be prescribed by a law enacted
by a Parliament.
(2) The moneys for the salaries and allowances payable to the holders of
offices to whom the provisions of this Article apply together with pension and
gratuity for those entitled to such payments shall be a charge on the Consolidated
Fund of the Government of the United Republic.
(3) The salary payable to the holder of a public office to whom the
provisions of this Article apply together with his terms and conditions of service
shall not be varied in a manner which is less beneficial to him, but these
provisions shall not apply to allowances payable to the holder of such office.
(4) Where the holder of a public office to whom the provisions of this
Article apply has the option to choose the salary or the terms and conditions of
service, then for the purpose of construing the provisions of subarticle (3) of this
Article, the salary, the terms and conditions of service which he chooses shall be
deemed to be more beneficial to him than any other salary or terms and conditions
of service which he could have opted for.
(5) The provisions of this Article shall apply to a Justice of Appeal, a
Judge of the High Court of the United Republic, the Chairman and every member
of the Commission from Human Rights and Good Governance of Enquiry and the
Controller and Auditor General of the government of the United Republic.

143.-(1) There shall be a Controller and Auditor-General of the United
Republic.
(2) The Controller and Auditor-General shall have the responsibility over
the following matters:
(a)
to ensure that the use of any moneys proposed to be paid out of the
Consolidated Fund has been authorized and that the funds shall be
paid out in accordance with the provisions of Article 136 of this
Constitution, and where he is satisfied that those provisions shall
be duly complied with, then he shall authorize payment of such
moneys;
(b)
to ensure that all the moneys the payment of which has been
authorized to be charged on the Consolidated Fund of the
Government of the Untied Republic, or the moneys the use of
which has been authorized by a law enacted by Parliament and
which have been spent, have been applied to the purposes
connected with the use of such moneys and that such expenditure
has been incurred in accordance with the authorization for such
expenditure; and
(c)
at least once every year to audit and give an audit report in respect
of the accounts of the Government of the Untied Republic, the
accounts managed by all officers of the Government of the Untied

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Removal from
office of
Controller and
Auditor-
General
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.43
Act No.12
of 1995
Art.19

Republic and the accounts of all courts of the United Republic and
the accounts managed by the Clerk of the National Assembly.
(3)
The Controller and Auditor-General and every employee of the
Government who is authorized by him shall have the right to examine books
records, statements of accounts, reports and all other documents concerning any
type of account referred to in subarticle (2) of this Article.
(4) The Controller and Auditor-General shall submit to the President
every report he makes pursuant to the provisions of subarticle (2) of this Article.
Upon receipt of such report the President shall direct the persons concerned to
submit that report before the first sitting of the National Assembly which shall be
held after the President has received the report and it shall have to be submitted to
such sitting before the expiration of seven days from the day the sitting of the
National Assembly began. If the President does not take steps of submitting such
report to the National Assembly, then the Controller and Auditor-General shall
submit the report to the Speaker of the National Assembly (or the Deputy Speaker
if the office of the Speaker is vacant then, or if for any reason the Speaker is
unable to perform the functions of his office) who shall submit the report to the
National Assembly.
(5) The Controller and Auditor-General shall also have responsibility of
discharging other duties and functions, and shall have other various powers as
shall be specified by the law concerning the accounts of the Government of the
United Republic or the accounts of other public authorities or other bodies.
(6) In the discharge of his functions in accordance with the provisions of
subarticles (2), (3) and (4) of this Article, the Controller and Auditor-General shall
not be obliged to comply with the order or direction of any other person or
Government Department, but the provisions of this subarticle shall not preclude a
court from exercising jurisdiction to enquire into whether the Controller and
Auditor-General has discharged his functions in accordance with the provisions of
this Constitution or not.

144.-(1) Without prejudice to the other provisions of this Article, the
Controller and Auditor-General of the United Republic shall be obliged to vacate
office upon attaining the age of sixty or any other age which shall be prescribed
by a law enacted by Parliament.
(2) The Controller and Auditor-General may be removed from office only
for inability to perform the functions of his office (either due to illness or to any
other reason) or for misbehaviour, or for violating the provisions of the law
concerning the ethics of public leaders and shall not be so removed except in
accordance with the provisions of subarticle (4) of this Article.
(3) if the President considers that the question of the removal of the
Controller and Auditor-General from office under the provisions of this Article
needs to be investigated, then the procedure shall be as follows:
(a)
the President shall appoint a Special Tribunal which shall consist of
a Chairman and not less than two other members. The Chairman
and at least half of the other members of that Special Tribunal shall
be persons who are or have been Judges of the High Court or of the

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Court of Appeal in any country within the Commonwealth;
(b)
the Special Tribunal shall investigate and submit report to the
President on whole matter and shall advise him whether or not the
Controller and Auditor General should be removed from office in
accordance with the provisions of this Article on the grounds of
inability to perform his functions due to illness or any other reason
or on grounds of misbehaviour.
(4) If the Special Tribunal appointed in accordance with the provisions of
subarticle (3) advises the President that the Controller and Auditor-General be
removed from office on grounds of inability to perform functions of his office due
to illness or any other reason or on grounds of misbehaviour, then the President
shall remove him from office.
(5) If the question of removing the Controller and Auditor-General has
been referred to a Special Tribunal for investigation pursuant to the provisions of
this Article, the President may suspend the Controller and Auditor-General from
office, and the President may at any time rescind the decision to suspend the
Controller and Auditor-General and in any case such decision shall lapse if the
Special Tribunal advises the President that the Controller and Auditor-General be
not removed from office.
(6) A person who holds or who has held the office of Controller and
Auditor-General shall not be appointed to, or act in, any other office in the service
of the Government of the Untied Republic.
(7) The provisions of this Article shall not apply to any person appointed
acting Controller and Auditor-General.

CHAPTER EIGHT
PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

The local
government
authorities
Act No.15

of 1984
Art.50

Functions of
Local
Government
Authorities
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.50

145.-(1) There shall be established local government authorities in each
region, district, urban area and village in the United Republic, which shall be of
the type and designation prescribed by law to be enacted by Parliament or by the
House of Representatives.
(2) Parliament or the House of Representatives, as the case may be, shall
enact a law providing for the establishment of local government authorities, their
structure and composition, sources of revenue and procedure for the conduct of
their business.

146.-(1) The purpose of having local government authorities is to transfer
authority to the people. Local government authorities shall have the right and
power to participate, and to involve the people, in the planning and
implementation of development programmes within their respective areas and
generally throughout the country.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subarticle (1) of this Article, a
local government authority, in conformity with the provisions of the law
establishing it, shall have the following functions:
(a)
to perform the functions of local government within its area;

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(b)

(c)

to ensure the enforcement of law and public safety of the people;
and
to consolidate democracy within its area and to apply it to
accelerate the development of the people.

CHAPTER NINE
THE ARMED FORCES

Prohibition to
raise and
maintain armed
forces
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.49
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.36
G.N.No.133
of 2001

Powers of
Commander in-
Chief
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.49

147.-(1) It is hereby prohibited for any person or any organization or any
group of persons except the Government to raise or maintain in Tanzania an
armed force of any kind.

(2) The Government of the United Republic may, in accordance with law,
raise and maintain in Tanzania armed forces of various types for the purposes of
the defence and security of the territory and the people of Tanzania.

(3) It is hereby prohibited for any member of the defence and security
forces to join any political party, save only that he shall have the right to vote
which right is specified under Article 5 of this Constitution.

(4) For the purposes of this Article, the expression “member of the
defence and security forces” means a member in the service of the Defence
Forces, the Police Force, the Prisons Service or the National Service, whether on
temporary or permanent terms.

148.-(1)
Without prejudice-to the provisions of any law enacted by
Parliament, among the powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief of the
Armed Forces is to command the Armed Forces to engage in military operations
connected with the defence of the United Republic, rescue operations to save life
and property in times of emergency and other matters which the Commander-in-
Chief shall deem necessary, and to that end the Commander-in –Chief may
command the Armed Forces to engage in those operations in or outside Tanzania.
(2) Without prejudice to the provisions of a law enacted by Parliament,
power over the following matters shall vest in the Commander-in-Chief, that is to
say:
(a)
the appointment of top commanding officers in the Armed Forces
of the United Republic;
(b)
the recruitment of persons into and their removal from the Armed
Forces;
(c)
the appointment of commanders of various units of the Armed
Forces; and
(d)
the suspension of any power vested in any member of the Armed
Forces and pertaining to his being a member of such Force.
(3) Anything done by any member of the Armed Forces in contravention
of an order issued by the Commander-in-Chief pursuant to the provisions of
subarticles (1) and (2) of this Article shall be void.

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CHAPTER TEN
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Provisions
relating to
designation
from various
offices
established by
this
Constitution
Act No.1
of 1980
Art.16
Act No.15
of 1984

Art.52
Act No.4
of 1992
Art.37

149.-(1) Any person holding any office established by this Constitution
(including the office of Minister, Deputy Minister, or Member of Parliament,
except an ex-officio Member of Parliament) may resign by giving notice in
writing and signed by him, in accordance with the following procedure:
(a)
if such person was appointed or nominated by one person, then
such notice of resignation shall be submitted to the person who
appointed or nominated him, or where he was appointed, or
nominated by a body of persons, then such notice of resignation
shall be submitted to that body of persons;
(b)
if that person is the holder of the office of President, then the notice
of resignation shall be submitted to the Speaker;
(c)
if that person is the Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the National
Assembly, the notice of resignation shall be submitted to the
National Assembly; and

if that person is a Member of Parliament, then that notice of
resignation shall be submitted to the Speaker.
(2)
A person who has given notice of resignation pursuant to the
provisions of subarticle (1) of this Article shall be deemed to have resigned from
the day the notice of resignation is received by the person or body or persons
concerned, or when it is received by any person authorized by a person or body of
persons concerned to receive the notice of resignation, but where the notice of
resignation states that that person will resign some later day after the receipt of
that notice by the person or body of persons concerned, then that person shall be
deemed to have resigned from such later day.
(3) Where any person holding any office established by this Constitution
(including the office of the Minister, Deputy Minister or Member of Parliament,
except an ex officio Member of Parliament) resigns, then, if he has all the
necessary qualifications and is in every respect eligible, he may be reappointed or
renominated to hold such office in accordance with the provisions of this
Constitution.
(4) Nothing in the provisions of subarticle (3) shall preclude a person
holding the office of President from being re-elected to that office while he holds
the office of President.

(d)

Provisions
relating to
procedure of
succession to
office in
Government
service

150.-(1)
For the purpose of interpreting the provisions of this
Constitution in relation to the procedure of appointment to the service of the
Government of the United Republic, it is hereby declared that any person having
power pursuant to this Constitution to appoint or nominate another person to hold
a certain office has also the power to appoint or nominate a person to act in, or to
temporarily perform the functions of, that office:

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Act No.14
of 1979
Art.12
Act No.1
of 1980
Art.16
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.52

Interpretation
Act No.15
of 1984,
Art.51 and
Art.53
Act No.4
of 1992,
Art.38
Act No.3
of 2000
Art.19
G.N.No.133
of 2001
Act No.1
of 2005
Art.25

Provided that these provisions shall not apply to the offices of Minister,
Deputy Minister, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Judge of the High Court,
Member of the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance or Member
of the Electoral Commission.
(2) The following rules shall also apply for the purposes of interpreting
the provisions of this Constitution concerning the procedure of appointment to
offices in the services of the Government of the United Republic:
(a)
where a person holding a certain office pursuant to the provisions
of the Constitution is on leave pending vacation of office, then
another person may be appointed to that office, notwithstanding
that the other person is still in service;
(b)
where two or more persons concurrently hold a certain office
pursuant to their appointment in accordance with the rules laid
down in
paragraph (a) of this subarticle, then in those
circumstances if the need arises to perform any duty connected
with that office the person last appointed shall be deemed to be the
only person holding such office;
(c)
where pursuant to provisions of this Constitution a person is
appointed to act in or to perform the functions of a certain office
when the substantive holder of that office fails to perform the
duties connected with that office, then it shall not be permitted to
inquire into or to make any representations against such
appointment on the ground that the substantive holder did not fail
to perform the duties connected with that office.

151.-(1) In this Constitution unless the context otherwise requires -
“military law” means a law or command issued pursuant to a law regulating
discipline in a Force;
“member of armed force” when used in connection with any armed force, includes
any member of the armed force who in accordance with the military law of
the Force, is subject to the discipline of that Force;
“the House of Representatives” means the House of Representatives of Zanzibar
referred to in Article 106 of this Constitution and which performs its
functions in accordance with this Constitution and the Constitution of
Zanzibar, 1984;
“Parliament” means the Parliament of the United Republic referred to in Article
62 of this Constitution;
“Political Party” means a political party which has been granted full registration in
accordance with the Political Parties Act, 1992;
“Judiciary” has the meaning ascribed to it in subarticle (1) of Article 116 of this
Constitution;
“Judiciary of Zanzibar” means the Zanzibar Judiciary which includes all the
courts within the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar;
“Chief Justice” means the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal who is specified
appointed and whose functions are prescribed in Article 18 of this Act.

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Cap.512
(1965 Edition)

“Chief Justice of Zanzibar” means the Chief Justice of the High Court of Zanzibar
who, pursuant to the Constitution of Zanzibar, 1984, is the head of the
Zanzibar Judiciary;
“Force” means any of the armed forces and includes any other force established
by this Constitution or in accordance with law and which is governed by
military law;
“Commonwealth” means the organization whose members include the United
Republic and every country to which the provisions of section 7 of the
Citizenship Act, 1961, apply;
“Oath” shall have the meaning ordinarily ascribed to it and includes any formal
declaration permitted by law to be used instead of an oath;
“oath of allegiance” means the oath to be loyal to the State and to the Government
of the United Republic;
“ethics of Office of Judge” means ethical rules guiding the conduct of persons
holding the office of judge or magistrate;
“office in the service of the Government of the United Republic” shall have the
ordinary meaning of that expression and includes service in the Armed
Forces of the United Republic and in the Police Force or other force
established in accordance with law;
“court” means any court having jurisdiction in the United Republic except a court
established by military law; save that for the purposes of Articles 13, 14
and 15 of this Constitution it shall include a court established under
military law;
“High Court” means the High Court of the United Republic or the High Court of
Zanzibar;
“Union Matters” means all public affairs specified in Article 4 of this Constitution
as being Union Matters;
“State Authority” includes the Executive and the Legislature of the United
Republic, as well as the Executive and the House of Representatives of
Zanzibar;
“Attorney-General” means the Attorney-General for the United Republic referred
to in Article 59;
“the Government” includes the Government of the United Republic, the
Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar or a District Council or Urban
Authority, and also any person exercising any power or authority on behalf
of the Government or local government authority;
“Local Government Authorities” means the local government authorities
established under Article 145 of this Constitution for the purposes of
exercising the people’s power;
“Mainland Tanzania” means the whole of the territory of the United Republic
which formerly was the territory of the Republic of Tanganyika;
“Tanzania Zanzibar” means the whole of the territory of the United Republic
which formerly was the territory of the People’s Republic of Zanzibar and
which was previously referred to as “Tanzania Visiwani”;

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“General Elections” or “people elections” means an election of a President and of
the Members of Parliament representing electoral constituencies, which is
held subsequent to the dissolution of Parliament;
“Ujamaa” or “Ujamaa and Self Reliance” means the society’s life principles for
building a Nation that observes democracy, self reliance, freedom,
equality, fraternity and unity of the peoples of the United Republic;
“Minister” means a Member of Parliament appointed to the office of Minister,
except Deputy Minister, and that definition shall also apply to the Vice-
President;
“Zanzibar” has the same meaning as Tanzania Zanzibar.
(2) The following rules shall be applied for the purpose of construing the
provisions of the Constitution, that is to say -
(a)
whenever a reference is made to the function of the office of
President it shall be construed to include powers to perform various
duties and functions as the Head of the Government of the United
Republic, and also such other functions or duties if so provided in
this Constitution or in any other law that such other powers or
duties ate powers of the President;
(b)
whenever reference is made to an office in the service of the
Government it shall be construed that the office concerned is
within the service of the Government of the United Republic unless
it is stated otherwise and whenever reference is made to the
Government’s department, it shall be construed that the department
of the Government of the United Republic unless it is stated
otherwise ;
(c)
if pursuant to the provisions of this Constitution there is any matter
required to be performed or to be dealt with by any political party,
then that matter shall be performed or dealt with by that party in
accordance with the procedure laid down by that party for that
purpose, and also in conformity with the provisions of this
Constitution or any law enacted by Parliament for that purpose;
(d)
for the purposes of this Constitution, a person shall not be deemed
to hold office in the service of the Government of the United
Republic by reason only that he is receiving pension or other
payment of that kind in respect of his past service in the
Government of the United Republic or in any former Government
of Mainland Tanzania or in the Armed Forces or the Police Force
of the Government of the United Republic or former Government
of Mainland Tanzania or of Zanzibar;
(e)
in this Constitution, unless the context requires otherwise,
whenever reference is made to the holder of a certain office by
reference to the designation of his office such reference shall be
construed to include any person who is acting in, or who has been
duly appointed to perform the functions of that office;
(f)
in this Constitution wherever there is a reference to the power to
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(g)

the United Republic, it shall be construed that the power concerned
includes the power conferred in accordance with the provisions of
any law which requires or permits that person to retire:
Provided that the provisions of this rule shall not be
construed as conferring power on any person to require a Justice of
the Court of Appeal, a Judge of the High Court or the Controller
and Auditor-General to retire from office;
in this Constitution, wherever there is reference to a law which
replaces or repeals another law, it shall be construed that the law
concerned includes a law which amends that other law or which
extends the application of that other law whether with or without
modification or amendment, or a law which introduces new
provisions in another law.

Title,
commencement
and application
of this
Constitution
Act No.15
of 1984
Art.52

152.-(1) This Constitution may be cited as the Constitution of the United
Republic of Tanzania, 1977.
(2) This Constitution came into operation on the 26th of April, 1977.
(3) This Constitution shall apply to Mainland Tanzania as well as
Tanzania Zanzibar.

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FIRST SCHEDULE
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(Referred to in Article 4)
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UNION MATTERS

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

The Constitution of Tanzania and the Government of the United Republic.
Foreign Affairs.
Defence and Security.
Police.
Emergency Powers.
Citizenship.
Immigration.
External borrowing and trade.
Service in the Government of the United Republic.
Income tax payable by individuals and by corporations, customs duty and excise duty on goods
manufactured in Tanzania collected by the Customs Department.
Harbours, matters relating to air transport, posts and telecommunications.
All matters concerning coinage and currency for the purposes of legal tender (including notes),
banks (including savings banks) and all banking business; foreign exchange and exchange control.
Industrial licensing and statistics.
Higher education.
Mineral oil resources, including crude oil other categories of oil or products and natural gas.
The National Examinations Council of Tanzania and all matters connected with the functions of
that Council.
Civil aviation.
Research.
Meteorology.
Statistics.
The Court of Appeal of the United Republic.
Registration of political parties and other matters related to political parties.

11.
12.

13.
14.
15.
16.

17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.

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SECOND SCHEDULE
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LIST ONE

[Referred to in Article 98(1)(a)]

(Laws the amendment of which requires to be supported by at least two-thirds of
all Members of Parliament)
The Republic of Tanganyika (Consequential, Transitional and Temporary Provisions) Act,
1962 Sections 3, 17, 18, 23 and 26

Cap.500
(1965
Edition)

Cap 508

Cap.509

Cap.557
(1965
Edition)

The Judicial Service Act, 1962, [Repealed by Act No.2 of 2005].

The Immigration Act, 1995 [the whole Act.]
The Citizenship Act, 1995 [The whole Act]

The Civil Service Act, 1962, [Repealed by Act No.8 of 2002].

The whole Act of Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar of 1964.

LIST TWO
[Referred to in Article 98(1)(b)]

(Matters the amendment of which requires to be supported by two-thirds of all Members
of Parliament from Mainland Tanzania and two-thirds of all Members of Parliament from
Tanzania Zanzibar).
1.
The existence of the United Republic.
2.
The existence of the Office of President of the United Republic.
3.
The Authority of the Government of the United Republic.
4.
The existence of the Parliament of the United Republic.
5.
The Authority of the Government of Zanzibar.
6.
The High Court of Zanzibar.
7.
The list of Union Matters.
8.
The number of Members of Parliament from Zanzibar.

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