|Short Title and Commencement||This Act may be cited as the Local Govrnment Act, 1998
and shall come inot operation on such a date as the Minister may, by notice
publish in the Gazett, appoint.
|Interpretation||In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires - "Assembly" means an Assembly specified in the second column of the First Schedule.|
| "immediate family member", in
relation to any person, means that personls
spouse, child, parent, brother or sister.
| "Local Authority" means a District Assembly,
Town Assembly, Municipal
Assembly or City Assembly constituted under this Act;
"Local Government area" means an are under
the jurisdiction of a District
|Objectives of local government||3. The objectives of local government
shall be to further the constitutional
order based on democratic principles, accountability, transperancy and
participation of the people in decision-making and development precess.
|4. (1) For the administration of local government, there
shall be local
government areas which sahll comprise the areas respectively
described in the first column of the Frist Schedule.
| (2) The Minister may, from time to time,
by order published in a Gazette
declare any local government area to be a township or a municipality.
(3) The President may, by order published
in the Gazette, confer the title
(4) The President may, by notice publish
in the Gazette, amend the First
|Composition of the Assembly||5. (1) For every local government area there
shall be an Assembly consisting
One member elected from each ward within the local government
Traditional Authorities and Sub-Traditional Authorities from the
Members of Parliament from the constituencies that fall within the
Five persons as non-voting members to be appointed by the
(2) Each Assembly shall be a body corporate
by the name "The District
|6. (1) The Assembly shall perform the following functions:-
(a) to make policy and decisions on local governance abd development
for the local government area;
to consolidate and promote local democratic institutions and
to promote infrastructural and economic development through the
to mobilize resources within the local government area for
to maintain peace and security in the local government area in
to make by-laws for the good governance of the local government
(g) to appoint, develop, promote and discipline its staff
to co-orparate with their Asssemblies in order to learn from their
(i) to perform other functions other functions including the registration
| (2) In addition to the functions specified
in subsection (1), the Assembly shall
also perform the functions stated in the Second Schedule.
(3) The Minister may, on the written
request of an Assembly, exempt the
(4) The Minister may, by notice published
in the Gazette, amend the Second
|Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Assembly||7. (1) Members of the Assembly shall, at their
first meeting elect, from
amongst their number, a Chairman and the Vice-Chairman.
| (2) The Chairman shall be the head of
the Assembly and shall serve for a
period of five years unless sooner replaced.
(3) The Chairman shall be responsible
for the observance of the provisions
(4) The Assembly shall pay the Chairman,
the Vice-Chairman and other
meetings of the
|8. (1) The procedure to be followed at the meetings of
the Assembly shall be
as laid down in Standing Orders made by the Assembly under
(2) At a meeting of the Assembly of the Assembly, the third of the elected
members shall form a quorum.
|9. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of a City Assembly or Municipal
Assembly may have the title of Mayor and Deputy Mayour, respectively
and any reference in this Act to the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the
Assembly may construed as including a reference to the Mayor or Deputy
member (No .24
|10. A member of the Assembly referred to in section 5 (1) (a)
shall be elected
in accordance with the Local Government Elections Act.
of head of the
|11. (1) There shall be in the Assembly an officer designated
as the Chief
Executive Officer of the Assembly who shall be the head of the
Secretariat of the Assembly.
| (2) The Chief Executive
Officer of the Assembly shall be appointed by
(3) The Chief Executive
Officer if the Assembly shall, subject to the
(a) implementing the resolutions of the Assembly;
(b) the day to day performance of the executive and administrative
(c) the supervision of the departments of the Assembly; and
(d) the proper management and discipline of the staff of the