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Title:Zambia's Local Administration Act, 1980: An Examination of the Integration Objective
Author:Mukwena, Royson M.
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:local government
local government reform
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Abstract:At independence, Zambia inherited a fragmented administrative structure: a diffuse collection of State departments enjoying a large measure of autonomy and only loosely controlled by any central, coordinating body. The new government introduced administrative reforms in 1964-1965 and in 1969, but these proved to be unsuccessful. A new structure was needed which would, among other concerns, improve coordination at the district level. A new bill was introduced which was passed in December 1980 as the Local Administration Act and put into effect on 1 January 1981. One of its objectives was the integration of the primary organs of the party and other organs of local administration into one body: the district council. The remainder of this article discusses the district council, its governor and secretariat, and analyses the problems that have made the envisaged integration unattainable. These problems concerned the integration formula, and the lack of finance, personnel, development plans, and political control. Bibliogr.