Subdivisions of Tanzania
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The administrative divisions of Tanzania are controlled by Part I, Article 2.2 of the Constitution of Tanzania. Tanzania is divided into thirty regions (mkoa in Swahili). Each region is subdivided into districts (wilaya in Swahili). The districts are sub-divided into divisions (mgawanyiko in Swahili) and further into local wards (wodi in Swahili). Wards are further subdivided for management purposes: for urban wards into streets (mitaa in Swahili) and for rural wards into villages (kijiji in Swahili). The villages may be further subdivided into hamlets (vitongoji in Swahili).
In 1922 under the British Tanganyika was divided into twenty-two regions, known as "divisions": Arusha, Bagamoyo, Bukoba, Daressalam, Dodoma, Iringa, Kilwa, Kondoa-Irangi, Lindi, Mahenge, Morogoro, Moshi, Mwanza, Pangani, Rufiji, Rungwe, Songea, Tabora, Tanga, Ufipa, Ujiji, and Usambara.
A division is an administrative organization for several Wards. Every division has its own elected MP (Member of Parliament).
A village is the lowest government administrative structure at the community level. A Ward or Shehia is an administrative structure for one single town or portion of a bigger town (Urban Wards) and is representing up to 21,000 people. Rural wards are composed of several villages.
- Article 2.2 provides: 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. "Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania, 1977 (Cap. 2), as amended" (PDF). Tanzanian Police Force. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2009.