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National Assembly (Tanzania)

National Assembly
Bunge la Tanzania  (Swahili)
10th Parliament
Founded 1 January 1962
New session started
18 November 2010 (2010-11-18)
Deputy Speaker
Seats 357
Political groups
  CCM: 263 seats
  Ex officio: AG 1 seat
  Vacant: 2 seats
  TLP: 1 seat
  UDP: 1 seat
  NCCR-M: 5 seats
  CUF: 35 seats
  CHADEMA: 49 seats
Length of term
5 years
Last election
31 October 2010
Meeting place
Parliament House
Dodoma, Tanzania
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The National Assembly of Tanzania and the President of the United Republic make up the Parliament of Tanzania.[1] The current Speaker of the National Assembly is Hon. Anna Makinda,[2] who presides over a unicameral assembly of 357 members.[3]


  • History 1
  • Mandate 2
  • Functions 3
  • Composition 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The National Assembly of Tanzania was formed as the Legislative Council of Tanzania Mainland – then known as Tanganyika – in 1926. The Council was formed under a law enacted by the British Parliament called the Tanganyika Legislative Council Order and Council. The law was gazetted in Tanganyika on 18 June 1926. The Council consisted of 20 members when it was formed on 7 December 1926 under the Chairmanship of the Governor of Tanganyika, Sir Donald Cameron.

The first Speaker was appointed to replace the Governor as the Chairman of the Council in 1953. The office of Speaker was first occupied on 1 November 1953.

In 1958, the Council got a few elected representatives for the first time. This was the first election allowed in the colony. Of the three political parties which participated in the elections, namely Tanganyika African Union (TANU), United Tanganyika Party (UTP) and African National Congress (ANC), only TANU won in some constituencies, thus becoming the first party to have elected members on the Council.

Second elections for positions on the Council were held in 1960. These elections were part of the preparations being made to make Tanganyika an independent nation. All members appointed by the Governor were abolished and the people of Tanganyika were allowed to elect all members of the Council.

In the same year, the name of the Council was changed to Legislative Assembly. The changes made in this year were constitutionally necessary so as to allow the President of Tanganyika to accent all laws passed instead of the Queen of England.[4]


The Parliament – the National Assembly and the President of the United Republic - obtains its mandate and functions from Chapter 3 of the Constitution of United Republic of Tanzania. The Constitution contains Articles that grant for the establishment, composition and functions of the Parliament.[5]


The Parliament has powers to deal with both Union and non-Union issues which are not in the scope of the Zanzibar Government. It is responsible for discussing bills and passing laws. It also scrutinizes the actions of the Executive arm of the Government.[6]


Hon. Kigwangalla addressing the parliament

Article 66 of the Constitution of Tanzania outlines the following categories of members:[3]

Type No. of members
Elected from constituencies 239
Special seats reserved for women 102
Zanzibar House of Representatives 5
Attorney General (Ex officio member) 1
Nominated by the President 10
Total 357

The current Speaker is Hon. Anna Makinda, the first female speaker in the Assembly’s history.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania". Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Administration of the Parliament of Tanzania". Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Structure of the Parliament of Tanzania". Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "History of the Parliament of Tanzania". Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mandate of the Parliament of Tanzania". Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Functions of the Parliament of Tanzania". Retrieved 29 August 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
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