The performance of Dar es salaam city commission: A challenge to local government institutions in Tanzania.

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University of Dar es Salaam
This is comparative study on the performance of two institutions operating in one area at different times using the same laws, principles, employees and by-laws. The only difference is the changing of top leadership of the institution from elected councilors to appointed commissioners. It examines the context to which weaknesses and strengths were leading to poor and good performance. The underlying consequences of poor performance of the Dar es salaam city council and that of good performance of the city commission are also spelt out. The study is enchored on the premise that good performance is the result of adherence and non-adherence to governance principles, respectively. The study is based on the case study approach and focuses on the Dar es salaam City Council vis-à-vis- Dar es salaam City Commission. Deductive and inductive methods are used to test the hypotheses. Stratified and purposeful techniques were employed to select the respondents’ interviews and documentary review facilitated the gathering of Data. The study findings, largely, confirm the study premise. It revealed that the disbanded Dar es salaam City Council neither stretched enough muscles in the collection of revenue as the law demanded City Commission made many administrative reforms, technical and political which led to maximum collection of revenue and good service delivery to the public. The good performance of the City Commission especially on the aspects of transparency, reciprocity, responsiveness, accountability and rule enforcement led the city to the new look, not only to the employees, but also to the unemployed and the public at large. Finally the study has given many conclusions and recommendations calling for adherence to governance principles and for the case of LGI, the Revenue process is vital.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr.Wilbert Chagula Library, (THS EAF JS 345.T34K37)
local government institutions, Dar es salaam city, Tanzania
Katie, E. R (2001) The performance of Dar es salaam city commission: A challenge to local government institutions in Tanzania, Masters dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam.