Ilemela Municipal Council is one of the seven districts of the Mwanza Region of Tanzania with a postcode number 33200. It is bordered to the north and west by Lake Victoria, to the east by Magu District, and to the south by Nyamagana District. Part of the region’s capital, the town of Mwanza, is within Ilemela District. The district commission’s office is located in Buswelu area of Mwanza town.
In October 1, 2012 MCC split into 2 authorities namely New MCC and IMC through the local government act No. 7 of 1982, the IMC was established to perform local government functions in Ilemela District.
The major ethnic groups are Sukuma, Zinza, and Kerewe. According to proposed Mwanza Regional Socio –Economic Profile of 2010, there are 8 ethnicity groups in Ilemela districts. However, due to intermarriages especially in the last two decades, adoption of new cultural traits has taken place with merging culture and beliefs. The outcome of this process is that racial distinctions have been broken and cultures have been blended into large beliefs and customs, few tribes still follow their respective customary beliefs diligently.
The IMC has political, economic and social responsibilities over its communities functioning through a representative organ known as Full Council which enables it to decide on how to run their own affairs in their respective localities. Like other councils in the country, IMC is a corporate body and a legal entity having a perpetual succession that cannot die like a natural person. Also the council has an official seal which is like a signature of a natural person and in its corporate name can sue and be sued, borrow, hold, purchase and dispose any movable or immovable property and make by-laws.
The vision of Ilemela municipal Council is “A council with strong economic base that involves community participation in provision of better and equitable service delivery in harmonized condition”
The mission of the Municipal Council is “To raise the living standard of the people of Ilemela through good governance by providing and maintaining basic services and facilities in areas of education, health, sanitation and other social amenities”.
For parliamentary elections, Tanzania is divided into constituencies. As of the 2010 elections Ilemela District had one constituency:
Ilemela District is administratively divided into divisions.
In 2002, Ilemela District was administratively divided into ten wards. As of 2012, it was divided into nineteen wards having undergone some reorganisation.
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