Dedza - Local Democracy
Dedza District has 8 Parliamentary Constituencies with one MP each. There are 32 Wards that elect a Member to the District Council.
Consultation with the community is an important aspect of local government. Development projects often require a contribution of labour or materials from the community. These activities are conducted through a hierarchy of District, Traditional Authority, Village Group and Village.
Dedza has eight Traditional Authorities (TAs). There is one Senior Chief (in the Kachindamoto TA), six chiefs and one Sub Traditional Authority. Each TA area has an Area Development Committee (ADC). Dedza Township is a separate area.
An Area Development Committee is composed of -
The functions of the ADC include prioritising development requests from Village Development Committees to be passed on to the District Assembly, requesting funding from the Assembly, mobilising local contributions for community projects, monitoring initiatives and informing communities about government initiatives.
There are 2002 villages in Dedza District. The average population of village is 312. The villages are clustered into Village Groups, with an average of 12 villages per Group. Each Group has a Village Development Committee (VDC).
A Village Development Committee consists of -
The Traditional Authority system may deal with some civil law matters, such as land disputes.