CHAPTER 289
REGISTRATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF VILLAGES ACT

Arrangement of Sections

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

PART II
REGISTRATION OF VILLAGES AND THEIR INHABITANTS

   3.   Registration of villages and their inhabitants

   4.   Change of village

   5.   Special provisions for registration of certain persons

PART III
PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT, COMPOSITION AND FUNCTIONS OF A VILLAGE PRODUCTIVITY COMMITTEE

   6.   Provisions relating to the establishment and composition of a Village Productivity Committee

   7.   Election of members of Productivity Committee

   8.   Functions and duties of Productivity Committee

   9.   Funds of Productivity Committee

   10.   Powers and duties of Chairman of Productivity Committee

PART IV
PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT, COMPOSITION AND FUNCTIONS OF A WARD COUNCIL

   11.   Provisions relating to the establishment and composition of a Ward Council

   12.   Functions and duties of Ward Council

   13.   Powers and duties of Chairman of Ward Council

PART V
PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT, COMPOSITION AND FUNCTIONS OF A WARD DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

   14.   Provisions relating to the establishment of a Ward Development Committee

   15.   Functions and duties of Ward Development Committee

   16.   Funds of Ward Development Committee

PART VI
POWERS AND DUTIES OF A CHIEF

   17.   Powers of a Chief

   18.   Duties of a Chief

PART VII
OFFENCES, PENALTIES AND GENERAL

   19.   Offences and penalties

   20.   Regulations

      FIRST SCHEDULE

      SECOND SCHEDULE

      THIRD SCHEDULE

AN ACT

to provide for the registration of villages and of the inhabitants thereof; to provide for the establishment of Village Productivity Committees, Ward Councils and Ward Development Committees; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.

[19th October, 1971]

Act 30 of 1971,

Act 13 of 1994.

PART I
PRELIMINARY

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Registration and Development of Villages Act.

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“Chief” shall have the meaning assigned to it in section 2 of the Chiefs Act, and shall include a Senior Chief;

“councillor” shall have the meaning assigned to it in section 2 of the Local Government Act;

“Headman” means a villager who is recognised as the Headman of a village in a rural area by all or a majority of the other villagers under their customary law to be their Headman and who is also recognised as such by their Chief;

“household” means an inhabitant including all members of his own immediate family;

“inhabitant” means a villager who has attained the age of fourteen years and who habitually and in fact resides in a village;

“prescribed” means prescribed by statutory instrument by the Minister;

“rural area” shall have the meaning assigned to it in section 2 of the Local Government Act;

“village” means a settlement in a rural area of which there is a Headman recognised as such by all or a majority of the villagers and their Chief under their customary law, and “villager” shall be construed accordingly;

“ward” shall have the meaning assigned to it in section 2 of the Local Government Elections Act;

PART II
REGISTRATION OF VILLAGES AND THEIR INHABITANTS

3.   Registration of villages and their inhabitants

   (1) A District Secretary in a rural area shall—

      (a)   supply to a Chief in his district—

      (i)   a prescribed form of register (hereinafter referred to as “the village register”) for the purpose of recording therein the particulars mentioned in sub-section (2) in respect of each village within his area; and

      (ii)   a prescribed form of master register (hereinafter referred to as “the master village register”) for the purpose of recording therein all the particulars recorded in each village register in his area;

      (b)   assist a Headman in his district to prepare and maintain the village register;

      (c)   assist a Chief in his district to compile and maintain the master village register.

   (2) A Headman shall—

      (a)   prepare and maintain the village register for his village in which shall be recorded, in so far as they can be ascertained, the following particulars in respect of such village and its inhabitants—

      (i)   the name of the village;

      (ii)   the name of the Headman;

      (iii)   the name in full of every inhabitant;

      (iv)   sex;

      (v)   date or apparent year of birth;

      (vi)   place of birth;

      (vii)   race or declared national status;

      (viii)   number of national registration card issued under section 8 of the National Registration Act;

      (ix)   date on which an inhabitant ceases to be an inhabitant in his village;

      (x)   date of death of an inhabitant; and

      (xi)   such other particulars as may be prescribed;

      (b)   whenever required by his Chief or by his District Secretary, permit his Chief or his District Secretary to inspect and to take a copy of the entries in the village register for the purpose of compiling and maintaining the master village register;

      (c)   in any event, at least once in every six months, furnish his Chief with the information relating to any inhabitant who, during the previous six months, has ceased to be an inhabitant for any reason whatsoever, and likewise furnish the necessary information to his Chief within the like period in respect of any new inhabitant in his village.

   (3) A Chief shall in his area—

      (a)   ensure that every Headman duly performs the duties imposed upon him pursuant to sub-section (2); and

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