Effects Of Integrity On The Performance Of Elected Leaders In Local Government Authorities In Manyara Region, Tanzania
Nemence Iriya, Namusonge G. S
Abstract: This study assessed effects of integrity on the performance of elected leaders in Babati town council. A sample size of 93 community members and 24 community leaders were obtained through simple random selection. Data were collected by using structured interview questionnaire. Data were analyzed using SPSS. Simple descriptive statistics and cross tabulation were used in the analysis. The results shows that councilors decided to contest for the position in order to serve citizens (73.1%). On the other hands, most of the decisions that are made by councilors through their routine council meetings were not found to be pro citizens (66.7%). The major drive for position was found to be personal gains than serving the community. Factors affecting councilor’s performance were found to be greedy to payments, favoritisms, other personal benefits and lack ethics and general lack of capacity to handle and supervise community projects. Councilors were also found in misconducts contrary to rules and regulations. Councilors were found to be operating contrary to the Act No. 7 of 1982 that established the local government authorities in rural areas, and the Local Government (Urban Authorities) Act No. 8 of 1982. They were involved in district tender, misuse of public funds, and did not effectively participate in community meetings. It is recommended that rules and regulations governing councilors need to be enforced so as to improve integrity and conformity to standard operation procedures in public resource management
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