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Mayors from Africa
By Andrew Stevens
with additional research by
Tann vom Hove

2 January 2010: Africa is a land of contrasts and no more is this shown than in the diverse forms of local government in each country.  While Egypt retains an appointed centralised system, South African municipalities enjoy considerable powers. Throughout the continent, mayors generally enjoy longer terms of office than elsewhere in the world, while directly elected mayors are fastly becoming the norm in most places.

| Egypt | Ethiopia | Ghana | Kenya | Morocco | Nigeria | Sierra Leone | South Africa | Uganda |

Egypt
232 districts in 29 governorates
Mayors’ term of office:
indefinite
Election: appointed
Responsibilities: limited, not known
Capital: Cairo is administered by the Cairo Governorate, which divides the city into four areas for administrative purposes.
Mayors:
Cairo: Abdul Azim Wazir
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Ethiopia
Districts and two cities in nine regions
Mayors’ term of office: five years
Election: indirect
Responsibilities: culture & leisure, economy, education, health, planning
Capital: Addis Ababa is a chartered city and is further divided into 11 sub-cities, each with their own city council and mayor appointed by the Addis Ababa mayor.
Mayors:
Addis Ababa: Kuma Demekissa;
Dire Dawa: Abdul Azizaziz Mohammed
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Ghana
170 local government entities in 10 regions. Out of the 170 entities, 6 are metropolitan assemblies, 39 are municipal assemblies and 125 are district assemblies.
Mayors’ term of office: four years
Election: indirect: appointed by the president subject to council approval
Responsibilities: education, environment, planning, public health, welfare
Capital: the Accra Metropolitan District is one of four metropolitan districts in Ghana and forms part of the Greater Accra Region, which is led by a regional minister appointed by the president.
Mayors:
Accra: Dr Alfred Vanderpujie
Kumasi: Samuel Sarpong
Tamale: Mohammed Amin Adam
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Kenya
67 counties, 62 towns, 43 municipalities and three cities in seven provinces
Mayors’ term of office: five years
Election: direct (cities and municipalities); indirect (counties and towns)
Responsibilities: dependent on delegation from central government but most provide basic environmental, planning, public health, roads and waste services
Capital: Nairobi City is a provincial-level local government.
Mayors:
Mombasa: Ahmed Mohdhar;
Nairobi: Geoffrey Majiwa
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Morocco
1,547 communes in 16 regions
Mayors’ term of office: six years
Election: direct
Responsibilities: culture & leisure, planning, public health, public safety
Capital: Rabat is part of the Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer region.
Mayors:
Casablanca: Mohammed Sajid
Rabat: Fathallah Oualalou
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Nigeria
774 councils in 36 states
Mayors’ term of office: three years
Election: direct
Responsibilities: culture & leisure, education, environment, planning, roads, transport, waste
Capital: Abuja is the Federal Capital Territory and consists of six area councils, including Abuja City.
Mayors:
Abuja: Aliyu Moddibo Umar
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Sierra Leone
12 districts in three provinces
Mayors’ term of office: four years
Election: direct (from 2009)
Responsibilities: dependent on urban/rural character, councils can be delegated functions from central ministries
Capital: the Western Area is separate from the three provinces, consists of two districts and contains the capital city Freetown.
Mayors:
Freetown: Herbert-George Williams
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South Africa
231 municipalities and six metropolitan municipalities in nine provinces
Mayors’ term of office: six years
Election: direct or indirect, determined by provincial government
Responsibilities: environment, fire, planning, public health, roads, transport, utilities, water & sewerage
Capital: Pretoria the de facto capital is located in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.
Mayors:
Cape Town: Patricia de Lille
Durban: Obed Mlama
East London: Ntombentle Peter
Johannesburg: Amos Masondo
Port Elizabeth: Nondumiso Maphasi
Tshwane: Gwen Ramokgopa
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Uganda
80 districts
Mayors’ term of office: five years
Election: direct
Responsibilities: education, environment, public health, welfare
Capital: Kampala City Council is divided into five administrative divisions. Under the constitution central government can decide to administer the city.
Mayors:
Fort Portal: Edson Asaba Ruyonga;
Jinja: Muhammed Kezaala Baswale;
Kampala: Nasser Sebaggala
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