To coordinate the planning, implementation and monitoring of developmental programmes and national policies in all the districts in the province and to ensure that the concurrent functions of the Province Administration and exclusive functions of the Local Government are performed in accordance with the constitution and other laws.
• Coordinates and provides Policy guidance;
• Supervises Physical and Social-Economic Planning;
• Oversees Local Government Administration;
• Monitors and Evaluates the implementation of Developmental Programmes, such as infrastructure development;
• Facilitates National Events such as Youth Day, Women’s day, Labour Day, Public Service Day, Independence Day,
Honours and Awards etc.;
• Develops and manages human and financial resources;
• Ensures that there is proper allocation of office accommodation for officers in the Province;
• Supervises all Government Departments and institutions including Parastatal Organisations;
• Officiates at important events and ceremonies in the Province such as Government Programmes, Weddings,
• Attends to Boards, such as Board of Inquiry and Board of Survey; and
• Attends to parliamentary matters.
Provincial administration in Zambia is set up purely for administrative purposes. The province is headed by a minister appointed by the President and there are ministries of the central government for each province. The administrative head of the province is the Permanent Secretary, appointed by the President. There are a Deputy Permanent Secretary, heads of government departments and civil servants at the provincial level. Eastern Province is divided into nine districts as follows: Chadiza District, Chipata District, Katete District, Lundazi District, Mambwe District, Nyimba District, Petauke District, Sinda District and Vubwi District. All the district headquarters are the same as the district names. There are nine councils in the province, each headed by an elected representative, called councillor. Each councillor holds the office for three years. The administrative staff of the council is selected based on Local Government Service Commission from within or outside the district. The office of the provincial government is located in each of the district headquarters and has provincial local government officers and auditors. Each council is responsible for raising and collecting local taxes, and the budgets of the council are audited and submitted every year after the annual budget. The elected members of the council do not draw salaries, but are paid allowances from the council. Eastern Province is a predominantly rural area and hence there are no city or municipal councils. The government stipulates 63 different functions for the councils with the majority of them being infrastructure management and local administration. Councils are mandated to maintain each of their community centres, zoos, local parks, drainage system, playgrounds, cemeteries, caravan sites, libraries, museums and art galleries. They also work along with specific government departments for helping in agriculture, conservation of natural resources, postal service, establishing and maintaining hospitals, schools and colleges. The councils prepare schemes that encourage community participation. Chama District from the province was aligned to the newly created Muchinga Province in 2011.