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Akida was a title of indigenous rural officials in Tanganyika.[1] At the time of the Zanzibar Sultanate, they acted as commanders of military divisions, and needed the approval of the sultan.[2] During the German East African rule, the Germans adopted the title from pre-colonial Zanzibar-based administration, investing it with greater power.[1] Under German rule, akidas ruled over so-called Akidate, an intermediate level of government[2] between regional governors and minor countryside chiefs (called jumbe) and functioned as tax collectors, policemen, and lower judges.[1] Their judicial role was recognized under the British colonial administration which took over from Germany following World War I.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Shamil Jeppie, Ebrahim Moosa, Richard L. Roberts, eds. (2010). "Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial Legacies and Post-colonial Challenges". Amsterdam University Press. pp. 275–276.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b 1971-, Becker, Felicitas,; Jigal., Beez, (2005-01-01). Der Maji-Maji-Krieg in Deutsch-Ostafrika, 1905-1907. Ch. Links Verlag. ISBN 9783861533580. OCLC 60770766.

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