Procedures and Conditions for Gravel Removal in Tanzania.

Grave removal, the process of relocating buried remains, is a sensitive matter that requires careful consideration and adherence to certain conditions. 

In Tanzania, the legal framework for grave removal is established by the Gravels (Removal) Act [Chapter 72, Revised Edition 2002]. This act outlines essential conditions that must be met during the process of grave removal to ensure the respectful treatment of the deceased and the maintenance of public health.

Procedure for Graves Removal in Tanzania.

The following are the procedures for removing graves which is under land ministry.

🔴where any land on which a grave is situated is required for a public purpose the Minister may cause such grave and any dead body buried

therein to be removed from the land and, in such case, shall take all such steps as may be requisite or convenient for the re-instatement of the grave and the re-interment of the dead body in a place approved by him for the purpose.

🔴Notice of intention to remove graves, to bw issuet to interested partu and religion community concern.

🔴Notice to be published in Gazette as soon as may be practicable after the Notice has been serve.

🔴 Interested party will be given time to remove graves of their relatives.

Conditions for Grave Removal in Tanzania

According to Section 7 of The Gravels (Removal) Act, the conditions for grave removal in Tanzania are as follows:

🔴The removal should be conducted with due solemnity and respectful treatment of the deceased.

🔴Whenever possible, the removal should be carried out without unnecessary damage to the grave and the deceased’s body.

🔴The disinterred body should be transported and re-interred promptly, avoiding any undue delays.

🔴Privacy must be ensured during the removal process, preventing any exposure of the deceased’s body to public view.

🔴The removal process should be carried out in a manner that does not pose a threat to public health.

🔴The undertaking should follow the directions provided by a public officer appointed by the Minister, who oversees the removal process.

➡️These conditions underscore the significance of maintaining dignity, respect, and public safety throughout the process of grave removal in Tanzania.


This publication has been prepared for general guidance on matters of interest only, and does not constitute professional advice. You should not act upon the information contained in this publication without obtaining specific professional advice.

In summary, grave removal in Tanzania is subject to strict conditions as outlined in the Gravels (Removal) Act.

These conditions prioritize the respectful treatment of the deceased, the preservation of privacy, and the protection of public health.

By upholding these standards, the authorities ensure that the sensitive process of grave removal is carried out with the utmost care and consideration.