This guideline was developed to be a guide for best clinical practice in the management of hypertension. All efforts were made to ensure references quoted were the most current at the time of printing. Specific attempts were made to use local data and publications to ensure local relevance. Adherence to this guideline may not necessarily lead to the best clinical outcome in individual patient care. Every health care provider is responsible for the care of his/her unique patient based on the clinical presentation and treatment options available locally. However adherence to this guideline is strongly recommended as a starting point in managing patients as it constitute the best available evidence at the time of writing.