Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa is moving to Dodoma today, over 40 years after it was made the country’s Capital City.
The government’s resolve to move to Dodoma was made public by President John Magufuli on Saturday shortly after he was elected chairman of the east African nation’s ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi.
The Tanzanian President Magufuli said he will make sure that the government moved to Dodoma within five years of his presidential term which ends in 2020.
Addressing a rally on Heroes’ Day Celebrations in Dodoma, Prime Minister Majaliwa said:”Once my office moves to Dodoma, ministers, their deputies and other government officials will have to follow suit.”
He said he had directed relevant authorities to complete renovation of his house in Dodoma.
However, the Director General of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), Paskasi Muragili, said about 500 million U.S. dollars was needed to move the government seat from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma. CDA was the government’s implementing agency for the shift.
He’s moving from the commercial capital dares salaam which is 450 kilometres east and on the coast.
This transfer marks the beginning of the government’s migration which is set to take five years and cost $500m. .
For the past two months, government offices have been moving to Dodoma.
President john Magufuli made the order in July when he became chairman of the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).
Dodoma was made the capital city by Tanzania’s founding president, Julius Nyerere, back in 1973