DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on
Thursday that 2,069 government officials have so far moved to the
East African’s new political capital Dodoma from the commercial
capital Dar es Salaam.
Addressing the National Assembly in Dodoma, Majaliwa said the
officials who have moved to the new capital by the end of the first
phase in February include ministers, permanent secretaries, head of
departments and other senior officials.
Last year, Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced that he will
ensure that his government moved to the centrally located capital of
Dodoma before the end of his first five-year term in 2020.
Already Prime Minister Majaliwa has shifted to the new capital with
a good number of ministries.
In 1973, the Tanzanian government announced that the capital would
be moved from Dar es Salaam to a more central location to better
serve the needs of the people.
In the same year, the government under the leadership of founding
President Julius Nyerere, decided to shift its capital city from Dar
es Salaam to Dodoma, when it was envisaged that the move would take
10 years, and that the cost could be justified when set against a
But four decades later the move could not be implemented on various
reasons, including poor infrastructure and economic difficulties.