DAR ES SALAAM
Nearly 3,500 residents of Chamwino district, in Tanzania's capital Dodoma, are set to be moved away to make room for the expansion of State House, a senior official said on Thursday.
Tanzania Building Agency Director of Real Estate Baltazar Kimangano said compensation packages amounting to 3 million U.S. dollars have been set aside for the 3,491 residents.
Kimangano said the 8,473 hectares of land owned by the residents has been taken over by the government for the expansion of the State House, the official residence of the president. The expansion project will affect three villages of Chamwino, Buigiri and Msanga, the official said.
The compensation exercise began this week after a thorough scrutiny of each listed beneficiary, said Kimangano. He said after the latest evaluation by a special panel comprising land officers and planners, a total of 2,719 people have been cleared to receive compensation.
President John Magufuli announced in July 2016 that government headquarters would be moved to Dodoma over the next five years.
Several government ministries and institutions have already moved to the capital in central Tanzania. In July this year, President Magufuli presented 67 land title deeds to diplomats representing their countries in Tanzania to enable them construct their new offices in Dodoma.
The decision to move the government's headquarters from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma was originally taken by former President Julius Nyerere in 1973. That decision was not implemented due to financial constraints and economic difficulties at the time.