By Azania Post Reporter
PRIME Minister Kasim Majaliwa has said the status of Dar es Salaam city will remain as it is despite the government’s move to shift its capital to Dodoma region , Central Tanzania.
Speaking during the launching of United Nations offices in Dodoma today, the Premier urged businessmen to continue investing in the city and other areas in Tanzania.
The status of Dar es Salaam city will remain as it is despite the shift, since the government would l continue to improve its infrastructures, he said.
He said the government continues to implement various projects namely Ubungo interchange, roads, speed railway and rapid bus transit in Dar es Salaam.
“I urge investors to continue investing Dar es Salaam because it is a business center, the government would like to see improvement in all sectors of economy,” he added.
However, Majaliwa said already all government ministers and deputies, permanent secretaries and directors have already shifted to Dodoma.
“There is a total of 2,346 government employees who have shifted to Dodoma, I urge those who did not report to do so immediately,” he said.
The Premier who already shifted to Dodoma this year revealed that the Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan is on the way.
He said the VP will shift to Dodoma before end of this year while the next top leader would be President Dr John Magufuli next year.
Speaking last year in one of event, President Magufuli was quoted as saying he intends to move to Dodoma, the new capital city by the year 2018.
“Therefore, after 2019, when the State House shifts to Dodoma it will be strange to see any ministry, central government offices and related institutions still sticking to Dar es Salaam and those that are going to be stubbornly clinging there, should consider themselves sacked automatically,” the Head of State insisted.
The President pointed out that there is no way that the country will continue to dillydally with the issue of moving its capital to Dodoma; "The Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Nyerere issued the directive way back in 1973 and it is unfathomable that we are still dragging our feet over the issue," he said.
Dodoma was founded in 1907 by German colonists during construction of the Tanzania central railway line.
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.