By Azania Post Reporter
Tanzania Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan will be the second top cabinet oficial to shift from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, the capital city before end of this year, President Dr. John Magufuli has announced.
Already, Prime Minister, Kasim Majaliwa has shifted his office from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma in September last year.
Speaking during a ceremony to commission 422 military officers in Arusha today, President Magufuli said Vice President will shift to Dodoma before end of this year.
“Vice President is shifting to Dodoma this year, and I will go there next year, no any government employee would be allowed to stay in Dar es Salaam,” he said.
Dr Magufuli said already there are over 3,000 government workers who have already shifted to capital city, Dodoma.
Addressing National Parliament in Dodoma recently, Premier 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.
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 long-term perspective.
But four decades later the move could not be implemented on various reasons, including poor infrastructure and economic difficulties.