Tanzania’s President John Magufuli announced on July 23rd 2016 that he will ensure the Government headquarters move to Dodoma over the next 5 years.
On July 25th 2016, the Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa announced that his office will move from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma in September 2016.
On July 27th 2016, Tanzania’s Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Jenista Mhagama said that she and her deputies will shift to Dodoma at the beginning of August 2016.
Prime Minister Majaliwa urged the private sector to invest in Dodoma’s services sector. He also called on municipalities to cooperate with the Tanzanian National Roads Agensy (TANROADS) to improve local roads and traffic lights in Dodoma.
Godfrey Simbeye, Executive Director of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), told local media that the private sector sees the Government’s plan to move to Dodoma as a business opportunity since investments will be needed to meet the demand of the growing population.
The decision to move the Government’s headquarters from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma was originally taken by former President Julius Nyerere in 1973.
During that time, the Tanzanian government wanted to move the capital from Dar es Salaam to a more central location to better serve the needs of the people.
However, Nyerere’s decision wasn’t implemented due to financial constraints and economic difficulties.